In 1880 Georgia was the sixth
largest winegrowing state in the U.S. with almost 3,000bacres of vineyards and nearly 1 million gallons of wine.
But the wine industry died a quick death in 1907 when
the state voted in favor of Prohibition, 10 years ahead
of the rest of the country. The second coming of
viticulture in Georgia was ushered in by Gay Dellinger,
who planted three acres of vinefera and French-Americanbhybrids near Cartersville in 1979. Georgia’s farm wineryblaw was passed in 1983. Georgia now has 22 licensed
Georgia has become the wine gem of the south in recent years. It is the
United States’ top Muscadine producer and vineyard acreage has more
than tripled in the past five years. Some wineries are working with
vinifera vines, which tend to do well above 1,300 feet, where Pierce’s
disease is more of a moderate concern than a threat. Home to more than
twenty wineries, with more in the planning stages, Georgia’s wine
industry is on the rise.