MN Vineyard wins big at “Super Bowl” of National Wine Competitions

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Sovereign Estate Winery Wins Multiple Double Gold honors at SF Chronicle Wine Competition

The Waconia, MN based- vineyard captured honors in six wine categories at the San Francisco Wine Chronicle Wine Competition including:

  1. Double Gold, 2016 Marquette
  2. Double Gold, 2015 Reserve Marquette
  3. Double Gold, 2015 La Crescent
  4. Gold, 2016 Reserve Marquette
  5. Silver, 2016 La Crescent
  6. Bronze, 2016 Reserve Frontenac Blanc

In this annual competition held in January, 2017 in Cloverdale, California, 67 skilled judges from a variety of fields including trade, education, media, retail and hospitality evaluated 6,960 entries from 35 states across the country. Utilizing an extensive process that divides the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold or “Double Gold” (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel judges).

The Winery at Sovereign Estate collected more honors than any other MN vineyard. “I am honored that we were recognized by this prestigious competition”, said Ben Banks, Wine Maker at Sovereign Estate. “What is also exciting is that we are just in our 8th year and we are progressing every year. I believe that this is only a sign of things to come”. Owner Terri Sovereign puts it this way, “This is a clear indication that Minnesota vineyards are capable of producing world class wines . Sovereign Estate is happy to be riding on the crest of that trend”.

The vineyard is a family-owned vineyard that is in its 8th year of operation. The vineyard produces several varietals annually including Marquette, La Crescent and Frontenac Blanc and offers wine tastings, music events, a holiday-themed light show and corporate and private parties throughout the year.

You can visit Sovereign Estate Winery just 20 miles west of Minneapolis at 950 N Shore Rd, Waconia, MN or online at

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