Stone Hill Winery’s 2015 Chambourcin was voted Best of Class Dry Red at the 2018 Missouri Wine Competition.

The winery earned the highest award for the best wine of the year — The Governor’s Cup.

“Winning the Missouri Governors Cup two years in a row is a huge thrill and an incredible honor,” said Jon Held, president and owner of Stone Hill Winery, Hermann.

“I’m very proud of the dedication and hard work of our vineyard and winemaking team, they deserve all the credit,” he said.

The Missouri Wine Competition is a premier competition designed to recognize and promote quality wines made in the state.

The Governor’s Cup recognizes the best wine in Missouri and was determined by a panel of eight judges.

During the course of the two-day competition, which wrapped up July 11, the judges tasted hundreds of wines before awarding the Governor’s Cup honors to Stone Hill Winery.

Throughout the course of the competition, the judges granted 41 gold medals, 94 silver medals and 98 bronze medals. Twenty-three wineries participated in this year’s competition.

“This competition truly showcases the top wines in Missouri,” says Jim Anderson, executive director of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board. “More than 230 medals were awarded at this year’s competition which is a direct reflection of the quality of wines Missouri is producing.”

Stone Hill Winery captured a total of 52 awards, including the Governor’s Cup, Best of Class Sparkling for 2013 Blanc de Blanc, Best of Class Dry Red for 2015 Chambourcin, Best of Class Sweet Rosé for Rosé Montaigne and Best of Class Dessert for Cream Sherry.

Additionally, Stone Hill won nine gold medals, 24 silver medals and 14 bronze medals.

“It is very exciting that our 2015 Chambourcin walked away with the Governor’s Cup this year,” said Shawn Turnbull, head winemaker at Stone Hill Winery.

“It’s an awesome versatile variety that we have continuously dedicated time to improve the quality,” he said. “Receiving the award surely proves we are heading in the right direction and I am super pumped about the future of the variety.”

Stone Hill Winery was established in 1847. Well before there was Napa Valley wine industry, it has grown to be the second largest winery in the United States.

Today, Stone Hill’s legacy lives on being family-owned and with local roots in Hermann.