Top Winners for 9th Annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition

By: MN Uncorked

Sips, slurps, sniffs and swirls dominated the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum yesterday as 21 wine experts gathered to determine the top cold hardy wines at the 9 th Annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition.

Six trophies are awarded to the top wines and wineries in addition to the medals. The top awards include Best-of- Show from each competition category, Winery of the Year, and Minnesota Governor’s Cup. Best of Show wines are chosen amongst the gold and double gold medal winners. Winery of the Year is awarded based on a weighted medal count. The Minnesota Governor’s Cup is chosen from the gold and double gold award-winning wines from Minnesota producers.

This year’s competition included 338 wines from nine states, and Ontario, Canada. The judging panel included professional sommeliers, educators, growers and winemakers amongst others.

The ICCWC is the only competition devoted to cold-hardy grape varietals. It seeks to honor and promote wines of exceptional quality produced in these unique cold-climate regions. The competition is run through a partnership between the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the University of Minnesota.

Cold climate or cold hardy grapes are grown in regions where the better-known grapes such as Chardonnay, Merlot or Cabernet are unable to survive through the harsh weather. So in Minnesota and other northern states and Canada you will see Marquette, Frontenac, La Crescent and many other varieties. The University of Minnesota, amongst others, is a leader in breeding grapes for the harsh weather as well as suitable characteristics for winemaking.

 

 

Governor’s Cup

La Crescent (2016) from Northern Hollow Winery, Grasston, MN

Winery of the Year

Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery, Kewaunee, WI

Best of Show

White – La Crescent (2016) from Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery, Kewaunee, WI
Red – Marquette (2015) from Indian Island Winery, Janesville, MN
Specialty – Ice Wine (2016) from Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery, Kewaunee, WI
Rose – Rosie’s Red from Richwood Winery, Callaway, MN

 

Full list of medalists

 

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