Stonewall Creek Vineyards Makes Best Wine in Georgia 2016

Stonewall Creek Vineyards Makes Best Wine in Georgia 2016: Congratulations to Carl and Carla Fackler and the rest of our friends at Stonewall Creek Vineyards for winning the Oglethorpe Trophy at the 2016 Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge. This Award recognizes the best 100% Georgia-grown and made wine competing among this years Gold Medal Winners. This means the best wine made and grown in Georgia in 2016 came from our very own Rabun County – Farm to Table capital of Georgia!

Stonewall Creek Vineyards Makes Best Wine in Georgia 2016

Stonewall Creek Vineyards Awarded “Best of Competition” at 2016 Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge (Clayton, Georgia)

The second annual Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge Reception and Awards Dinner held at the University of Georgia Conference Center November 9, honored the recipients of Superlative Awards and Best of Category Awards from the 2016 Wine Challenge.

This year the “Best of Competition” Oglethorpe Award went to Rabun County’s Stonewall Creek Vineyards (http://stonewallcreek.com/) for its 2014 Petit Manseng “Boriana.” This Award recognizes the best 100% Georgia-grown and made wine competing among this year’s Gold Medal Winners in the categories of Vinifera, Hybrid, Dessert, Sparkling, Fruit and Muscadine. This is the second time in as many years that a Rabun County Georgia Vineyard brought home the top Oglethorpe Award. Last year Tiger Mountain Vineyards took the Best of Competition Award with its 2013 Petit Manseng.

Winemaker Carl Fackler, a retired Orthopedic Surgeon from Atlanta, believes that “making exceptional wines starts in the vineyard. Our soil is a mix of decayed granite and mica, eroded over millions of years from Glassy Mountain, and clay loam.  Next, we selected varieties we believed were well suited for our area. We tend these vines with great care. Our grapevines dig deep into the earth looking for nutrients.  We harvest at peak ripeness and then process the grapes into wine with attention to both the art of winemaking and the best science and chemistry that will yield the best flavors and aromas. And yes, my medical background proved a bonus, especially the study of microbiology and organic chemistry in medical school.”

Carla Fackler added, “We’re delighted our 2014 Boriana was named Best of Competition.  Our other entry, 2014 Cabernet Franc, was named Best Red Wine, Vinifera and ended up competing with our white wine for the Best Vinifera award.   Boriana then went on to take the “Oglethorpe.”  Our Stonewall Creek wines are 100% Georgia Grown Vitis Vinifera from our 5-acre vineyard off Bridge Creek Road.”  Their son, Nate, an applied linguistics instructor, is assistant winemaker at the family vineyard.

At this year’s competition Tiger Mountain Vineyards won the Best Dessert Wine category  with their 2014 “Sweet Petit” Late Harvest Petit Manseng and a Bronze medal for their 2014 Cabernet Franc. For fans of hard cider, Urban Tree Cidery in Atlanta won three bronze medals for cider made from Cathey Orchard apples sourced in Rabun County.

The Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge is presented by Georgia Wine Producers, a statewide organization founded two years ago to promote the Georgia Wine Industry.  Membership is open to Georgia’s bonded farm wineries, vineyards and orchards, as well as individuals and businesses that support wine production in Georgia.

For a complete list of the 2016 Georgia Trustee Wine Challenge 2016 medal winners see http://www.georgiatrusteeswinechallenge.com/GTWC2016_results.htm

Stonewall Creek Vineyards Makes Best Wine in Georgia 2016

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Stonewall Creek Vineyards Makes Best Wine in Georgia 2016