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  • 7 Feb 2022 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    Georgia Wine Highway returns to March! Our fans have spoken and we are excited to return to our roots. Georgia Wine Highway is a statewide wine tour that allows participants to travel all over the state in the span of a month to Open Georgia Wine and Explore Your Palate with all that Georgia growers and wine makers have to offer.  

    The 2022 event will include 40 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 February 1st 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 706-897-1758.

    Please tag us in your socials with @opengeorgiawine and use the hashtags #OpenGeorgiaWine and #GeorgiaWineHighway


    Link to Google Map: 2022 Wine Highway Map

    Participating Wineries:

    Big Door Vineyards
    125 Clearwater Trail, White, GA 30184
    678-880-8485
    Mon-Thurs 11:30am-6:00pm  Fri-Sat 11:30am-8pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Boutier Winery & Inn LLC
    4506 Hudson River Church Rd, Danielsville, GA 30633
    706-789-0059
    Mon-Thurs 11:30-6pm Fri-Sat 11:30-8pm  Sun 12:30-6pm

    Buckley Vineyards
    708 Henry Evans Rd, Ellijay, GA 30536
    706-972-2080
    Mon-Thurs 12-6pm Fri 12-8pm  Sat 12-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Cartecay Vineyards
    5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30536
    706-698-9463
    Mon-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    CeNita Vineyards and Winery (lodging available)
    591 Dock Dorsey Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528
    706-865-7478
    Mon-Sat 11:30-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard & Winery
    1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175
    706-502-1608
    Mon-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12:30-5:30pm

    Crane Creek Vineyards
    1040 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris, GA 30582
    706-379-1236
    Tues-Sat 11am-5:30pm Sun 1-5pm

    Creekstone Winery
    285 Hardman Farm Road, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
    706-878-0004
    Mon-Thurs 11am-6pm Fri-Sat 11am-9pm  Sun 12:30-6pm

    Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard
    400 Blueberry Hill, Dahlonega, GA 30533
    706-865-7678
    Fri 11am-6pm Sat 11am-6pm Sun 11am-4pm

    Engelheim Vineyards
    127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540
    706-635-9463
    Mon-Sun 12:30-6pm

    Etowah Meadery & The Dahlonega Brewery
    3003 Morrison Moore Pkwy E., Dahlonega, GA 30533
    706-864-6323
    Wed 2-7pm Thurs 2-9pm Fri-Sat 11am-10pm Sun 11am-7pm

    Five Points Berries Winery 
    749 Johnson Cemetery Rd., Mauk, GA 31058
    478-244-6108
    Fri-Sun 11-8

    Grapes & Ladders Vineyards and Winery
    2317 Hwy 382 W, Ellijay, GA 30540
    678-492-9861
    Wed-Sat 12-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Habersham Winery
    7025 South Main Street, Helen, GA 30545
    706-878-9463
    Mon-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Hightower Creek Vineyards
    7150 Canaan Drive, Hiawassee, GA 30546
    706-896-8963
    Mon, Wed-Sat 12-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Kaya Vineyards & Winery
    5400 Town Creek Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533
    706-219-3514
    Tues-Sat 11am-5pm Sun 12:30-5pm

    Little Vine Vineyards, Inc
    665 N Hulett Rd., Villa Rica, GA 30180
    770-851-4454
    Wed-Fri 12-6pm Sat 12-7 Sun 12:30-5pm

    Newby Farm & Vineyard
    411 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30165
    706-528-4614
    Wed-Thurs 4-8pm Fri-Sat 12-10pm Sun 12-6pm

    Odom Springs Vineyards
    637 Odom Road, Blairsville, GA 30512
    706-745-3094
    Mon 11am-3pm Wed-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 1-5pm

    Ott Farms and Vineyard
    230 Henry Evans Rd, Ellijay, GA 30536
    706-273-1891
    Mon-Sat 12-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Painted Horse Winery & Vineyards
    2105 Bethany Way, Milton, GA 30004
    770-846-1559
    Thurs 1-6pm Fri 1-8pm Sat 1-8pm Sun 1-5pm

    Paradise Hills Winery Resort & Spa
    366 Paradise Road, Blairsville, GA 30512
    706-745-7483
    Sun-Wed 1-5pm Thurs-Sat 12-6pm 

    Paulk Vineyards
    1788 Satilla Road, Wray, GA 31798
    229-468-7873
    Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Sat 10am-6pm

    Qualusi Vineyards
    440 Blossom Trail, Acworth, GA 30101
    678-653-7722
    Mon Thurs-Fri 2-7pm  Sat 11am-7pm Sun 1-5pm

