Charlotte Observer on Upper Hiwassee Highlands

Catherine Rabb featured Upper Hiwassee Highlands in the August 12, 2014 edition of the Charlotte Observer.

The new AVA that’s being proposed straddles the North Carolina/Georgia borders. Called the Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA, it would be Georgia’s first AVA and the first mountain-region AVA.

Located in the southern Appalachian Mountains in the southwest part of the state, the AVA is approximately 700 square miles. It includes Cherokee and Clay counties in North Carolina, and Towns, Union and Fannin counties in Georgia.

Read the full article at the Charlotte Observer.

Georgia Public Broadcasting features Upper Hiwassee Highlands

Georgia Public Broadcasting radio ran a short segment on the establishment of Upper Hiwassee Highlands as Georgia’s first American Viticultural Area.

Georgia’s wine industry took a step forward last month, when the federal government recognized the state’s first American Viticultural Area, or AVA. There are over 200 such areas in the US (California’s Napa Valley is probably the best known).

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA

Gil Kuhlers, wine and food writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, used his October 1, 2014 column to write about what the Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA could mean for Georgia wine.

“The new AVA is a huge step for the Georgia wine industry,” said Elizabeth Slack, marketing director for the Winegrowers Association of Georgia. “Respectable wine growing areas all over the world are specifically delineated and given a name. Since many wine drinkers select a wine with origin in mind, the new AVA gives Georgia wine an advantage in the marketplace. And in a world where choosing a wine and deciphering a wine label can be confusing to some, the more the consumer can glean from the wine label, the better.”

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