- Homepage for the Wine Industry

Missouri Wine Industry Helps Georgia's Make a Comeback

Date: 05/01/14


[JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.] The Missouri Wine and Grape Board and the University of Missouri's Grape and Wine Institute are partnering with the University of Georgia and the Vineyard and Winery Association of West Georgia to help rebuild the Georgia's once prevalent grape and wine industry. Missouri has a rich history of wine-making that was halted by prohibition; Georgia's story is much the same with the exception that prohibition started 13 years earlier and lasted two years longer in Georgia than in most of the rest of the country. Missouri is now assisting in the rebuilding of Georgia's wine industry by sending Norton grape vines to be planted.

"We're looking to bring that economic engine back," said Doug Mabry, executive director of the VWAWG. "I use Missouri as an example of how we should be doing things."

"Our industry has seen consistent growth, and we're happy to help the Georgia wine and grape industry move forward by sharing some of the lessons we've learned," said Jim Anderson, executive director of the MWGB.

On behalf of the MWGB, GWI is sending 20 dormant Norton vines to the University of Georgia to help them establish a trial program in conjunction with VWAWG. Due to the prevalence of Pierce's disease, which can be fatal to certain varietals, they are working primarily with hybrids and Native American grape varietals.

"This is how things get started," said Misha Kwasniewski, Ph.D., assistant research professor and enology program leader for GWI. "We're here and interested in helping in any way we can, and they're looking for disease resistant vines that are also adapted to the heat; that's Norton."

Norton is a Native American grape varietal that is well adapted to the demanding weather conditions of the Midwest. Norton was named the Mo. state grape in 2003 and is the most prevalent in vineyards, accounting for 19 percent of the grapes grown in the state.

The rebirth of the Missouri wine industry began in the 1960s and continues its growth, now with more than 125 wineries and 1,700 bearing acres of grapes. GWI conducts research on best wine-making and grape growing practices and how they impact the growth of the wine industry in Missouri and the Midwest.

The MWGB was established in 1984 to support the research, development and promotion of Missouri grapes, wines and juices. For more information about the Missouri Wine and Grape Board's history and initiatives, visit

Subscribe to Daily news Email

FREE Wine Business Daily News delivers the industry's top stories emailed to you from our editorial team.

most popular daily news links

latest used barrels

- used barrels  •  yesterday at 1:52PM PDT
- used barrels  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 9:16AM PDT
- used barrels  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 8:09AM PDT
- used barrels  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 6:48AM PDT

latest real estate

- real estate  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 1:20PM PDT
- real estate  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 11:48AM PDT
- real estate  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 8:18AM PDT
- real estate  •  Sep 26, 2014 at 1:59PM PDT
- real estate  •  Sep 21, 2014 at 5:00PM PDT

latest used equipment

- used equipment  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 9:49AM PDT
- used equipment  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 9:49AM PDT
- used equipment  •  Sep 28, 2014 at 4:26PM PDT
- used equipment  •  Sep 25, 2014 at 4:26AM PDT
- used equipment  •  Sep 25, 2014 at 4:26AM PDT

latest services & supplies

- services & supplies  •  yesterday at 2:51PM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Sep 25, 2014 at 5:56PM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Sep 25, 2014 at 9:21AM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Sep 22, 2014 at 11:29AM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Sep 19, 2014 at 4:11PM PDT

industry events

Oct 4
Oct 5
Search Events:

Copyright© 1994-2014 by Wine Communications Group. All Rights Reserved. Copyright protection extends to all written material, graphics, backgrounds and layouts. None of this material may be reproduced for any reason without written permission of the Publisher. Wine Business Insider, Wine Business Monthly, Grower & Cellar News and Wine Market News are all trademarks of Wine Communications Group and will be protected to the fullest extent of the law.