Come on a wine tasting adventure or custom tour in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains!

All inclusive Private or Public Wine Tours, Fully customizable tours with optional shopping, sightseeing, special events, brewery, agri-tourism, Private gatherings, Transportation Services and more…

VIP Wine Tour Exclusive! Waterfalls and Wine Tour. Take the road less traveled with VIP Southern Tours for this unique and scenic adventure through North Georgia’s wine country! On your tour, you will explore some of North Georgia’s ‘Hidden Gems’ waterfalls and boutique wineries. Tour starts back in Spring 2022




VIP Southern Tours has had the same mission since 2013: Create a memorable wine tour experience for each guest. We specialize in small group wine tours that are exclusive, fun and informative.

We offer luxury executive transportation services for wine tours, custom tours, weddings, company outings or events. Book a wine tour or give one as a gift.

For our guests: We strive to create an exceptional tour experience; From our well trained and knowledgeable staff and tour guides, Our fleet of executive buses and SUV’s to creating wonderful and lasting memories for couples, friends, co-workers and families alike. Sit back, relax and enjoy North Georgia’s Wine Country or whatever adventure your seeking! Cheers!



We are located in the heart of North Georgia’s wine country just outside Helen, Georgia. We offer public, private and custom wine tours designed to enhance your tour experience. You can create your own custom private wine tour, or join other wine lovers for a fun and informative wine tasting experience in the beautiful North Georgia mountains.

Ask about our travel adventure and tour services, exclusive ‘Sommelier’ hosted educational wine tours and transportation services.

Our all-inclusive private and public wine tours include an artisan picnic lunch and tastings at 3 featured wineries and tasting rooms from the Unicoi Wine Trail and others in the White County and Eastern Lumpkin County area. Our private wine tours can be fully customized to include many different wineries, breweries, tasting rooms, restaurants and points of interest in the Northeast Georgia area, Including: Helen/Dahlonega area wineries, Jasper/Elijay area wineries, Clayton area wineries and other scattered across the Northeast Georgia Mountains.

Our wine tours visit some of North Georgia’s best wineries. Our public tours in the Helen, Georgia area visit 3 local wineries that are chosen by us. Private and custom tours offer more flexibility of winery choices.

Here is a small sample list of wineries we tour: *Some wineries on the list are on our Classic Public Tour and others are on our Private Custom Tours.

  • Yonah Mountain Vineyards
  • Serenity Cellars (Public Tour)
  • The Cottage Vineyard and Winery (Public Tour)
  • Habersham Winery
  • CeNita Vineyards (Public Tour)
  • Terra Incognita Vineyards
  • Sylvan Valley Lodge Tasting Room (Public Tour)
  • Chateau Meichtry
  • Ott Farms and Vineyards
  • Stonewall Creek Vineyards
  • Tiger Mountain Vineyards
  • 12 Spies Vineyards
  • Kaya Vineyards (Public Tour)
  • Frogtown Cellars
  • Cavender Creek Vineyards (Public Tour)
  • Wolf Mountain Vineyards
  • Creekstone Winery (Public Tour)
  • Buckley Vineyards

Custom Private Wine and Adventure Tours

We can design tours to explore other North Georgia wineries as well as creating custom tours that can include sightseeing, shopping, waterfalls, brewery tours, special events and points of interest and more…

Other North Georgia wineries list:

Wineries near Clayton – Tiger Mountain Vineyards, Stonewall Creek Vineyards, 12 Spies Vineyards, Currahee Vineyards, Hightower Creek Vineyards

Wineries near Dahlonega, Jasper and Blue Ridge area – Montaluce Winery, Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery, Three Sisters Vineyard and Winery, Blue Mountain Vineyards, Odom Springs Vineyard, Serenberry Vineyards, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, Cartecay Vineyards, Engelheim Vineyards, Feathers Edge Vineyards, Chateau Meichtry Vineyards, Ott Farms and Vineyards, Fainting Goat Vineyards, Bear Claw Vineyards

Wineries near Gainesville – Sweet Acre farms, Chateau Elan

Breweries: Tantum, Sweetwater, Terrapin and other breweries in the North Georgia area.

Shopping areas include: Helen, Clayton, Dahlonega, Clarkesville, Blue Ridge and more.

Other points of interest in the Northeast Georgia area.

If you are interested in a special custom private tour, please contact us directly at 706.878.1011 or email us for more information. If tour requires pickup outside of the Helen area, additional travel fees may apply.

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When people travel they grow. They become happier, build self confidence, make new memories and experience new things. I have this incredible passion bringing people together with a new destination and experience and I truly love creating memories.

I have traveled as long as I can remember. I’ve visited 60 countries and have taken hundreds of travelers to Europe over the years. I graduated Georgia State in 1998 and knew I would continue to stay in the travel industry. In 1996 I opened up a full service travel agency near Helen, GA and to this very day I truly enjoy matching up the traveler with the right trip.

In 2013 I met with local businesses and officials to come up with ways to bring the wine industry and the tourism industry together. I decided to take a leap of faith and created a wine tour experience. The ingredients were perfect for me, I was in my hometown, it brought together travelers and locals, it was fun, and it included wine! I created an all-inclusive wine tour, bringing out all the best options from previous travel experiences. Travelers enjoyed beautiful scenery, had fun tour guides, enjoyed unique wineries and made wonderful memories.

The tours grew from one bus to multiple buses in just a few short years. I received an award of Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 by the White County Chamber of Commerce. I continue to work hard with my team to strive for a level of excellency and commitment to our travelers and local community.

After a short time, I also realized that there were so many types of travelers and the standard full day wine tour was simply not one size fits all. We added unique and private tours to the lineup. I also learned that the wine tours really do bring people together, and in one year we doubled our private tour business. Families, friends, co-workers and special event tours. We now have found a way to fill every need on private tours, whether its a tour with a wine expert, chocolate tasting or even zip-lining (we recommend doing this FIRST before drinking wine).

I still am a full time travel consultant, and have clients from all over the world. I also look for new ways to grow the wine tours. I love traveling and am always looking for the next greatest adventure. My favorite trip? An Arctic Expedition around Svalbard, Norway. My favorite wine? Let’s just say, I’ve only met a few I haven’t liked!

Christina Ernst

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