The Georgia Wine Festival will kick off Monday, June 6, with the launch of its first annual event.
The festival will feature more than 80 different wineries, including the world’s largest and most expensive white grape, Georgia Wine & Spirits.
It’s the second year the festival has been held in Atlanta, but organizers say it’s the first time the event will be held in the state’s largest city.
“The goal of this event is to provide the world with the best wines in Georgia, as well as showcase Georgia’s wineries for a global audience,” said Tom Cramer, co-founder of the festival.
For the first year, Georgia is expected to host more than 400 wineries.
But Cramer said the goal is to double that number over the next two years, to 1,200.
The Georgia wineries are among those who are participating in the festival, which runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.p.m., on the third Saturday of each month.
The Georgia Wine and Spirits Festival is open to the public.
Georgia Wine & Distillers Association (GDWDA) Executive Director Chris Giesler said the festival is about bringing the world a glimpse into Georgia’s rich wine tradition.
We hope it’ll help Georgia win the hearts and minds of visitors, Giesling said.
This year’s theme is ‘Beyond the Cellar,’ with a focus on the world beyond the cellar.
Giesler added that the festival’s goal is for Georgia winery owners to be recognized for the quality of their wines.
Many of Georgia’s top wineries have been producing wines for generations.
Georgia Wine Distiller’s Robert Johnson, for example, said he started making wine in the early 1800s.
More than 40 years ago, Georgia became the second state to legalize the production of wine for commercial sale.
Johnson said he has sold about 30 million bottles of wine in Georgia alone.
He’s seen the popularity of the Georgia Wine Fest increase since he began his business.
After the launch, Georgia has been awarded $150,000 in state and local tax incentives.
In addition, Georgia wine producers will receive an additional $30,000 for each winery they produce.
Cramer said Gieslers goal is “to provide the best in Georgia winemaking to an international audience.”
The Georgia wine festival is scheduled to start on Sunday, June 8.
It will include three days of events, including tastings, tastings of new and vintage wines, tasters, wine demos, tastetables and a wine education program.
The first three days will be on Monday, and the festival will begin on Tuesday, June 9.
Tickets for the Georgia wine event can be purchased online at www.gwdaa.org.
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