In 1732, King George II granted the charter of the colony of Georgia to be governed by a board of 20 Trustees in London. The success of the colony depended on finding an exportable product.
The colonists established a garden with fruits and vegetables from around the world to see what would thrive here. Known as the “Trustees Garden,” this was the first organized agriculture experiment station anywhere.
One of the main fruits planted was grapes in order to establish the wine industry.
The colony’s Trustees assumed that Georgia, being the most southern of the 13 colonies and on the same latitude as the lower Mediterranean countries, was the logical choice to become the “Vineyard Colony” for England.
Establishing vineyards in the new colony became a priority because making England self-sufficient in wine was one of the most powerful appeals than the Trustees had for coaxing money from Parliament. The Trustees were continually requesting updates on the Georgia vineyards and the quality of any wine produced.
Established in 2015, the Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge will b the yearly measure of the progress in the Georgia wine industry.