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  • 20 Jan 2022 4:43 PM | Anonymous
    Georgia Wine Producers would like to congratulate our Georgia Wineries for their recent wins in The 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. 

    Blue Cielo Farms, Chateau Elan Winery, Crane Creek Vineyards, Farmer's Daughter Vineyards, Kaya Vineyards & Winery. Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery, and Yonah Mountain Vineyards/Young American all brough home medals. 

    See the full article and listing of winners here: Best Wines of North America | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Official Website (winejudging.com)

  • 14 Jan 2022 9:50 PM | Anonymous

    To all Members of GWP

    We the board want to clarify some information about the Wine & Grape commodity commission, as there is some confusion going around about what it is.

    As owners of wineries, we’ve been working towards this for 15 years, with several key players that have been working towards a common goal of support from the State.

    Just a few years ago, we had 3 different “organizations” that were mainly formed to help promote wineries in the state.  We then all agreed that a statewide organization is more beneficial, to unite as one entity in the state, with the intention of forming the commission, so that we can finally have some pull in the Georgia legislature.

                    All of this took several years because it has always been “us” the winery owners, carving out some of our precious time, to volunteer to make it better for all wineries.  Finally, 2 years ago, we scraped enough money together to hire an “executive director” to focus all her time on achieving these goals we have been slowly inching towards.  In these last 2 years, she did an AMAZING job, of physically going up to the GA. State capital, and making sure all the bureaucratic process was completed, to ensure that the GWP could do the first step, and get an actual law passed, to form the GA State Wine and Grape Commodity Commission. This is part of a multi-step, multi-year process.

    Now for the hard part.  Explaining to all wine producers in the state, that aren’t always able to attend the meeting.

    Here are the big takeaways:

    • The commission was just formed last year
    • The commission is required by law to only spend the money in our own field, and ONLY used for Education, Research, and Marketing.
    • The commission is made up of 5 winery owners, in this state, and were also founding members of GWP
    • The commission is Not just bureaucratic government agents trying to take another “tax” that goes into a “General Fund”
    • Right now, the only way we fund GWP, is with membership dues, and Wine Highway
    • This is a way for all the wineries to finally get funding so that we can do something
    • Andy Harrison is the Chairman of All the Commodity Commissions in Georgia and has a 2 hour presentation on the proven benefits, and perks to having our own Commission. They have done the research, and the “Dairy, Beef, and Cotton” folks all are in support of their own commission, and they all “Pay in”.
    • The only way to move forward is to vote YES to the “Marketing Order”–(which is the “self tax”)
    • The tax will be 5-20 cents per liter. (Which is 45 cents- $1.80 a case)
    • Wineries commonly pass this tiny tax per bottle onto the consumer if they so desire
    • This is a way for us to finally pay into a self “tax” that will 100% benefit us as wineries
    • Every other major wine State in America has a Wine and Grape commodity commission, and some have used that leverage to even get a cut of ALL Excise tax from bottles of wine from outside their state, to benefit their own state wineries.
    • The Commission gets “elected” every 2-3 years. Elected members must be from GWP

    At the GWP meeting this week, we had a lot of questions answered about:

    What will the form look like?  (It hasn’t been made yet)

    Who do we pay to? (The wine and Grape Commission)

    Where does the money go? (Into a dedicated fund ONLY for Wine and Grape Commission)

    What are we doing with the money? (Marketing, Education, and Research)

    What is the budget? (If we tax at 5 cents, and we estimate 1 million liters produced in the full year, that would be $50,000)

    Most of these haven’t been formally answered yet, since we must estimate a budget, because the DOR- (department of revenue) can’t even give us an exact number of liters produced.  Their best “estimate” is around One million liters per year.

    Some ideas we have had:

    •  Statewide marketing campaign, using our “Buy Georgia Wine” platform

    fund Viticulture positions at UGA

    • Put up state highway signs, promoting Georgia Wine

    • Use our future leverage to incentivize Grape growers in Georgia

    • Help offset some of the compensation for the Director position

    We as a board believe this is the best way to move forward, with the intention of creating our own new “Wine Country” right here in Georgia.  We do not like being behind in the industry, and many other States have proven the efficacy of investing in themselves.  This funding can be used to unify and promote a better perception of Georgia wine, and help increase everyone’s Business, with our own Statewide marketing campaign.

    This is the biggest step we have ever made as an industry, in the history of Georgia Wine, and you all have an opportunity to be a part of it!