    Reece's Cider Company 
    9110 Highway 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30536
    706-635-2775
    Mon-Thu 11am-6pm Fri-Sat 11am-7pm Sun 1-6pm

    Sharp Mountain Vineyards
    110 Rathgeb Trail, Jasper, GA 30143
    770-735-1210
    Fri 12-6pm Sat 12-6pm Sun 12:30-5pm

    Southern Origin Meadery
    2069 Bond Ave, Canon, GA 30520
    706-245-6586
    Thurs 10am-5pm Fri 10am-7pm Sat 10am-6pm

    Still Pond Vineyard and Winery
    1575 Still Pond Rd., Arlington, GA 39813
    1-800-475-1193
    Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm

    Stonewall Creek Vineyards
    323 Standing Deer Lane, Tiger, GA 30576
    706-212-0584
    Thurs-Mon 12:30-5pm Fri-Sat 12:30-6pm

    Sweet Acre Farms Winery
    7584 Bill Wilson Road, Alto, GA 30510
    678-769-5335
    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
    706-865-7371
    Thurs 12-5pm Fri-Sat 12-8pm Sun 12:30-5pm

    Terra Incognita Vineyard
    1821 Vandiver Mtn Road, Clarkesville, GA 30523
    706-963-0228
    Sat-Sun 12-9pm

    Tesnatee River Winery and Meadery
    172 Lloyds Honey Farm Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528
    706-352-5488
    Mon-Fri 12-6pm Sat 12-8pm Sun 12:30-5pm

    The Cottage Vineyard & Winery Inc.
    5050 Hwy 129 N. Cleveland, GA 30528
    706-865-0053
    Mon-Sun 1-5pm

    Three Strands Vineyard & Winery
    1505 Willow Springs Rd, Dallas, GA
    470-296-1040
    Wed-Thurs 2-7pm Fri 2-9pm Sat 11:30am-9pm Sun 12:30-6pm
     

    Trillium Vineyard
    1994 Old Bush Mill Rd, Breman, GA 30110
    770-841-3992
    Thurs 1-6pm Fri-Sat 1-10pm

    Uncorked on Main/Vineyards at Mill Creek
    129 Main Street, Villa Rica, GA 30180
    678-941-3699
    Wed 4-9pm Thurs 4-9pm Fri-Sat 4-10pm

    Waldmet Cellars
    916 Old Philadelphia Road, Jasper, GA 30143
    678-743-1773
    Fri 4-7pm Sat 12-7pm Sun 12-6pm

    Wolf Creek Plantation
    207 Wolf Creek Drive, Americus, GA 31719
    229-942-0091
    Mon-Fri 11am-5pm Sat 11am-6pm

    Yonah Mountain Vineyards
    1717 Highway 255 S, Cleveland, GA 30528
    706-878-5522
    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
    706-946-3050
    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
    706-697-9463
    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
    706-300-9122
    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
    706-946-0529
    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
    706-219-3854
    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
    706-864-0832
    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
    706-969-7111
    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
    229-942-0091
    Mon-Sat 11am-6pm


  • 27 Jan 2022 3:18 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Contact: Taree Darby, Director

    E-mail: director@georgiawineproducers.org



    GEORGIA WINE PRODUCERS ELECTS 2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Georgia Wine Producers elects four new board members and votes on positions.


    [Braselton, Georgia, January 10, 2022] Georgia Wine Producers members voted on the following seats on the board of directors; Bonded Farm Winery-North Region, Bonded Farm Winery-South Region, and At Large One and Two. The vote resulted in the newest board members; Jane Miller BFW North, Matthew Johnson, BFW South, Jason Summerour At Large One, and Sean Wilburn At Large Two

    Position voting resulted in the following: Pamela Jackson President, Joey Muller Vice President, Gary Wiseman Secretary, Sean Wilburn Treasurer

    We would like to thank Gary Engel, Chris Paulk, and Matt Vrahiotes for serving. Eric Seifarth will remain on as Past President. 



    Pamela Jackson is the owner and founder of Painted Horse Winery and Vineyards in Milton. She is the first woman in the history of the State of Georgia to build a farm winery from the ground up as sole proprietor as well as being the first bonded farm winery in Fulton County.

    Raised in a farm world, Pamela started her own farm in 1996. Begun as a horse farm offering lessons, boarding, training, summer camp and birthday parties, the farm expanded over the years into a full working farm which includes laying hens, a cow, donkey, goats, lambs, Great Pyrenees and a complete apiary which produces two harvests a year as part of their Georgia Grown products. 

