Niagara earns Gold at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards
The 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards results were released in June and Niagara wines represented Canada well. In total, Niagara wines earned 132 awards, including seven gold medals – the most Gold medals of all of Canada’s wine regions.
“We are thrilled that Niagara has been globally recognized as having the most top-performing wines in Canada,” says Anthony Annunziata, President, Tourism Partnership of Niagara. “The hard-work, dedication and passion that our farmers, growers and winemakers put in to creating each vintage is what makes Niagara proud to be one of the most delectable and award-winning wine counties across the nation.”
2019 was the 16th year for the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). It is the world’s largest wine competition, with 280 of the top wine-expert judges from around the world. It takes the judges two weeks of rigorous tasting to review and asses 17,000 wines from 52 countries. All tastings are done blind. Award categories include Best in Show, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
Canadian wines received a total of 332 medals; the highest earned was Gold. Of the 11 Gold Medals, seven were granted to wines from the Niagara Pennisula. Here is a list of the seven winners:
- Cuveé Catharine Carte Blanche Blanc de Blanc Brut 2013 by Henry of Pelham
- Rosomel Vineyard Fumé Blanc 2017 by Hidden Bench
- Icewine Vidal 2017 by Lakeview Cellars
- Andrew Peller Signature Series Oak Aged Vidal Icewine 2017 by Pellar Estates
- Small Lot Steel Post Vineyard Riesling 2016 by Thirty Bench
- Small Lot Wild Cask Riesling 2016 by Thirty Bench
- Trius Brut by Trius
The other four gold medal winners came from Okanagan Valley producers Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards (Fitz Blanc de Blancs 2014), Inniskillin Okanagan Estates (Riesling Icewine 2017), Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate (Reserve Riesling Icewine 2017) and Sperling Vineyards (Old Vines Riesling 2015).
It’s interesting to note that, even though almost half of the medal-winning Canadian wines are red, all our gold medal winners are white wines, and most are Rieslings or Icewines. Hopefully, in the coming years we’ll see Canadian wines taking more Gold, and perhaps even Platinum, medals for all colours and styles.