Floyd County Approves First Winery

Floyd County will be getting its first winery after the County Commission approved a rezoning and special use permit at their Tuesday meeting.

Billy Newby owns the 58-acre property at 602D Billy Pyle Road, which already houses a few vineyards. He wants to start a winery on the property — which needed to be rezoned from suburban residential to agricultural residential use — because he’s found that many other wineries don’t take grapes from other vineyards.

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the applications following a public hearing that drew both opposition, including a petition signed by 75 residents, and support, including a letter from the Georgia Wine Producers association.