The Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge was launched in 2015 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 fifth annual event, for which the spirits judging will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Wines, meads and ciders will be judged on Sunday, August 11 and Monday, August 12, 2019.
The judging is held at the Department of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at Kennesaw State University. The gala banquet is scheduled this year for Monday, October 28, 2019, with the reception starting at 6 p.m. Watch the Georgia Trustees Wine & Spirits Challenge site for further details. Once the details are confirmed, e-mails will be sent.
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, meads and ciders 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. Georgia-produced spirits that win gold medals should bring a case of winning product for the reception and dinner. Producers are free to reclaim any remaining bottles, although we can use some of them at future events throughout 2020.
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
1) Wineries, cideries, meaderies and distilleries must be bonded and licensed in Georgia and must be commercially viable. Home winemaking operations or products are not eligible. Distilled products should be made in Georgia.
2) Participants must enter at least two  wines. Send three  750 ml. or six  6 375 ml. bottles per entry (for wines, meads and ciders) and two  bottles 750 ml. bottles of spirits submitted.
NOTE: Any remaining product, no matter what outcome it receives, will be taken to the Georgia Trustees Wine and Spirits Challenge banquet, scheduled for Monday, October 28, 2019, at a location to be announced.
3) Submissions to be judged should 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.
NOTE: Paperwork and payment deadline is Wednesday, July 31, 2019. All entries must be delivered to:
Atlanta Improvement Company by Friday, August 2, 2019.
Fees & Forms
To cover the cost of correspondence, medals, certificates and judging materials fee.
$60.00 USD per entry with a two-entry minimum. Payment must accompany the submission. Our web site required new updating because of adding spirits, so if you have trouble with the payment function or registration function, please send a completed registration form for each entry submitted and remit payment by check payable to:
Georgia Trustees Wine & Spirits Challenge, c/o Atlanta Improvement Company.
An entry form must accompany each entry. The form is on the registration page of Georgia Trustees Wine & Spirits Challenge, and information may be entered there.
However, for convenience, a copy of the forms and the categories are attached with each e-mailed package inviting participants to submit products.
Print out one entry form for each submission and include it with the shipment.
The registration forms are essential so that we know in what category each wine should be judged. We can re-categorize a submission that’s clearly not correct, such as if someone accidentally registers a Chardonnay in the Muscadine category. But we do not taste each to ascertain if it’s properly categorized. Each producer must take responsibility for correctly categorizing its entries.
Paper forms may be faxed to: 404-378-5972 as well as scanned and e-mailed to: email@example.com.