    Inspired by her travels through Europe, in 2017 Pamela expanded the farm by adding the first vineyards. In 2018 she opened the winery and first tasting room. Since then she has opened a second tasting room in downtown Alpharetta.

    Pamela is an award-winning author, sailboat captain and a level one sommelier. Previously she served as Secretary on the board of the Georgia Wine Producers.

    Pamela and David live on their farm, known as Pamelot, surrounded by family. They have 10 children and 4 grandchildren who spend much of their time at the farm. The grandchildren can be found at the farm everyday, usually barefooted— they are the farm’s free-range children!

    pjackson@pamelotfarm.com   770-846-8666



    Matt Johnson, along with his business partner Jerry English, is owner and winemaker of Wolf Creek Plantation, a vineyard and winery in Americus, Georgia.  Wolf Creek winery was started in 2013, taking an abandoned golf course and turning it into a beautiful vineyard and winery. Wolf Creek's vineyards currently have 40 acres of vines, with 13 different varieties of Muscadine grapes. We operate two tasting rooms, one at the vineyards and one in downtown Americus at the historic Windsor Hotel. 

    Matt has a diverse background in work and education. He has a bachelor’s degree in geology, working as an environmental geologist in Albany in the early 1990s. He also has education in land surveying, and owns another successful business, Trinity Land Surveying.
    matt@wolfcreekplantation.com   229-942-0091



    Jane Milleris the co-owner of Yonah Mountain Vineyards in Cleveland, along with husband, Bob, and son, Eric.

    Jane is excited to be serving on the Board of the GA Wine Producers, and believes that the organization will help further the wine industry in GA by mentoring new farm wineries and working with elected officials to expand recognition, increase marketing, and furthering research in the field.

    After completing a successful career in the financial industry, Bob and Jane started a new project by purchasing 200 acres at the foot of Yonah Mountain. Their vision, along with an incredibly talented team, is now producing world class wines and welcoming thousands of visitors to the area each year. 

    Yonah Mountain Vineyards recently received one gold, three silver and five bronze medals at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle wine competition.

    In her spare time, Jane enjoys spending time with her 8 grandchildren and being involved with local projects that give back to the Cleveland community.

    jane@yonahmountainvineyards.com   706-878-5522



    Joey Muller has served on the Board of Directors since 2018 and is currently serving in his second year as the Vice-President of the Board for the Georgia Wine Producers (GWP). He is also an owner of The Vineyards at Mill Creek in Bremen and their restaurant and tasting room, Uncorked on Main in the heart of downtown Villa Rica. Both are family owned and run, which they founded in 2012. The vineyard is focused on growing hybrid grape varieties including: Blanc du Bois, Lenoir and Lomanto.

    In addition, he is also the owner and operator of That Wine Guy Joey, a vineyard installation and

    maintenance company, which he started in 2017, with the purpose and intent to help support new wine growers across the industry. Joey has also served on the boards of the Vineyard and Winery Association of West Georgia, Board of Directors since 2013, with a prior role as past president. In his work with the VWAWGA he also helped consolidate the group with the GWP.

    Prior to having a full time career in the wine industry, Joey has held a variety of roles in public safety and medical fields. This included serving as a firefighter with the Haralson and Heard County Fire Departments, as an EMT in Heard and Coweta Counties, and as a medical technician with the Piedmont Newnan Hospital and the Cancer Centers of America in Newnan. Currently, when not in a vineyard, Joey still serves as an EMT and drives a medical transport.

    As a native of West Georgia, Joey is often looking for opportunities to explore and support new restaurants, breweries and vineyards in the region and across Georgia. He also enjoys kayaking and camping trips with friends, as well as spending as much time as possible hanging out and travelling across the state for football and wrestling events for his three teenage sons.

    thatwineguyjoey@gmail.com   770-301-4582



    Jason Summerour is the owner of Three Strands Family Vineyard and Winery in Dallas, GA, along with his wife Erica.

    Being a newcomer to the wine industry, Jason recognizes the importance in passing on knowledge and experience of viticulture, enology, and operational information down to future generations.  Jason is passionate about serving on the Board of the Georgia Wine Producers in helping to elevate the Georgia wine industry through mentoring, education, and promotion.

    Jason has enjoyed a 23 year career in Technology, and Three Strands Vineyard is his long term retirement plan.  He and his family have methodically planned, planted, and built a Vineyard, Winery, and Tasting Room on their 22 acre estate over a period of 4.5 years.

