Atlanta residents no longer have to fly to California or even drive to north Georgia to buy award-winning wine straight from the winery. A short trip to Cobb County will suffice. Acworth’s Boutier Winery recently received two awards for their 2004 Peach Chardonnay. The wine won a silver medal at the 21st Annual Hilton Head WineFest, held March 11 on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Then, it won a bronze medal at the 6th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, held in Rochester, New York on April 1 and 2. These awards follow another silver medal awarded to the same wine in July 2005 at the Indy International Wine Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana. Winemaker Victor Boutier and his wife, Mary, own Boutier Winery, which Victor proudly explains is the “first farm winery in Cobb County after Prohibition.” He describes their Peach Chardonnay as “very elegant, clean, and crisp, rounded with a nice peach bouquet.” It was made partially with grapes grown in their 32-acre Boutier Vineyard in Danielsville, Georgia and with Georgia-grown peaches.

Boutier Vineyard is home to the three oldest Vitis vinifera grapevines in the state and will soon be home to a new winery. The Boutiers will be breaking ground there later this year. According to Victor, the new winery will allow them to increase their wine production and make different varieties of wine.

People wanting to try Boutier Winery’s Georgia Peach Chardonnay or any of their ten other wines can call Boutier Winery at (770) 529-0490 for more information or visit their web site at A 750 milliliter bottle of Peach Chardonnay sells for $28.99. The Boutiers also offer custom labels for customers who want to give bottles of wine as gifts or use them to commemorate special occasions.