Augusta Wine Company, comprised of Augusta and Montelle wineries, has been awarded 61 medals overall between the Mid-American and Missouri Wine Competitions held this month.

From the eighth Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at Des Moines Area Community College, Montelle Winery received four gold medals, including two Sweepstakes nominations for Seyval Blanc and Vidal Icewine, one silver medal, and two bronze.

Augusta Winery received two gold medals, five silver medals, and one bronze.

“The quality of Midwestern wines continues to improve,” said Bob Foster, director of the Mid-American Wine Competition (MAWC). “These are high quality wines that wine lovers should seek out and try.”

The MAWC was held July 11-13 and included wines from 15 Midwestern states. Professional wine judges from throughout the United States awarded 100 gold medals, 171 silver medals, and 132 bronze medals.

The judges for the MAWC were selected by Chief Judge Doug Frost of Kansas City, who has earned both the coveted Master of Wine degree and the Master Sommelier title.

The judges, who have over 200 years of cumulative experience, are experts in wine production, service and distribution.

The 2014 Missouri Wine Competition was held July 15-16.

“This competition truly showcases the top wines in Missouri,” said Jim Anderson, executive director of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board. “This year, more wines were awarded gold medals than ever before, which is a direct reflection of the quality of wines Missouri is producing.”

Throughout the course of the two-day competition, judges tasted 300 wines through the process of blind tastings and granted 51 gold medals (including 12 Best of Class), 109 silver medals, and 88 bronze medals.

Montelle Winery received eight gold medals, including three best of class for 2013 Seyval Blanc, Stone House Red, and Cherry Brandy, six silver medals, and six bronze.

Augusta Winery received an outstanding 12 gold medals, including best of class for the Dry Rosé La Fleur Sauvage, nine silver medals, and five bronze.

Taking home four out of the 12 best of class honors, Augusta Wine Company’s owner and winemaker, Tony Kooyumjian, and his team, Assistant Wine Maker Tom Kooyumjian, Cellar Master Mark Nienhueser and Vineyard Manager Paul Hopen, are elated.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to know all of the hard work, dedication, and passion put into our wines comes through in the final product and is being recognized and enjoyed at medal winning levels,” Tony Kooyumjian said.