    Please use this letter to tell any neighbors you know who did not attend the meeting, so their misconceptions, or questions can be answered.

    We can do a Zoom this Sunday to ask any questions of the Wine Commission.

    Thank you for your time,

    GWP 2022 Board of Directors

    Pamela Jackson

    Matthew Johnson

    Joey Muller

    Sean Wilborn

    Gary Wiseman

    Jane Miller

    Jason Summerour

  • 4 Jan 2022 11:14 AM | Anonymous

    The rumors are true, we have scheduled Wine Highway 2022 for the month of March, stay tuned for all the details coming very soon. 

  • 9 Dec 2021 12:08 AM | Anonymous
    Georgia Wine Producers announces they have hired Taree Darby as the Executive Director of their statewide organization. 

    “I am honored to accept the position of Executive Director,” Darby says. “I have developed a deep passion for local business over the years, especially our incredible wineries and vineyards here in Georgia. I cannot wait to begin my journey with this organization and support our growing viticulture industry” 

    Taree has spent her career building skills for a position just like this one. She spent a decade at Panera Bread where she honed in on Learning and Development and Business Management. A change in heart took her skills to a more local platform where she acted as a Human Resource Director. In the last three years, she has worked at Engelheim Vineyards where she gained a true passion for Georgia grown wines. She also supports businesses local to her by managing their social media platforms where she sees much success. 

    “We are proud to have Taree leading our organization. She will continue to help us reach our strategic goals and continue to support the growth of commercial wine production in Georgia,” says Eric Seifarthl, president of the Georgia Wine Producers. 

    Taree will be serving as legislative liaison for the Georgia Wine Producers to accomplish legislative goals set forth by the board through relationship building, communication, and representation at legislative functions. She will work with event committees to organize and run all aspects of the Association’s major events, currently the Annual Conference, Georgia Wine Highway and future Georgia Wine Producers sanctioned wine events.She will also organize and execute additional seminars and educational opportunities for members and associate members, as well as implementing additional benefits of membership for the organization.

    If you would like more information about the Georgia Wine Producers, please contact Taree Darby at 706-897-1758 or email director@georgiawineproducers.org
  • 8 Nov 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Georgia Wine Producers is seeking a new Executive Director

    A passionate leader and persuasive communicator is sought to guide the Georgia Wine Producers into its next chapter.  The Georgia Wine Producers mission is to  support the growth of commercial wine production in Georgia through increased public recognition and consumption of Georgia’s wines made with Georgia grown grapes and fruits, resulting in investment, revenue & jobs in Georgia.

    About Us

    GWP is the statewide industry association representing Farm Wineries and vineyards in Georgia.  While the association is relatively new, established in 2014, the modern wine industry in Georgia is around 35 years old.    The burgeoning Georgia wine industry has grown to more than 80 wineries statewide.  This growth has precipitated the need for an organization to represent, support, and lead the industry into the next phase.

    About the Position

    The Executive Director will provide high profile leadership, vision, and hands-on implementation for the marketing, brand building, public profile, programs and events of GWP. S/he will facilitate and lead member and board efforts to achieve the mission and goals of the Association as approved by the 11 person Board of Directors, and work directly with the constituents of the Association, including the Board, board committees, winery members, associate members, tourism partners, industry and community organizations, media, and the public. The Executive Director has full P&L responsibility for our budget as well as seeking funding through various avenues that will be determined by the Board of Directors. This environment provides tremendous opportunity to set the course and guide the future of the Association. It also demands complete accountability. A strong candidate will thrive in this setting and take ownership of every aspect of our organization.

    Does This Describe You?

    • A Strategic Visionary – able to dream big and chart a course to get there, excellent judgment and decision-making ability.

    • A Tactical Implementer – a self-assured professional with strong project management skills, organized

    with excellent attention to detail, an independent and collaborative self-starter able to shift gears and balance competing priorities.

    • A Persuasive Communicator - deeply relational and authentic, an influencer and ambassador, relates well to all kinds of people inside and outside the organization, uses diplomacy and tact, able to facilitate and achieve consensus among opposing views, maintains a respected reputation for self and organization, comfortable in the public spotlight, able to make a vision come to life for others.

    • A Brand Builder – able to translate a vision into an established brand, using creativity, consistency, tenacity, and commitment, creatively analytical, zealous about metrics, adept with social media.

    • Loves Numbers – analytical, inquisitive, not afraid to ask the obvious or obscure questions, energized by goals, budgets, metrics, and data, comfortable targeting funding sources and securing resources.

