Winners! 2015 Ontario Wine Awards
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 21st year, the OWA received 472 wine submissions from 79 wineries. Judging was held over two consecutive weekends in April (11 & 17) at Crush Wine Bar+ Kitchen with the icewine category being judged on April 19th. The judge’s panel was comprised of wine writers and those in the teaching community. A gala reception and ceremony honouring all the winners was held on May 8th 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:
Vintage Hotels Winemaker of the Year Award
Emma Garner, Thirty Bench Wine Makers
Vintage Hotels White Wine of the Year Award
Peller Estates 2013 AP Signature Series Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage Hotels Red Wine of the Year Award
Pillitteri Estates 2010 Riserva Famiglia Cabernet Franc
Wine Country Ontario Wine Journalism Award
Evan Saviolidis, for Back Again, published in the July/August 2014 issue of Quench Magazine.
Quench Magazine Oaked Chardonnay Award – Over $20
Gold: 16 Mile Cellar 2011 Civility Chardonnay
Silver: Huff Estates 2012 South Bay Chardonnay
Bronze: The Foreign Affair 2010 Chardonnay
Bronze: Ravine Vineyards Estate 2013 Chardonnay
Quench Magazine Cabernet Franc Award
Gold: Thirty Bench Wine Makers 2012 Small Lot Cabernet Franc
Silver: Trius 2012 Showcase Red Shale Cabernet Franc
Bronze: Pillitteri Estates 2012 Exclamation Cabernet Franc
Quench Magazine Appassimento Red Award
Gold: Pillitteri Estates 2010 Riserva Famiglia Cabernet Franc
Silver: Reif Estate 2012 Kiln Dried Syrah
Bronze: Angels Gate 2012 Bin XCV