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Appointments made to Georgia Wine & Grapes Commission

by Georgia Department of Agriculture

Posted on Feb 03, 2021 at 0:00 AM

Five Georgia wine producers have been appointed to serve on the Georgia Wine and Grape Commission.

Eric Seifarth of Towns County will represent the North Georgia region. Simone Bergese of Barrow County will represent the Central Georgia region and Gary Paulk of Irwin County will represent the South Georgia region. At-large members are Gary Engel of Gilmer County and Eric Miller of White County.

Engel and Bergese will serve terms of three years and the other appointees will serve terms of two years. Following their terms, these individuals will be eligible to be reappointed.

The Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Wine and Grapes was established by the Georgia General Assembly in 2020 at the request of the Georgia wine industry. The commission can implement a marketing order which will allow for collection of assessment from producers upon approval of the growers. Funds collected must be used for research, education and promotion of the commodity.

For more information, contact Andy Harrison at or 404-710-1196.

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