    • Passionate – excited about the opportunity to chart the course of an up and coming wine region, pro-active and energetic with a strong work ethic, willing to break the status quo by thinking in new ways and trying new ideas.


    The Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Directors and, along with them, is responsible for the timely and consistent achievement of the Association’s mission and goals. 

    This requires:

    Planning and Goal Setting

    • With the Board President, facilitate the fulfillment of governance functions of the Board of Directors

    • Lead the long-range and annual strategic planning and budgeting process and keep the organization on track to meet objectives

    • Publish monthly updates via e-newsletter to the membership

    Marketing and Public Relations

    • Continue to  develop the brand direction and marketing strategies, successfully implement marketing plans to achieve objectives

    • Oversee all aspects of website, including periodic redesign as needed

    • Work to implement and track all social media campaigns

    • Manage all Association collateral and marketing assets, including internal and external e-newsletter and selling advertising, design, printing and distribution of a State Winery Map.

    • Set and implement goals and media target lists to build awareness of the Georgia wine region with media and journalists

    Communication and Relationship Building

    • Manage the current membership database and develop and maintain General Membership by recruiting eligible new winery members, communicating with members, encouraging their input and involvement in Association activities

    • Manage Associate Membership Program, recruiting new members, fulfilling their benefits and soliciting their participation in Association programs

    • Liaise with local cities, tourism organizations, and chambers of commerce, looking for opportunities to collaborate in marketing our region and spreading our message; serve on related tourism boards as outlined by the Board. 

    • Collaborate with tourism partners/lodging partners to build co-promotional campaigns and acquire additional funding for regional marketing efforts

    Legislative Liaison

    Accomplish legislative goals set forth by the board through relationship building, communication, and representation at legislative functions. 

    Event Management

    • Organize and run all aspects of the Association’s major events, currently the Annual Conference, Georgia Wine Highway and future GWP Sanctioned Wine Events. 

    • Attend roadshows, community events, and wine events to promote GWP wine members and region.

    • Organize and execute additional seminars, events, educational opportunities for members and associate members.

    Grant Management

    • Work with Board, marketing committee, and contractors for overall grant strategy and deliverables

    • Manage all contractors, grant deliverables, research for grant writing initiatives. 

    • Lead efforts to win subsequent grants

    Work Conditions

    The work conditions for this position will include:

    • Virtual office; must be able to work independently. Laptop provided. Mobile phone provided. 

    • Significant local (throughout the wine region) travel during the business day; occasional out-of-the-area and overnight travel is required for roadshows and conferences.

    • Advanced computer skills required including Google Business Suite, membership management software, website management.

    • No heavy lifting is expected, though lifting of up to a case of wine is required (50 lbs). 

    • Physically able to participate in tradeshows, presentations, and meetings.

    • This is a full-time position and requires frequent early morning, evening and weekend work.

    Other duties may be required as assigned by the Board. 

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Contact Information

    Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to director@georgiawineproducers.org  by November 19, 2021. 

  • 7 Nov 2021 7:34 PM | Anonymous

    The voting membership, including the Board of Directors, shall have their Annual Membership Meeting for the transaction of business on January 10, 2022 at 1:00pm at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, 100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, GA 30517. 

    Currently Accepting Nominations for the following Positions:

    Bonded Georgia Farm Winery Member from the North Region
    Currently Matt Vrahiotes, Sweet Acre Farms Winery (ineligible for re-election)

    Bonded Georgia Farm Winery Member for the South Region
    Currently Chris Paulk, Paulk Vineyards -Treasurer (ineligible for re-election)

    At Large 1
    Currently Eric Seifarth, Crane Creek Vineyards -President (ineligible for re-election) 

    At Large 3
    Currently Gary Engel, Engelheim Vineyards (ineligible for re-election)

    At large voting members can be any combination of Bonded Georgia Farm Winery member(s) and, or Vineyard and, or Orchard member(s), from any region of the state. 

    Membership dues must be paid and current to be considered for a Board of Directors position. 

    Click Here to view the Georgia Wine Producers By Laws and a Regional Map

    If you wish to appoint a proxy to vote at the Annual Meeting, click here for a Voting Proxy Form.

    Please include Name, Business Name, and Contact Information.

  • 18 Jun 2021 10:28 AM | Anonymous

    Big changes are coming to the annual event known as Wine Highway. Now known as Georgia Wine Highway and sponsored by Georgia Wine Producers, the statewide organization representing wineries and vineyards in Georgia. In 2020, wine highway transitioned to a month-long event, this tradition will continue in 2021. Georgia Wine Highway will be held the entire month of August 2021.

