“Not only has the local community rallied around us, but the State’s small businesses resources have been critical to our success. We’ve become a tourism destination, reached new international markets, worked with national media outlets and much more.”
– Erik Vonk, Owner and Founder, Richland Rum
Originally from Holland, Erik and Karin Vonk dreamt of producing their own rum the authentic way. Georgia provided everything they needed from the land to grow sugarcane and the strategic partnerships to grow and expand their business.
With the help of state and local officials, the Vonks were able to locate a facility in downtown Richland, find a distributor, and build a successful nationwide business. Today, Richland Rum performs tours and tastings six days a week; welcomes nearly 4,000 visitors a year; reaches seven international markets; and is expanding to a second location on the Georgia coast, where they will serve more than 50,000 visitors a year.
WHAT GEORGIA OFFERS Richland Rum