Jefferson City, Mo. - Two wineries received top honors at the 2018 Missouri Wine Competition held July 10 and 11 in Columbia, Mo. Stone Hill Winery's 2015 Chambourcin won the prestigious Missouri Governor's Cup, the highest honor awarded at the competition, and Best of Class Dry Red awards. Augusta Winery's 2016 Norton Estate Bottled won the C.V. Riley Award for best Norton.
The Missouri Wine Competition is the premier competition designed to recognize and promote high quality wines made in the state. Judges awarded 41 gold medals, 94 silver medals and 98 bronze medals at this year's wine competition. Fifty-eight percent more gold medals were awarded this year in comparison to last year. Judges blind tasted 269 wines during the course of the two-day event.
"This competition truly showcases the top wines in Missouri," said 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."
The Missouri Governor's Cup recognizes the best wine in the state and was determined by a panel of seven judges from across the U.S and one industry judge.
"Winning the Missouri Governor's Cup two years in a row is a huge thrill and an incredible honor," said Jon Held, president and owner of Stone Hill Winery. "I'm very proud of the dedication and hard work of our vineyard and winemaking team. They deserve all the credit."
Stone Hill Winery, established in 1847, is the oldest and one of the most consistently awarded wineries for the past 52 years in Missouri. The winery boasts many honors over the years, including multiple Missouri Governor's Cup awards. Stone Hill Winery continues to rank among the nation's top award winning wineries.
The C.V. Riley Award is presented to the best Norton, Missouri's official state grape.The award is named in honor of C.V. Riley, Missouri's first state appointed entomologist whose discoveries led to many advances in the Missouri wine industry.
"It is an honor to win this prestigious award," said Tony Kooyumjian, owner of Augusta Winery. "Although we have won the Missouri Governor's Cup award numerous times, this is the first time we have won the C.V. Riley Award. This award is important to me personally because the Norton grape is my favorite and is the quintessential expression of Missouri and more importantly of the Augusta AVA. More than 10,000 years ago, the Augusta AVA was uniquely covered with "Glacial Dust." It is this mineral rich soil that gives our Nortons their distinctive taste and bouquet. Our wines are made in the vineyard and perfected in our cellars. I would like to thank all our employees who work in the vineyards and cellars for their hard work and attention to detail."
Augusta Winery is located in the Augusta appellation, the site of the first American Viticultural Area. Founded in 1988, Augusta Winery consistently receives national and international acclaim.
The Missouri Governor's Cup winner was selected from the 12 Best of Class honorees:
Sparkling: Stone Hill Winery - 2013 Blanc de Blanc
Dry White: Adam Puchta Winery - Dry Vignoles
Semi-Dry White: St. James Winery - 2017 Dry Vignoles
Sweet White: Stonehaus Farms Winery - Vignoles
Dry Rosé: Les Bourgeois Vineyards - 2017 St. Vincent Rosé
Sweet Rosé: Stone Hill Winery - Rosé Montaigne
Dry Red: Stone Hill Winery - 2015 Chambourcin
Semi-Dry Red: Augusta Winery - Alluvium Estate Bottled
Sweet Red: Montelle Winery - Stone House Red
Dessert: Stone Hill Winery - Cream Sherry
Late Harvest/Ice Wine: Montelle Winery - 2017 Vidal Blanc Icewine
Distilled: Montelle Winery - Peach Eau de Vie
The winning wines will be on display at the 2018 Missouri State Fair, August 9 - 19, in Sedalia.
A complete list of winners is posted online here. More information about the Missouri wine industry can be found at missouriwine.org.