The results are in from the Indy International Wine Competitions, one of the largest and most respected contests in the United States, in which 20 countries were represented this year with 2100 wines entered in 74 different wine classes. For instance, Zinfandel would be a class, as would many other grape varieties, including Chardonel and Chambourcin. In addition, there are blended wine categories too.
The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail wineries won 10 of the 74 classes! And we didn’t even have wines represented in every class.
But first, the big kudos go out to Huber’s Orchard and Winery. Congratulations Ted Huber for winning the Indiana Winemaker of the Year, and for Huber’s Orchard and Winery for winning the Governor’s Cup!
Also, a super great job goes out to French Lick Winery for winning the Traminette of the Year with their 2014 vintage. Traminette is the Indiana state grape, so this is a big award!
Winning a class means a winery had the very best entry in that classification. Those aren’t easy to win, especially considering our wines are judged against the best the world is entering.
So here is a list of the Best in Class!
Berry Wines – Best Vineyards
Carbonated – Huber Winery
Catawba – Huber Winery
Chambourcin – French Lick Winery
Chardonel – Butler Winery
Niagara – Turtle Run Winery
Other White Hybrids – Huber Winery
Pinot Gris / Grigio – Oliver Winery
Red American Blend – Turtle Run Winery
Sauvignon Blanc – Oliver Winery
When visiting the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail wineries, exceptional wine exists everywhere. Each winery contributed to the following medal count.
Double Gold – All judges who tried these wines deemed them gold medal deserving. Not an easy feat. Only 6.6 % of all wines meet this mark. Indiana Upland Wineries – 10 double gold medals
Gold Medals – The standard bearer of excellence. Only 12% of all wines achieve this mark. Indiana Upland Wineries – 18 gold medals.
Silver Medals – Exceptional quality wines. Indiana Upland Wineries: 59 silver medals.
Bronze Medals – Good, solid, high quality wines. Indiana Upland Wineries: 23 bronze medals.
Indiana Uplands Wine Trail Wineries – Experience Wines on par with the best the world has to offer.