Traverse City, MI — Northern Michigan wines excelled in what is considered one of the most selective wine competitions in the country. The TEXSOM International Wine Competition awarded 69 medals to wines of the Traverse Wine Coast representing 17 vineyards.

“We’ve been saying for a while that the wines of the region can match up with wines from anywhere in the world,” said Traverse Wine Coast Vice President, Gabe Marzonie. “The TEXSOM competition is yet another piece of proof to that claim.”

Three wineries, Aurora Cellars, Good Harbor Vineyards and Soul Squeeze Cellars captured the Judges’ Selection award. It is the top award given to only about three percent of the winners. Only eight-percent of wines in the competition were awarded a gold medal, and nine area wineries received gold recognition. Three of the local wineries, Aurora, Shady Lane and Verterra, each received two gold awards. Traverse Wine Coast winemakers secured 21 silver medals and 36 bronze medals.

“When you combine award-winning wines with the spectacular experiences and views at the wineries, the wine industry is a huge attraction to visitors in the region,” said Traverse City Tourism President, Trevor Tkach.

TEXSOM has recognized top wines for over 30 years. The awards attract entries from around the world, including top wine-producing regions in France, Argentina, California and Italy. It’s considered a top competition due to a roster of over 70 international sommelier judges. Nearly 2,400 wines were entered into the competition.

Winners include:

45 North Vineyard & Winery

SPG – 2017

Gold

 

SPG – 2018

Silver

 

Medium Sweet Riesling

Silver

 

Riesling Dry

Bronze

Aurora Cellars

Cabernet Franc

Judges’ Selection

 

Blaufrankisch

Gold

 

Gewurztraminer

Gold

 

Pinot Grigio

Silver

 

Brut Rose

Bronze

 

Gruner Veltliner

Bronze

Bel Lago

Bel Lago Red

Bronze

 

Leelanau Primavera

Bronze

Blustone Vineyards

Chardonnay

Gold

 

Rosso Pinot Grigio

Silver

 

Rose Cabernet Franc

Bronze

Brengman Brothers

Chenin Blanc Timberlee

Vineyard

Silver

 

Block 7 Rose Pinot Noir

Crain Hill Vineyard

Silver

 

Concrete Chardonnay Chardonnay Shore Vineyard

Bronze

 

Sauvignon Blanc

Timberlee Vineyard

Bronze

Chateau Chantal

Pinot Gris Proprietor’s Reserve

Silver

 

Tonight Brut

Bronze

 

Pinot Noir Proprietor’s Reserve

Bronze

 

Celebrate!

Bronze

 

Chardonnay Proprietor’s Reserve

Bronze

Ciccone Vineyard & Winery

Tramonto Red

Silver

 

Blush from Pinot Grigio

Bronze

 

Cabernet Franc

Bronze

Farm Fresh Wine Company (Leelanau Cellars)

Blueberry Bubbly Moscato

Silver

 

Peach Moscato

Silver

 

Blackberry Bubbly Moscato

Bronze

 

Cranberry

Bronze

 

Blueberry

Bronze

 

Raspberry Bubbly Moscato

Bronze

French Valley Vineyard

Cabernet Franc-Merlot

Silver

 

Chardonnay

Bronze

Good Harbor Vineyards

Blanc de Noirs Dry Benjamin’s Vineyard

Judges’ Selection

 

Riesling Dry

Gold

 

Blanc de Blanc Dry David’s Vineyard

Silver

 

Pinot Grigio

Silver

 

Pinot Blanc

Silver

 

Rose Pinot Noir

Bronze

Lakeshore Farms Trading Co. (Leelanau Cellars)

Blackberry

Bronze

 

Blueberry

Bronze

 

Peach

Bronze

Leelanau Cellars

Merlot

Silver

 

Mertage

Bronze

Mawby Sparkling

Gold Brut Traditional Method

Solver

 

Blanc Brut Traditional Method

Bronze

 

Grace Rose Brut Traditional Method

Bronze

Rove Estate

Pinot Noir

Bronze

 

Sparkling Brut

Bronze

 

Sauvignon Blanc

Bronze

 

Chardonnay Unoaked

Bronze

Shady Lane Cellars

Gewurztraminer

Gold

 

Blaufrankisch

Gold

 

Pinot Gris Hennessy Vineyard

Silver

 

Semi-Dry Riesling

Silver

 

Gruner Veltliner Hennessey Vineyard

Bronze

 

Blaufrankisch

Bronze

 

Sparkling Riesling

Bronze

 

Pinot Noir Reserve

Bronze

Soul Squeeze Cellars

Rapt Riesling Dry Bluff View Vineyards

Judges’ Selection

 

The Good Fight Pinot Gris

Silver

 

The Pearl Sparking Rose

Bronze

Verterra

Riesling Dry Kulpa Vineyard

Gold

 

Pinot Blanc

Gold

 

Rose of Merlot

Silver

 

Rose of Pinot Noir Dry

Silver

 

Rose of Cabernet Franc

Bronze