Hoosier Wineries Earn Global Medals

August 5th, 2016

By Andy Ober | Inside Indiana Business 

Indiana wineries won more than 300 medals at the 25th Indy International Wine Competition at Purdue University, including 32 unanimous best-of-class honors. A wine from California-based Wente Vineyards won the top prize at this week's event.

The competition features 79 classes of wines from commercial and private winemakers around the world. More than 2,000 submissions were evaluated by a panel of 52 judges.

Other winners include:

* Winery of the Year: Trinchero Family Estates; Napa Valley, California. This trophy honors the best international brand of the competition.

* Winemaker of the Year: Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery; Oliver, British Columbia, Canada. This trophy is awarded to the winemaker who wins the most gold medals by brand at the competition.

* Red Wine of the Year: Fawnridge Winery; Auburn, California - 2014 Sierra Foothills Petite Sirah.

* White Wine of the Year: St. James Winery; St. James, Missouri - 2015 Vignoles.

* Rosé Wine of the Year: Effingham Manor Winery; Nokesville, Virginia - 2015 Rosé Chambourcin.

* Sparkling Wine of the Year: St. Julian Wine Company, Inc.; Paw Paw, Michigan - Sweet Nancie Traminette.

* Dessert Wine of the Year: Buck Creek Winery; Indianapolis - 2014 Vidal Blanc White Ice Wine.

* Fruit Wine of the Year: Galena Cellars, Inc.; Galena, Illinois - 2015 Cherry.

Indiana winners include:

* Indiana Winery of the Year, Governor’s Cup: Oliver Winery, Bloomington. This trophy is awarded to the Indiana winery that wins the most medals of the highest quality.

* Indiana Wine of the Year: Huber’s Orchard and Winery, Borden - 2015 Vignoles.

* Indiana Farm Winery of the Year: Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard, LaOtto. This award is given to the best winery that produces less than 50,000 gallons of wine annually.

* Indiana Traminette of the Year: Two EEs Winery; Huntington - 2015 Traminette. This award honors the best entry of Indiana’s signature wine.

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