    Three Strands recently received a double gold, and two bronze medals from the 2021 Georgia Wine Trustees Wine Competition.

    Jason’s entire family (Wife and 3 children) work within the vineyard, winery, and tasting room.  Jason also serves on the Deacon Board at The Grove Church, and Paulding County Rotary Club.

    jason.summerour@gmail.com   770-314-1577



    Sean Wilborn is the owner of Cloudland Vineyards and Winery in Buford Georgia.  Sean’s passion for wine reached a feverish pitch in 2012 when he left his career to pursue his dream of being a farmer and entrepreneur.  In an effort to learn the wine industry inside and out, he got his start at Chateau Elan working in the vineyards and cellar before running the tasting room and overseeing much of the PR and marketing for the wine program. 

    He then went on to work for one of the largest wine distributors in the Southeast in an effort to understand the wholesale distribution business.  It was here that Sean received an offer to manage one of the most prestigious wineries on the East Coast, the winery on Biltmore Estate.  He started as the Winery Manager and was promoted to Director of Winery Operations, growing the wine program to its greatest success in the program’s storied history.  He opened Cloudland in 2020 where he and his team manage an 11 acre estate in addition to 10+ plus acres of offsite vineyards in the foothills of North Georgia.

    sean@cloudlandwines.com   386-931-7434



    Gary Wiseman is the owner of Blue Cielo Farms – Vineyards & Winery in Commerce, GA, along with wife Cassandra.

    Blue Cielo is located on 180 acres and is Jackson County’s first bonded farm winery.  Blue Cielo had its first harvest in 2021 and is targeted to open in Fall 2022. 

    Gary joined the board in 2021 to support growth of the Georgia Wine Industry and share best practices and lessons learned with other aspiring new farm wineries.

    Gary has over 25 years of leadership experience in the industrial and renewable energy markets and has a passion for growing businesses.  He grew up in Canada and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from York University Schulich School of Business.

    He moved to the United States in 2001 and is married to wife Cassandra and has two stepsons Ryan and Colin.

    gary.wiseman@comcast.net   470-990-3491


  • 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.

    Responsibilities

    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.

    NOMINATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO
    DIRECTOR@GEORGIAWINEPRODUCERS.ORG
    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
    706-490-0890
    Mon-Thurs 12-5pm Fri 12-6pm Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12:30-5pm

    Big Door Vineyards
    125 Clearwater Trail, White, GA 30184
    678-880-8485
    Mon-Thurs 11:30am-6:00pm  Fri-Sat 11:30am-8pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Buckley Vineyards
    708 Henry Evans Rd, Ellijay, GA 30536
    706-972-2080
    Mon-Thurs 12-6pm Fri 12-8pm  Sat 12-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Cartecay Vineyards
    5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30536
    706-698-9463
    Mon-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Cavender Creek Vineyards and Winery
    3610 Cavender Creek Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533
    706-451-9084
    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
    706-865-7478
    Mon-Sun 11:30-5pm

    Chateau Meichtry Family Vineyard & Winery
    1862 Orchard Lane, Talking Rock, GA 30175
    706-502-1608
    Mon-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12:30-5:30pm

    The Cottage Vineyard & Winery Inc.
    5050 Hwy 129 N. Cleveland, GA 30528
    706-865-0053
    Mon-Sun 1-5pm

    Crane Creek Vineyards
    1040 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris, GA 30582
    706-379-1236
    Tues-Sat 11am-5:30pm Sun 1-5pm

    Creekstone Winery
    285 Hardman Farm Road, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
    706-878-0004
    Mon-Thurs 11am-6pm Fri-Sat 11am-9pm  Sun 12:30-6pm

    Currahee Vineyard & Winery
    3301 West Currahee Street, Toccoa, GA 30577
    706-768-5383
    Wed-Fri 12-6pm Sat 11am-6pm Sun 11am-4pm

    Twisted Wine Garden at Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard
    400 Blueberry Hill, Dahlonega, GA 30533
    706-865-7678
    Fri 11am-6pm Sat 11am-6pm Sun 11am-4pm

    Engelheim Vineyards
    127 Lakeview Road, Ellijay, GA 30540
    706-635-9463
    Mon-Sun 12:30-6pm

