2014 Ontario Wine Awards – And the winner is…

By / Wine + Drinks / May 21st, 2014 / 1

In 1995, Tony Aspler, Canada’s most acclaimed wine writer, founded the Ontario Wine Awards. His vision to celebrate Ontario’s VQA wines and promote the top quality wineries of the province – on the world stage – has now been realized.

Now in its 20th year, the OWA received 548 wine submissions from 73 wineries. Judging was held over two consecutive Saturdays in April (12 & 19) at Crush Wine Bar with the icewine category being judged on April 20th. The judge’s panel was comprised of wine writers and those in the teaching community. The event was not open to the public. A gala reception and ceremony honouring all the winners was held on May 9th in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

In addition to recognizing VQA varietal wines in 25 different categories (with Bronze, Silver and Gold winners), four distinctive awards honouring the very best of the Ontario wine world were awarded to; Winemaker of the Year, White Wine of The Year, Red Wine of the Year and the Wine Journalism Award.


This year’s winners:


Winemaker of the Year

Brian Schmidt, Vineland Estates Winery


White Wine of the Year

Château des Charmes 2012 ‘Old Vines’ Riesling, Estate Bottled


Red Wine of the Year

Angels Gate 2012 Mountainview Pinot Noir


Wine Journalism Award

Rick VanSickle for his article ROWS published in the October 2013 issue of Tidings Magazine (now Quench)


Shannon is an urban soul living (and loving) a small-town, country life. Short term goals include always keeping her wine glass, and outlook on life, half-full. Long term goal…taking her three boys on a 6 month south Pacific adventure. We’ll keep you updated.

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