Konzelmann, Niagara wineries get golds at awards

Konzelmann Estate Winery is toasting a stellar performance at Wednesday’s Ontario Wine Awards.

This year, the Niagara-on-the-Lake winery garnered four gold medals in a prestigious annual competition held at Niagara College.

That’s the most winery golds for 2016 in a competition featuring 71 wineries and 467 submissions.

Konzelmann got the top spot in categories of Gewurztraminer; Pinot Blanc/Pinot Gris; Cabernet/Merlot Blends and Late Harvest.

“What makes it extra special is our winemaker and owner, Mr. Herbert Konzelmann, a pioneer in the Niagara wine industry is still turning out award winning VQA wines,” said Konzelmann’s director of marketing Andrew Niven.

“To witness the respect and admiration of his peers at the show really shows how his passion and dedication to making quality wine pays off,” Niven said.

“Now our gold medal winning wines go on to the Lieutenant Governor’s tasting panel, which is highly regarded as one of the top awards in Ontario winemaking.”

Other Niagara wineries fared well in snagging golds this year, including Chateau des Charmes with three and Jackson Triggs taking two.

The ceremony was held at Niagara College and their Benchmark Restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake and hosted by celebrity chef Michael Bonacini.

It recognizes top Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario wine varieties in 25 different categories and in bronze, silver and golds.

There are also awards given out honouring winemaker of the year, white wine, red wine, wine journalism and best lable.

Another Niagara winery — Creekside Estate’s 2012 Broken Press Syrah Reserve — took home the top prize for red wine. White wine honours went to Exultet Estates’ 2013 Chardonnay “the Blessed” from Prince Edward County.

Winemaker of the Year went to Craig McDonald at Trius Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. That award recognizes the winemaker’s consistent quality as demonstrated by additional wine awards, and his overall contribution to the wine industry.

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