    The 2021 event will include 41 wineries and 8 tasting rooms across the entire state of Georgia, allowing participants to explore new wineries and revisit wine highway favorites. 

    There will be a $75.00 fee for each passport and may be purchased beginning August 1 at any of the participating wineries or tasting rooms. Passport holders will receive an “Open Georgia Wine” collectors’ glass. Each passport holder will receive either 4 tastings or 1 glass at the participating wineries. Passports will be accepted during each property's regular business hours published online and in the passport. Properties reserve the right to change those hours. You are encouraged to check the business hours of the property you plan to visit. For more information contact info@georgiawineproducers.org or 706-669-8184.

    #OPENGEORGIAWINE in 2021 #GaWineHwy2021

    Link to Google Map https://bit.ly/3zcKsiq

    Participating Wineries:
    12 Spies Vineyards
    550 Black Branch Road, Rabun Gap, GA 30568
    Mon-Thurs 12-5pm Fri 12-6pm Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12:30-5pm

    Big Door Vineyards
    125 Clearwater Trail, White, GA 30184
    Mon-Thurs 11:30am-6:00pm  Fri-Sat 11:30am-8pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Buckley Vineyards
    708 Henry Evans Rd, Ellijay, GA 30536
    Mon-Thurs 12-6pm Fri 12-8pm  Sat 12-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Cartecay Vineyards
    5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30536
    Mon-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Cavender Creek Vineyards and Winery
    3610 Cavender Creek Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533
    Sun-Thurs 12:30-6:30pm Fri 12:30-7pm Sat 11am-7pm

    CeNita Winery and Tasting Room
    591 Dock Dorsey Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528
    Mon-Sun 11:30-5pm

    Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard & Winery
    1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175
    Mon-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12:30-5:30pm

    The Cottage Vineyard & Winery Inc.
    5050 Hwy 129 N. Cleveland, GA 30528
    Mon-Sun 1-5pm

    Crane Creek Vineyards
    1040 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris, GA 30582
    Tues-Sat 11am-5:30pm Sun 1-5pm

    Creekstone Winery
    285 Hardman Farm Road, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
    Mon-Thurs 11am-6pm Fri-Sat 11am-9pm  Sun 12:30-6pm

    Currahee Vineyard & Winery
    3301 West Currahee Street, Toccoa, GA 30577
    Wed-Fri 12-6pm Sat 11am-6pm Sun 11am-4pm

    Twisted Wine Garden at Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard
    400 Blueberry Hill, Dahlonega, GA 30533
    Fri 11am-6pm Sat 11am-6pm Sun 11am-4pm

    Engelheim Vineyards
    127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540
    Mon-Sun 12:30-6pm

    Etowah Meadery & The Dahlonega Brewery
    3003 Morrison Moore Pkwy E., Dahlonega, GA 30533
    Wed 2-7pm Thurs 2-9pm Fri-Sat 11am-10pm Sun 11am-7pm

    Grapes & Ladders Vineyards and Winery
    2317 Hwy 382 W, Ellijay, GA 30540
    Wed-Sat 12-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Habersham Winery
    7025 South Main Street, Helen, GA 30545
    Mon-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Hightower Creek Vineyards
    7150 Canaan Drive, Hiawassee, GA 30546
    Mon, Wed-Sat 12-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Horse Creek Winery
    101 Roundtree Bridge Road, Sparks, GA 31647
    Tues-Sun 1-6pm

    Kaya Vineyards & Winery
    5400 Town Creek Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533
    Tues-Sat 11am-5pm Sun 12:30-5pm

    Newby Farm & Vineyard
    411 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30165
    Wed-Thurs 4-8pm Fri-Sat 12-10pm Sun 12-6pm

    Nutwood Winery
    1339 Big Springs Road, LaGrange, GA 30241
    Thurs 11am-9pm Fri-Sat 11am-10pm

    Odom Springs Vineyards
    637 Odom Road, Blairsville, GA 30512
    Mon 11am-3pm Tues-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 1-5pm

    Ott Farms and Vineyard
    230 Henry Evans Rd, Ellijay, GA 30536
    Mon-Sat 12-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Painted Horse Winery & Vineyards
    2105 Bethany Way, Milton, GA 30004
    Thurs 1-6pm Fri 1-8pm Sat 1-8pm Sun 1-5pm

