On a beautiful fall day or breezy summer night, people come near and far to experience wine tasting and the exquisite views at local vineyards nestled in the North Georgia mountains. Dr. Benjamin Garner, an assistant professor of management in the Mike Cottrell College of Business, decided to take a deeper look into Georgia’s wine industry and the impact it has made on the state’s overall economy.
Over the past ten months, Dr. Garner has been researching and capturing film from various wineries all across the state. He has compiled this information into a documentary entitled Southern Vines: The Rebirth of Wine in Georgia. When asked about his inspiration for the film, Dr. Garner explained, “I have a passion for people who create artisan products. The people who open these wineries are passionate about creating a way of life and a product that they take pride in”.
Some of the wineries featured in Garner’s documentary include Sweet Acre Farms, Chateau Elan, Still Pond Vineyard, and Dahlonega’s own – Wolf Mountain and Yonah Mountain Vineyards. Garner includes that “each winery has something unique to offer”. In terms of the future of Georgia’s wine industry, Dr. Garner hints that all signs indicate that the industry will continue to expand in the coming years.
To get an in-depth look at Georgia’s wine industry, Southern Vines: The Rebirth of Wine in Georgia will air on December 29, 2018 at 3:30 P.M. on Georgia PBS.