Still Pond Winery

Still Pond Winery
1575 Still Pond Road
Arlington, GA 39813
(800) 475-1193

West of the city of Albany, in southwestern Georgia, not far from the Alabama line, three generations of Cowart men have grown grapes, first for fresh, eating grapes, now for wine. Charlie Cowart, the eldest of the three, managed a cattle farm and was the first to ponder the possibilities of wine, when he planted 50 acres of muscadines in the 1970s. His son, Charles, leveraged that dream when, in 2003, he began making his own lime of Still Pond wine from Cowart-grown grapes.

Still Pond got its name from the spring fed pond that dominates the property. Some say there was a Confederate brandy still that made peach brandy there during the Civil War. That may be a tall story, but digs into the dirt around the pond have revealed peach pit middens.

Today, a third generation of the Cowart family, Charlie (named for his grandfather) is the winemaker for Still Pond. He’s working to increase production and introduce drier wines made from muscadine grape varieties.

Date of interview:

August 26, 2008

Interviewer:

John T Edge

Photographer:

John T Edge

Still Pond Winery - Charlie Cowart - Wine in the South
We’ve had a number of people that grew up in the area stop by, and visit and they all had the same tale that their father farmed somewhere along the sides of this property over the years and everybody had their own stump. And if you would put $2 in this stump, miraculously overnight it would turn into a pint of shine. And supposedly it was real good shine too.

I was born in 1981, lived here all my life. I’ve grew up out here, spent the summers out here with my grandfather…This is all I know.
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