    Paradise Hills Winery Resort & Spa
    366 Paradise Road, Blairsville, GA 30512
    Sun-Wed 1-5pm Thurs 12-6pm Fri 12-8pm Sat 12-6pm

    Paulk Vineyards
    1788 Satilla Road, Wray, GA 31798
    Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Sat 10am-6pm

    Qualusi Vineyards
    440 Blossom Trail, Acworth, GA 30101
    Mon Thurs-Fri 2-7pm  Sat 11am-7pm Sun 1-5pm

    Serenity Cellars
    265 Laurel Ridge Road, Cleveland, GA 30528
    Mon-Fri 12-5pm Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Sharp Mountain Vineyards
    110 Rathgeb Trail, Jasper, GA 30143
    Fri 12-6pm Sat 12-6pm Sun 12:30-5pm

    Southern Origin Meadery
    2069 Bond Ave, Canon, GA 30520
    Thurs 10am-5pm Fri 10am-7pm Sat 10am-6pm

    Stonewall Creek Vineyards
    323 Standing Deer Lane, Tiger, GA 30576
    Thurs-Mon 12:30-5pm Fri-Sat 12:30-6pm

    Sweet Acre Farms Winery
    7584 Bill Wilson Road, Alto, GA 30510
    Mon 1-6pm Thurs 1-7pm Fri 1-8pm Sat 11am-8pm Sun 12:30-7pm

    Sylvan Valley Lodge
    747 Duncan Bridge Road, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
    Thurs 12-5pm Fri-Sat 12-8pm Sun 12:30-5pm

    Terra Incognita Vineyard
    1821 Vandiver Mtn Road, Clarkesville, GA 30523
    Sat-Sun 12-9pm

    Tesnatee River Winery and Meadery
    172 Lloyds Honey Farm Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528
    Mon-Fri 12-6pm Sat 12-8pm Sun 12:30-5pm

    Trillium Vineyard
    1994 Old Bush Mill Rd, Breman, GA 30110
    Thurs 1-6pm Fri-Sat 1-10pm

    Three Strands Vineyard & Winery
    1505 Willow Springs Rd, Dallas, GA
    Wed-Thurs 2-7pm Fri 2-9pm Sat 11:30am-9pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Uncorked on Main/Vineyards at Mill Creek
    129 Main Street, Villa Rica, GA 30180
    Wed 4-9pm Thurs 4-9pm Fri-Sat 4-10pm

    Waldmet Cellars
    916 Old Philadelphia Road, Jasper, GA 30143
    Fri 4-7pm Sat 12-7pm Sun 12-6pm

    Wolf Creek Plantation
    207 Wolf Creek Drive, Americus, GA 31719
    Mon-Fri 11am-5pm Sat 11am-6pm

    Yonah Mountain Vineyards
    1717 Highway 255 S, Cleveland, GA 30528
    Mon-Thurs 12-5pm Fri 12-6pm Sat 11am-7:30pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    You may visit the following tasting rooms and use your passports instead of visiting the winery/vineyard. The tasting will punch your passport for the winery/vineyard associated with the tasting room. 

    Participating Tasting Rooms:
    Cartecay Wine & Craft – Blue Ridge
    Tasting Room for Cartecay Vineyards
    598 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
    Mon-Thurs 12-7pm Fri-Sat 11am-9pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Cartecay Wine & Craft – Ellijay
    Tasting Room for Cartecay Vineyards
    19 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540
    Mon-Thurs 12-7pm Fri-Sat 11am-9pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Dahlonega Tasting Room
    Tasting Room for Habersham Winery and Etowah Meadery
    16 North Park St. Public Square, Dahlonega, GA 30533
    Mon-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Georgia Wine Depot
    Tasting Room for Paradise Hills Winery Resort & Spa
    678 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
    Thurs-Fri 11am-6pm Sat 11am-8pm Sun 1-5pm

    Jumpin Goat Coffee Roasters & Tasting Room
    Tasting Room for Southern Origin Meadery
    2404 Helen Hwy, Cleveland, GA 30528
    Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat-Sun 10am-5:30pm

    Naturally Georgia
    Tasting Room for Engelheim Vineyards and Crane Creek Vineyards
    90 & 94 Public Square N, Dahlonega, GA 30533
    Mon & Wed-Sun 12-6pm 

