August 9, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Congratulates Winners of the 2017 New York Wine & Food Classic

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Contest Highlights World-Class Wine, Spirits and Ciders in New York State

Complements State's Actions to Grow New York's Craft Beverage Industry


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the winners of the 32nd New York Wine & Food Classic-a nationally recognized competition highlighting the best of New York's wine, spirits and ciders. This year, the coveted Governor's Cup trophy, the most esteemed award given at the Classic, was presented to Buttonwood Grove Winery from the Finger Lakes Region for their 2016 Riesling wine. In addition, CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery also from the Finger Lakes and Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery from Long Island tied for the 'Winery of the Year' award.

"Across the state, New York's wineries, distilleries and cideries are driving tourism, creating jobs and strengthening our economy," Governor Cuomo said. "The annual New York Wine & Food Classic celebrates and recognizes the best of the best of this booming industry. I congratulate the winners and encourage New Yorkers to try these world-class products for themselves."

Known as "The Oscars" of New York wine competitions, the Classic is organized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and is open to the more than 420 New York wineries across the state. This year's competition included 958 individual entries: 915 New York wines, 27 hard ciders and 16 craft spirits from Long Island, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, and Western New York and other regions. 

Samuel Filler, Executive Director of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, said, "We are proud to organize the New York Wine & Food Classic each year and recognize the excellence and diversity of New York wines, spirits and ciders. This is a very competitive competition. Every entry offers its own unique qualities and we applaud this year's winners. We also thank Governor Cuomo and his administration for their continued support of the New York wine industry."

New York State Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "New York wines are among the best in the world, and the State's top-notch agricultural sector is the foundation of every bottle. It is exciting to celebrate the collaboration of our growers and producers through this competition. I congratulate all of the winners, and I thank Governor Cuomo for his commitment to strengthening both industries, so the next generation of farmers and vintners may continue to build on these accomplishments."

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Under the guidance of Governor Cuomo, New York State's craft beverage industry is experiencing unprecedented growth, creating jobs and bringing new products to a growing market. Congratulations to all the winners of this year's Wine & Food Classic, and thanks to all of the participants for supporting statewide craft beverage production."

New York State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley said, "Craft beverage manufacturing is in the midst of a renaissance thanks Governor Cuomo's efforts to revitalize and transform the industry. As this competition demonstrates, the Governor's leadership has paved the way for incredible growth in the creation of high-quality wine, spirits and cider across the State. I congratulate all of today's winners, who not only produce world renowned craft beverages, but also contribute significantly to New York's economy."

The entries are awarded based on blind tastings by 21 expert judges­­ from across the country. Judges included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators. Judging panels determined the initial awards and top-scoring wines were then evaluated by all 21 judges for the Best of Category awards and the Governor's Cup. 

This year, a total of 81 Double Gold, 88 Gold, 454 Silver, and 241 Bronze medals were awarded. Double Gold medals require unanimity among the judging panel, whereas Gold medals require a majority vote.

The Governor also announced the following winners from the 2017 New York Wine & Food Classic competition:

The 'Best of Category' Winners:


Best Sparkling Wine

Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2014 Topaz Imperial, Méthode Champenoise

Best White Wine

Buttonwood Grove Winery 2016 Riesling

Best Blush or Rosé Wine

CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery Catawba

Best Red Wine

3 Brothers Wineries & Estates 2016 Zweigelt/Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Dessert Wine

Goose Watch Winery Classic Cream Sherry



The 'Best of Class' Winners:


Best Oaked Chardonnay

Osmote Wine 2014 Chardonnay

Best Unoaked Chardonnay

Martha Clara Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay

Best Gewürztraminer

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2016 Gewürztraminer

Best Dry Riesling

Lucas Vineyards 2015 Dry Riesling

Best Medium Dry Riesling

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2016 Riesling, Semi-Dry

Best Medium Sweet Riesling

Buttonwood Grove Winery 2016 Riesling

Best Sweet Riesling

Fox Run Vineyards 2014 Lot 11 Riesling, Lake Dana Vineyard

Best Overall Riesling

Buttonwood Grove Winery 2016 Riesling

Best Sauvignon Blanc

Paumanok Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

Best Pinot Grigio

Seneca Shore Cellars Pinot Grigio

Best Grüner Veltliner

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2016 Grüner Veltliner

Best Other Vinifera White Varietal

Kontokosta Winery 2016 Viognier

Best Vinifera White Blend

Bedell Cellars 2016 Taste White

Best Traminette

Johnson Estate Winery 2016 Traminette

Best Vignoles

Anthony Road Wine Company 2016 Vignoles

Best Cold Climate White Varietal

Weis Vineyards 2016 Heart of the Lake

Best Hybrid White

3 Brothers Wineries & Estates Nearly Naked

Best Diamond

Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2016 Diamond

Best Niagara

Chateau LaFayette Reneau Niagara Mist

Best Rosé

Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé

Best Blush

Owera Vineyards Cazenovia Blush

Best Catawba

CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery Catawba

Best Merlot

Damiani Wine Cellars 2012 Merlot Reserve

Best Pinot Noir

Martha Clara Vineyards 2015 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

Best Cabernet Franc

Fjord Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc

Best Syrah

Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery 2014 Syrah

Best Vinifera Red Blend

3 Brothers Wineries & Estates 2016 Zweigelt/Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Other Red Vinifera Varietal

Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2015 Malbec

Best Cold Climate Red Varietal

Tug Hill Vineyards 2015 Marquette

Best Hybrid Red

Stone Age Winery Reugeon de Chaunac

Best Fruit Wine

21 Brix Winery Raspberry

Best Cider

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyard Cider Tree with Citra Hops

Best Spirit

Finger Lakes Distilling Seneca Drums Gin

Best Port

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyard Light Port

Best Late Harvest

Wölffer Estate Vineyard 2014 Diosa Late Harvest

Best Ice Wine

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery 2015 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine

Best Vinifera Sparkling White

Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2012 Blanc de Blanc, Méthode Champenoise

Best Vinifera Sparkling Pink

Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2014 Topaz Imperial, Méthode Champenoise

Best Hybrid Sparkling White

J.R. Dill Winery Cayuga White Rise


A "Specialty Wine Champion" award recognizes consistent quality among the increasing number of wines made from fruits other than grapes, or honey. The 2017 winner was 21 Brix Winery Raspberry. A "Best Limited Production Wine" award, for wines produced with fewer than 100 cases, went to Barnstormer Winery 2016 Riesling N6679P.

Complete results of the 2017 Classic will be available here.

Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has led the effort to modernize New York's craft beverage industry and pave the way for unprecedented growth through new legislation, regulatory reforms, groundbreaking initiatives and promotional campaigns. Today, there are more than 1,000 licensed wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries across the State, a threefold increase over 2011. 

Contact the Governor's Press Office