Georgia winery’s Bordeaux wins bronze medal in international contest

BY ERIN FRANCE – ERIN.FRANCE@ONLINEATHENS.COM

PUBLISHED SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011

From fruit wines, to dry reds and crisp whites, Danielsville-based Boutier Winery and Vineyards have both amateurs and connoisseurs covered.

VICTOR BOUTIER, ONE OF THE OWNERS OF THE BOUTIER WINERY IN DANIELSVILLE, POURS WINE FOR LINDA GROONT, LEFT, AND JOYCE HARBER, RECENTLY DURING A LADIES’ NIGHT WINE TASTING.

The winery recently won a bronze medal in the category of Bordeaux Blends at the largest wine competition held in the United States, said owner and winemaker Victor Boutier.

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The red Geordeaux wine won judges’ approval at the 31st San Francisco International Wine Competition in June. Many people are intimidated by wine and shy away from the jargon; others won’t try Georgia wine because they don’t think it will taste good, Boutier said. “They think a winery is only for people who know a lot about wine and that is not true,” he said. “You don’t have to talk in specific wine terms … just keep it simple.” Geordeaux — as well as the winery’s other flavorful choices — can prove that Georgia wine is delicious and that technical terms aren’t needed to enjoy a tasty beverage, he said. “Geordeaux is a Bordeaux varietal, but we wanted to connect the state of Georgia and the Georgia wine industry to this fine wine, so we came up with the name, Geordeaux. It was just the right fit. Now the world knows our Georgia wine can compete against the finest and win,” Boutier said. Boutier uses grapes from his Madison County fields and buys other grapes from Georgia to supplement his demand, he said. Earning a bronze medal in an international competition shows how far Georgia grapes have come and inspires him to continue, he said. Boutier picked up home brewing and wine making as a hobby about a decade ago, he said. “I used to brew, actually, a lot of beer and slowly it became more wine,” he said. He and his wife, Mary, met while working in the transportation industry and the couple decided to switch careers, opening a winery in Acworth in 2004. In 2005, the couple purchased the 30-acre tract of land at 4506 Hudson River Church Road in Danielsville, a piece of property that already had some vines growing on it, Boutier said. “We were an existing vineyard and we already had our wines established,” he said. “It wasn’t really a big jump.” The winery produces about 1,500 cases of wine a year with flavors ranging from a peachy fruit wine called Diva ‘Licious, to a crisp Chardonnay and a hearty Pinot noir. Boutier hopes to score more awards at future wine competitions, including a fall contest held in Hong Kong. The winery is open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sundays. The winery hosts a ladies night and live music once a month, Boutier said.