Niagara County, NY – The wineries of the Niagara Wine Trail took home a multitude of medals from the 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, held March 29 – 30th in Rochester, NY. The competition featured over 3,700 wine entries from 20 countries; including entries from each of the 50 states, and from 6 Canadian provinces. The wines were judged by 75 of the world’s top judges from 16 countries.
The Niagara Wine Trail wineries took home a combined total of 34 awards across the Gold, Silver, and Bronze rankings. Four (4) Gold Medals were awarded, which included Honeymoon Trail Winey’s “Diamond,” a 2013 vintage 100% Diamond variety; Leonard Oakes Estate Winery’s “Vidal Blanc Ice Wine,” a 2011 vintage 100% Vidal Blanc variety; Schulze Vineyards & Winery “Vidal Blanc Ice Wine,” a 2012 vintage 100% Vidal Blanc variety, and The Winery at Marjim Manor’s “Lady of the Manor,” which is a 2013 vintage 100% Concord wine.
Eleven (11) Silver Medals and Nineteen (19) Bronze Medals were granted across the wineries as well. A Gust of Sun Winery & Vineyard received 1 Silver and 3 Bronze; Black Willow Winery, 2 Bronze; Honeymoon Trail Winery, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze; Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze; Midnight Run Wine Cellars, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze; Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze; Schulze Vineyards & Winery, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze; Schwenk Wine Cellars, the Trail’s newest Member, received 1 Bronze; The Winery at Marjim Manor, 3 Bronze and Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms received 1 Silver and 2 Bronze.
The award-winning wines were an assortment of traditional vinifera, ice wine, fruit, non-vinifera and blended wines. The wide-range of these award-winning styles is a testament to the winemaking passion and uniqueness that each winery brings to the Niagara Wine Trail. Awards won may be viewed on the Niagara Wine Trail website. For a comprehensive list of the winners from the event, visit the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition website (www.fliwc.com). The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition also benefits Camp Good Days and Special Times.
Niagara Wine Trail Coordinator