Solid Gold Niagara

2011 InterVin International Wine Awards

This year’s InterVin International Wine Awards bestowed 47 gold medals during its intensive three-day blind tasting competition, held at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake this past August.

From a pool of nearly 1,100 wines representing 15 countries, two of the highest scoring wines of the competition were Niagara’s: Inniskillin Wines 2008 Riesling Icewine (best sweet wine) and Thirty Bench Wine Makers 2010 Small Lot Gewürztraminer (best white).

“The gold medallists from the 2011 InterVin International Wine Awards share little in common. They are the product of six different countries, produced by wineries of varying size and represent a wide array of styles and expressions,” explains Christopher Waters, editor of VINES Magazine and head judge of the InterVin International Wine Awards. “The one thing that these singular wines do share, however, is our judges’ respect and admiration for being truly exceptional.”

Judges included internationally acclaimed sommeliers Lindsay Groves and Zoltan Szabo, respected wine writers Linda Bramble and Daenna Van Mulligen and celebrated winemakers Darryl Brooker and Craig McDonald.

Gold Medallists

Colaneri Estate Winery 2010 Cavallone Pinot Grigio Ontario
Coyote’s Run Estate Winery 2009 Black Paw Vineyard Pinot Noir Ontario
Flat Rock Cellars 2010 Gewürztraminer Ontario
Hillebrand Winery 2006 Showcase Sparkling Ontario
Huff Estates 2008 Cuvée Peter F. Huff Ontario
Inniskillin Wines 2008 Riesling Icewine Ontario
Inniskillin Wines 2010 Winemaker’s Series Barrel Aged Pinot Gris Ontario
Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate 2009 Gold Series White Meritage Ontario
Kacaba Vineyards 2007 Reserve Merlot Ontario
Konzelmann Estate Winery 2008 Vidal Icewine Ontario
Mike Weir Wine 2006 Vidal Icewine Ontario
Palatine Hills Estate Winery2010 Neufeld Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Ontario
Peller Estates Niagara-on-the-Lake 2010 Private Reserve Vidal Icewine Ontario
Rosewood Estates Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc Barrel #86 Ontario
Southbrook Vineyards 2008 Connect Organic Red Ontario
Southbrook Vineyards Framboise Ontario
Tawse Winery 2010 Riesling Ontario
Tawse Winery 2009 Robyn’s Block Vineyard Chardonnay Ontario
The Foreign Affair Winery 2009 Pinot Noir Ontario
Thirty Bench Wine Makers 2010 Small Lot Gewürztraminer Ontario

For more information, visit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *