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Georgia wine

Courtesy Three Sisters Vineyards

Georgia has made its mark in the world of wine.

There are more than 60 farm wineries in Georgia and hundreds of vineyards and fruit farms that supply products for wines.

"Georgia has moved on really beyond the curiosity point to something that can be celebrated," said Doug Paul, co-founder of Three Sisters Vineyards in Dahlonega, Georgia.

The 14th annual Georgia Wine Country Festival kicks off Saturday at Three Sisters Vineyards and runs through every weekend in June.

Kevin Rinker / WABE

A wine grape that’s been a staple of harvests on the mid-Atlantic coast and parts of the Midwest is no stranger to Georgia.

The Norton grape ─ America's oldest native grape ─ has been grown for decades in northeast Georgia, and as “City Lights” producer Kevin Rinker discovered, it’s making something of a comeback in the state.

Crane Creek Vineyards

Georgia’s wine business is booming, creating jobs and millions of dollars in state and local tax revenue.

It’s quite an accomplishment when you consider there were just a handful of vineyards in the state in 1995. But with steady growth over the past two decades, Georgia now boasts more than 40.

Grape grower and winemaker Eric Seifarth is the president of Crane Creek Vineyards, which is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.

Seifarth is also a member of the Winegrowers Association of Georgia.