Traverse City, Mich. — Traverse Wine Coast wineries captured a long list of awards at one of the nation’s biggest wine competitions. The TEXSOM International Wine Competition recently selected 57 awards to 14 Traverse City area wineries, including three that won the top Judges’ Selection Award. 

“With our unique soil conditions, lake effect and micro-climate, we are again proving that the Traverse Wine Coast region, comprised of Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas, are producing some of the finest wines in the country,” said Traverse Wine Coast President, Sherri Campbell-Fenton. “We consistently put our wines up against the top wine growing regions in the world and walk away with incredible accolades. To see Traverse Wine Coast take the top honors for the best Michigan Red, best Michigan White and Riesling Varietal is very exciting."

Based out of Texas, The TEXSOM Awards received over 2,000 entries from 24 countries that included France, Italy and Argentina. Entries were presented to 40 judges in blind taste tests. 

Less than five percent of the entered wines received the highest Judge’s Selection award. Locally, Boathouse Vineyards captured that category with a Northern Lights Riesling Sweet, French Valley Vineyard won with a Cabernet Franc, and Good Harbor Vineyards won with a Blanc de Blanc Dry David’s Vineyard.

“Skilled craftspeople are creating these award-winning wines,” said Trevor Tkach (Tah-koch), president of Traverse City Tourism. “They enhance the Traverse City experience and create a remarkable environment. People come to enjoy a sip of wine and look out over some of the most remarkable scenery in the country.” 

Winners include:

Amoritas

Mary’s Folly White Field Blend

Silver Medal

 

Riesling

Silver Medal

 

Mary’s Folly Field Blend Sparkling Rose

Silver Medal

 

Fascinator Dry Muscat

Silver Medal

 

Chardonnay

Bronze Medal

Aurora Cellars

Riesling

Platinum Medal

 

Riesling Dry

Silver Medal

 

Blaufrankish

Silver Medal

 

Radiance

Bronze Medal

 

Gruner Veltliner

Bronze Medal

 

Luminous

Bronze Medal

Bel Lago

Chardonnay Dry

Silver Medal

 

Gewurztraminer

Silver Medal

 

Blaufrankish

Bronze Medal

Black Star Farms

Arcturos Pinot Noir Blanc

Bronze Medal

 

Arcturos Pinot Noir

Bronze Medal

Blustone Vineyards

Blu Sparkling Riesling

Silver Medal

 

Pinot Grigio Rosso

Silver Medal

 

Rose Cabernet Franc

Silver Medal

 

Chardonnay

Bronze Medal

Boathouse Vineyard

Northern Lights Riesling Sweet

Judges’ Selection Medal

 

Dry Dock Riesling

Platinum Medal

 

Seas the Day

Gold Medal

 

Knot too Sweet Riesling

Bronze Medal

Chateau Chantal

Pinot Grigio

Silver Medal

 

Amour Rose Sweet

Bronze Medal

 

Riesling Proprietor’s Reserve

Bronze Medal

 

Riesling Late Harvest

Bronze Medal

 

Pinot Gris Proprietor’s Reserve

Bronze Medal

 

Trio Proprietor’s Reserve

Bronze Medal

Ciccone Vineyard & Winery

Tramonto

Platinum Medal

 

Lee LaTage

Silver Medal

 

Dolcetto

Silver Medal

 

Pinot Noir

Silver Medal

 

Gewurztraminer

Bronze Medal

French Valley

Cabernet Franc

Judges’ Selection Medal

Good Harbor Vineyards

Blanc de Blanc Dry David’s Vineyard

Judges’ Selection Medal

 

Zweigelt Dry

Silver Medal

 

Brut Norah’s Vineyard

Silver Medal

 

Riesling Late Harvest

Silver Medal

 

Albarino Dry

Silver Medal

 

Pinot Grigio Dry

Silver Medal

 

Pinot Noir-Zweigelt

Silver Medal

 

Pinot Blanc Dry

Bronze Medal

 

Chardonnay Dry Unoaked

Bronze Medal

 

Rose Pinot Noir Dry

Bronze Medal

Mari Vineyards

Sauvignon Blanc

Platinum Medal

 

Proserpina

Silver Medal

 

Stuckfass Riesling

Bronze Medal

 

Simplicissimus Sparkling Riesling

Bronze Medal

Rove Estate

Chardonnay Unoaked

Bronze Medal

 

Riesling

Bronze Medal

Soul Squeeze

Better Angel Gruner Veltliner

Silver Medal

 

U&I Chardonnay Barrel Aged

Silver Medal

 

U&I Chardonnay

Bronze Medal

Verterra Winery

Riesling Dry Kulpa Vineyard

Silver Medal

 

Pinot Blanc

Silver Medal

TEXSOM has been judging wines for over 30 years. More information about the awards is available at http://www.texsom.com/.

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ABOUT TRAVERSE WINE COAST

Located on the 45th parallel of northern Michigan, the Traverse Wine Coast boasts two unique peninsulas that create optimal conditions for winemaking. The microclimates of the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas have an environment that grapes love and so do people. Traverse Wine Coast is a collaborative agreement with more than 40 wineries dedicated to the promotion of the wine industry in the region. The wineries of Traverse Wine Coast produce about 55-percent of Michigan wines.

Mike Kent | Public Relations Manager 
231.995.3927 | mikek@traversecity.com

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