Amongst those highlighted was South Shore Wine Company located in Northeast, along Lake Erie. The winery was awarded one of the two best in competition awards for its 2017 Gruner Veltliner, a dry white wine. General manager Mario Mazza commented on the win saying, “We’re thrilled that the wine has been so well received – with the combination of a great growing season and hard work by our growers, we received phenomenal fruit…The wine itself is an extremely aromatic and intense expression of Grüner while still retaining its characteristic acidity and food friendliness,”.
Pittsburgh-based Arsenal Cider House‘s 2018 Red Raspberry won the other best in competition award was awarded best fruit wine. “With all the awesome wineries we have in our state, it’s an honor to receive such an award. We will continue to strive to showcase the best of what the PA wine industry has to offer,” said founder Bill Larkin.
Black Dog Wine Company is a boutique winery producing wines in the countryside of western Allegheny County, around 15 miles from downtown Pittsburgh and 10 miles from Pittsburgh International Airport. It won best sweet red (2017 Pink Kitty) and best sweet white (2018 Trophy White).
Lancaster County’s Nissley Vineyards & Winery won best dry red with it’s 2017 Chambourcin named best dry red with Nissley’s operations manager Jonas Nissley saying, “We are proud of the ’17 Chambourcin! The blend was not very different than past vintages…We blended in 8% Cab Franc [grown by Penn State extension fruit farm] and 2% DeChaunac [grown by us]. The other 90% was all Chambourcin grown by us. The growing season was good for Chambourcin and Chambourcin has always done well in our vineyard. Also, we now pull leaves at least twice per season in all our Chambourcin vineyards to get the fruit as much sunlight as possible.”
Other wineries that took home big awards included Armstrong Valley Winery in Halifax, Dauphin County (one gold, three silver and two bronze), Conneaut Cellars Winery & Distillery in Conneaut Lake, Crawford County (one gold, three silver, four bronze) and Seven Mountains Wine Cellars in Spring Mills, Centre County (two gold, one silver, five bronze).
To see a full list of winners from the 2019 Pennsylvania Wine Competition, click here.