October 20, 2017

Wine Competition Winners in the Midwest

Listed below are the top award winners for the major Midwestern Wine Competitions. The Cold Climate Wine Competition in Minnesota winners can be accessed by clicking the link below.  It’s heartening to see so many quality cold climate wines among the winners.  We’ve included the types of grapes used to make the all the winners.

Mid-American Wine Competition (Iowa)

Sweepstakes Award Winners:

Desert: Augusta Winery, MO, Estate Bottled Vintage Port

Dry Red: Ardon Creek Vineyard and Winery, IA, Commission Man Red (Noiret)

Dry White: Wide River Winery, IA, Ms DMeanor White (Vignoles)

Fruit Wine: Apple Barn Orchard & Winery, WI, Strawberry Jewel

Off Dry White: Easley Winery, IN, Traminette

Rose: Wollersheim Winery, WI, Prairie Blush (Foch)

Sparking: L Mawby, MI, L Mawby Tradition (Pinot Noir/Chardonnay)

Sweet Red: Oliver Winery, IN, Soft Red (Concord)

Sweet White: Soldier Creek Winery, IA,  Brianna

Sweet White: Tassel Ridge, IA,  Iowa La Crescent

Dick Peterson Award: Cedar Ridge Vineyards, IA, Blanc de Blanc (Brianna/Pinot Grigio)

INDY International Wine Competition (Indiana)

Note: INDY International had 72 Best of Class Award Winners for 2105, which is more than we can print. For a full list of winners, visit: INDY International.org 

Below are some of the more interesting Best of Class cold hardy wines from the Midwest:

Huber’s Orchard & Winery, Indiana, US, Catawba Rose’

Reid’s Livery Winery, Kentucky, US, Diamond, Diamond’s and Lace

Turtle Run Winery, Indiana, US, Niagara, Slip My Mind

Satek Winery, Indiana, US, Concord, 101 Lakes Red

Country Heritage Winery & Vineyard, Indiana, US, Vignoles

St. James Winery, Missouri, Cayuga, Valvin Muscat, Vignoles, Friendship School White

Parley Lake Winery, Minnesota, US, Frontenac

Staller Estate Vineyard and Winery, Wisconsin, Foch, Estate Reserve


Best of Show:

Franken’s (sparking made from French hybrids), Illinois Sparking Company, Utica

Governor’s Cup for Illinois-Grown Fruit:

Red Table: Blue Sky Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2012

White Table: Acquaviva Winery Bianco Bello 2013 (St. Pepin)

Blush/Rosé: August Hill Winery White Chambourcin 2014

Fruit: Spirit Knob Winery Just Peachy 2014

Dessert: Blue Sky Vineyard Shawnee Cream 2013

Top Awards for Wines from any Appellation

Red Table: Kite Hill Vineyards Chambourcin 2011

White Table: Illinois Sparkling Co. Sparkling Brut NV (cold hardy hybrids)

Fruit: August Hill Winery Augie’s Blackberry 2014


The Best of Class award-winners are:
Sparkling: MAWBY/L Mawby Tradition
Dry White: Boathouse Vineyards 2013 “Dry Dock” Riesling
Dry Red: Mari Vineyards 2012 Praefectus (Cab Franc)
Semi-dry White: Boathouse Vineyards 2014 Semi-Sweet Riesling
Semi-dry Red: Karma Vista Vineyards 2014 Devil’s Head Red (Noiret and Dornfelder)
Dessert: 45 North Vineyard & Winery 2013 Riesling Ice Wine
Fruit: Chateau de Leelanau Cherry Wine
Rosé: St. Ambrose Cellars 2014 Vin Gris from Pinot Noir

Minnesota- Cold Climate Wine Competition Winners 

C.V Riley Award for Best Norton: Chandler Hill Vineyards, 2013 Savage Noton

SPARKLING Stone Hill Winery Brut Rosé
DRY WHITE Adam Puchta Winery Vignoles (dry)
SEMI-DRY WHITE St. James Winery 2014 Vignoles
SWEET WHITE Stone Hill Winery 2013 Vignoles
DRY RED Stone Hill Winery 2012 Chambourcin
SEMI-DRY RED Stone Hill Winery 2013 Steinberg
Sweet Red RED Montelle Winery Stone House Red
ROSÉ Stone Hill Winery Dry Rosé
FRUIT WINE Windy Wine Company Raspberry
LATE HARVEST/ICEWINE Stone Hill Winery 2013 Vidal Ice Wine
DESSERT/FORTIFIED Stone Hill Winery Cream Sherry

The seven Best of Class winners were:

Best of Class: White Wine Ferrante Winery, 2014 American Riesling

Best of Class: Red Wine (Tie) Valley Vineyards, 2013 Syrah

Ferrante Winery, 2013 Cabernet Franc Signature Series

Best of Class: Blush/Rose Matus Winery, Pink Catawba

Best of Class: Fruit Wine Brandeberry Winery, “Black Dog” Cayuga and Red Raspberry Blend

Best of Class: Dessert Wine Gervasi Vineyard, “Sognata” Vidal Blanc Ice Wine

Best of Class: Sparkling The Winery at Versailles, “Stampede” Concord and Niagara Blend

Wisconsin State Fair Wine Competition 

The Wisconsin State Fair Wine Competition does not post its professional winners on the internet (that must not sit well with the wineries that paid an entry fee.) However, the Green Bay Press Gazette got a list of some of the winners which can be accessed at Paralell 44 Wine Tops State Fair Contest.   We’re happy to learn that Paralell 44 won Best of Show for their Petite Pearl.





About Mark Ganchiff

Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark’s articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.