Competition Details and Requirements
The Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge was launched to recognize the increased excellence of Georgia-produced wines as well as other wines produced from out-of-state-grown grapes made by Georgia vintners. The competition’s first awards were presented at a Georgia Gold Wine Reception and following Gala Dinner on Monday, November 9. 2015, as part of the Savannah Food & Wine Festival/Taste of Savannah. This year’s competition is the fourth annual event, for which the judging will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 11-12, 2018, at the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality. The gala banquet will be held this year at the Classic Center in Athens, GA, on Monday, October 29, 2018, with the reception starting at 6 p.m.
The superlative awards, handcrafted by Lillie Glassblowers in Smyrna, GA,, are named for significant individuals in Georgia viticulture history and will be announced at the gala dinner. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be announced shortly after the competition‘s conclusion on its web site and mailed to the winning wineries. Wines made from out-of-state-grown grapes will receive certificates and will compete for one top award. Georgia-grown and -produced wines that win Gold medals must furnish a case of the Gold-medal wines for promotion purposes at the gala dinner. Only wines made in Georgia from grapes grown in Georgia may compete for the superlative awards
The top award, The Oglethorpe Trophy, is decided among the top winners in Georgia-grown Vinifera, Hybrid, Dessert, Sparkling, and Muscadine wines, all competing for this trophy. Each top winner also wins a significant trophy in its respective category.
Requirements for Participating Wineries
1) Wineries must be bonded and licensed in Georgia and must be commercially viable. Home winemaking operations or products are not eligible.
2) Participating wineries must enter at least two wines. Send three bottles per entry submitted if the wine is bottled in 750 ml. bottles and 6 bottles each if the wine is bottled in 375 ml. bottles. Any remaining wines will be taken to the Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge banquet, scheduled for Monday, October 29, 2018, at the Classic Center in Athens, GA.
3) Wines to be judged must be sent to: Atlanta Improvement Company — 1401 Dutch Valley Place NE — Atlanta, GA 30324.
Atlanta Improvement Company is a licensed and bonded wine importer and broker with a licensed and bonded warehouse facility.
4) Paperwork and wine delivery deadline is Friday, July 27, 2018.
Fees & Forms
To cover the cost of correspondence, medals, certificates and judging materials fee.
$50.00 USD per entry with a two entry minimum. Payment must accompany the wines. Our web site is still needing some adjustments to permit us to take payments on the web site, and this should be worked out in time to accomplish registration for the October gala banquet. But for the moment, please remit payment by check payable to:
Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge % Atlanta Improvement Company — 1401 Dutch Valley Place NE — Atlanta, GA 30324
An entry form must accompany each entry. The form is on the competition web site, Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge. For convenience, a copy of the forms and the categories will be sent with each e-mailed package inviting wineries to submit wines. Print out one entry form for each wine submitted and include it with the shipment. These are essential so that we know in what category each wine should be judged. We can re-categorize a wine that’s clearly not correct, such as if someone accidentally registers a Chardonnay in the Muscadine category. But we do not taste each wine to ascertain if its sugar levels are properly categorized. Each winery must take responsibility for correctly categorizing its wines.
If you have questions, please contact either Jane Garvey, 404-886-1993, or Doug Mabry, 678-294-4044.