DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Long regarded as "The Heart of Georgia Wine Country,” Dahlonega-Lumpkin County’s wine producers can now officially claim that title.
The Dahlonega-Lumpkin county tourism bureau is pleased to announce that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has designated the “Dahlonega Plateau” as the newest viticultural area in the United States and the first with boundaries contained in the state of Georgia.
“The designation of the Dahlonega Plateau holds great promise for wine grape production and agritourism,” says Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. “This will no doubt be another successful illustration of our continued focus on rural development and could result in a substantial influx of visitors making their way to our state.”
While the majority of wine production lies within Dahlonega-Lumpkin County, the borders of the designated region will stretch to neighboring White and Dawson counties to more accurately describe the origin of their wines to consumers, allowing them to more easily identify wines for purchase. Starting on July 30, wine producers can apply for a Certificate of Label Approval from TTB with “Dahlonega Plateau” as the appellation of origin.
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