    Sweet Acre Farms Winery Helen Tasting Room
    Tasting Room for Sweet Acre Farms Winery
    8016 South Main Street, Suite B-1, Helen, GA 30545
    Thurs 1-7pm Fri 1-8pm Sat 11am-8pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Wolf Creek Plantation in Downtown Americus
    Tasting Room for Wolf Creek Plantation
    133 West Lamar St., Americus, GA 31709
    Mon-Sat 11am-6pm

  • 1 Apr 2021 8:04 AM | Anonymous

    Press Release

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021
    Office of Communications

    Initial Meeting of the Georgia Wine & Grape Commission

    The newly formed Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Wine and Grapes will hold its first meeting on Friday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Atlanta Farmers Market in Forest Park. The meeting will be in the Administration Building of the Georgia State Farmers Market (enter from the market side). The address for the meeting is 16 Forest Parkway, Forest Park, 30297. 

    The purpose of the meeting is to elect a chair and vice-chair from the commission members appointed earlier this year by the Commodity Commission Ex Officio Committee. The meeting also has an agenda to discuss operations and guidelines of a Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission, as well as the marketing orders and assessments and how to implement them. 

    The Georgia Wine and Grape Commission was created by the Georgia General Assembly in 2020 at the request of Georgia wine and grape producers.  

    Social distancing guidelines and masks are encouraged.

    For more information, please contact:

    Andy Harrison
    Manager, Commodity Commissions
    Georgia Department of Agriculture
    (404) 710-1196

  • 2 Nov 2020 12:45 PM | Anonymous
    Press Release

    November 2, 2020
    Office of Communications


    Commodity Commission for Wine & Grapes Accepting Nominations for Board Member Positions

    ATLANTA, GANominations are currently being accepted to fill five board positions of the newly created Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Wine and Grapes.  Persons nominated must be active producers of wine and reside in the State of Georgia.   The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 27, 2020.

    Those interested may submit a nominee information form found at agr.georgia.gov/cpf, to Andy Harrison at andy.harrison@agr.georgia.gov or by fax at 404-656-9380.  Forms may also be mailed at: 

    The Georgia Department of Agriculture

    Attn: Andy Harrison

    19 MLK Jr. Drive S.W.

    Room 320

    Atlanta, GA 30334 

    The nominees will be vetted and certified to ensure they are active Georgia producers of this commodity in the appropriate geographic areas. Interested producers with questions may contact the Georgia Department of Agriculture at 404-586-1405. 

    On August 3, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp amended the Georgia Agricultural Commodities Commissions Act by signing HB 1093 to establish an Agricultural Commodity Commission for Wine and Grapes.  Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commissions are created by the Georgia Legislature. Furthermore, a market order of each commission is passed by the growers of that respective commodity which allows for assessments on the commodity to be paid by each of the producers of such commodity. These funds are used for research, education and promotion of the commodity. Members of the commissions make decisions on how funds are spent and programs the commission supports.


    Media Contacts

    Julie McPeake Chief Communication Officer

  • 26 Aug 2020 8:45 AM | Anonymous

    Governor Kemp signs SB 358 making the muscadine the official grape of Georgia.

    Every August, you can visit South Georgia and there will be a scent in the air that most familiarize with their southern childhood. It’s the smell of ripe muscadines growing in their native environment. You may find it surprising to know that Georgia leads the nation in its production of muscadines, and the University of Georgia also has the oldest muscadine breeding program in the United States.

    Recognizing his district and the State of Georgia as a leader in muscadine production, State Senator Tyler Harper introduced SB 358 on February 3, 2020. The bill was signed by Governor Kemp on August 5, 2020 making the muscadine the official grape of Georgia effective January 1, 2021.

    Muscadines are harvested in Georgia for wine and fresh fruit. Muscadine ingredients may be used as the primary ingredients in products such as functional foods, dietary supplements, super fruit products, ready to drink beverages, beverage powders, tablets and capsules, cosmetic and skin care products, natural antioxidant for stabilizing foods, natural food coloring, and jams and jellies.

    Now is a great time to head to South Georgia and enjoy fresh Georgia muscadines.  Mark your calendar to attend the Georgia Muscadine Festival on September 4, 5 & 7th at Paulk Vineyards in Wray, GA. Admission to the festival is free.  You can purchase fresh fruit, grape stomp, wine tastings, artisan market, food vendors, live music and more. For more information on the event, visit www.georgiamuscadinefestival.com.

    If you are interested in learning more about muscadines, save the date for the Georgia Muscadine Conference to be held virtually on November 2 and hosted by the Georgia Wine Producers and the Georgia Muscadine Association, for more information on this event, visit www.georgiawineproducers.org

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