    Etowah Meadery & The Dahlonega Brewery
    3003 Morrison Moore Pkwy E., Dahlonega, GA 30533
    706-864-6323
    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
    678-492-9861
    Wed-Sat 12-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Habersham Winery
    7025 South Main Street, Helen, GA 30545
    706-878-9463
    Mon-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Hightower Creek Vineyards
    7150 Canaan Drive, Hiawassee, GA 30546
    706-896-8963
    Mon, Wed-Sat 12-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Horse Creek Winery
    101 Roundtree Bridge Road, Sparks, GA 31647
    229-549-9463
    Tues-Sun 1-6pm

    Kaya Vineyards & Winery
    5400 Town Creek Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533
    706-219-3514
    Tues-Sat 11am-5pm Sun 12:30-5pm

    Newby Farm & Vineyard
    411 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30165
    706-528-4614
    Wed-Thurs 4-8pm Fri-Sat 12-10pm Sun 12-6pm

    Nutwood Winery
    1339 Big Springs Road, LaGrange, GA 30241
    706-882-5295
    Thurs 11am-9pm Fri-Sat 11am-10pm

    Odom Springs Vineyards
    637 Odom Road, Blairsville, GA 30512
    706-745-3094
    Mon 11am-3pm Tues-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 1-5pm

    Ott Farms and Vineyard
    230 Henry Evans Rd, Ellijay, GA 30536
    706-273-1891
    Mon-Sat 12-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Painted Horse Winery & Vineyards
    2105 Bethany Way, Milton, GA 30004
    770-846-1559
    Thurs 1-6pm Fri 1-8pm Sat 1-8pm Sun 1-5pm

    Paradise Hills Winery Resort & Spa
    366 Paradise Road, Blairsville, GA 30512
    706-745-7483
    Sun-Wed 1-5pm Thurs 12-6pm Fri 12-8pm Sat 12-6pm

    Paulk Vineyards
    1788 Satilla Road, Wray, GA 31798
    229-468-7873
    Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Sat 10am-6pm

    Qualusi Vineyards
    440 Blossom Trail, Acworth, GA 30101
    678-653-7722
    Mon Thurs-Fri 2-7pm  Sat 11am-7pm Sun 1-5pm

    Serenity Cellars
    265 Laurel Ridge Road, Cleveland, GA 30528
    706-348-1277
    Mon-Fri 12-5pm Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12:30-6pm

    Sharp Mountain Vineyards
    110 Rathgeb Trail, Jasper, GA 30143
    770-735-1210
    Fri 12-6pm Sat 12-6pm Sun 12:30-5pm

    Southern Origin Meadery
    2069 Bond Ave, Canon, GA 30520
    706-245-6586
    Thurs 10am-5pm Fri 10am-7pm Sat 10am-6pm

    Stonewall Creek Vineyards
    323 Standing Deer Lane, Tiger, GA 30576
    706-212-0584
    Thurs-Mon 12:30-5pm Fri-Sat 12:30-6pm

    Sweet Acre Farms Winery
    7584 Bill Wilson Road, Alto, GA 30510
    678-769-5335
    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
    706-865-7371
    Thurs 12-5pm Fri-Sat 12-8pm Sun 12:30-5pm

    Terra Incognita Vineyard
    1821 Vandiver Mtn Road, Clarkesville, GA 30523
    706-963-0228
    Sat-Sun 12-9pm

    Tesnatee River Winery and Meadery
    172 Lloyds Honey Farm Rd, Cleveland, GA 30528
    706-352-5488
    Mon-Fri 12-6pm Sat 12-8pm Sun 12:30-5pm

    Trillium Vineyard
    1994 Old Bush Mill Rd, Breman, GA 30110
    770-841-3992
    Thurs 1-6pm Fri-Sat 1-10pm

    Three Strands Vineyard & Winery
    1505 Willow Springs Rd, Dallas, GA
    470-296-1040
    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
    678-941-3699
    Wed 4-9pm Thurs 4-9pm Fri-Sat 4-10pm

    Waldmet Cellars
    916 Old Philadelphia Road, Jasper, GA 30143
    678-743-1773
    Fri 4-7pm Sat 12-7pm Sun 12-6pm

    Wolf Creek Plantation
    207 Wolf Creek Drive, Americus, GA 31719
    229-942-0091
    Mon-Fri 11am-5pm Sat 11am-6pm

    Yonah Mountain Vineyards
    1717 Highway 255 S, Cleveland, GA 30528
    706-878-5522
    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
    706-946-3050
    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
    706-697-9463
    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
    706-300-9122
    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
    706-946-0529
    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
    706-219-3854
    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
    706-864-0832
    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
    706-969-7111
    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
    229-942-0091
    Mon-Sat 11am-6pm


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