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Winery coming to Lowndes County

September 5, 2007

Nashville - South Georgia and wine county?  Not your typical pairing, but Ed Perry begs to differ.  "This is muscadine country.  Its unique to this country."

He's owner of Perry Vineyards, a fresh fruit vineyard in Berrien County.  Wineries all over the south use his muscadine grapes to make popular new wines.  "Its more of a sweet wine compared to Vanifera dry wines so a lot of people getting in to wine drinking prefer it because of the sweetness of it," says wine maker Will Perry.

Now he's planning on getting in on the action by opening Horse Creek Winery in Hahira.  "The complete bottom floor will be where the wine making process takes place," Ed says.

The top floor will feature a banquet hall, a large deck, and of course, wine tasting area.  All a product of South Georgia with the names to prove it.  "We want to be sure we are identified with this area.  When we get a red wine developed its going to be Hahira Red and our white wine will be Valdosta white," Ed says.

He hopes those names will help give Georgia a new one, Napa Valley of the South.  And hopes to produce some award-winning wines that will help it get there.

Horse Creek Winery will be located off Exit 29 in Hahira. Its scheduled to open in July 2008.

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