August 7, 2019
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Congratulates Winners of the 2019 New York Wine Classic

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34th Annual Competition Spotlights World-Class New York Wines


Awards Governor's Cup to Six Mile Creek Vineyard


Wagner Vineyards Named Winery of the Year


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the winners of the 34th annual New York Wine Classic, a nationally recognized competition organized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation highlighting the best of New York's wine. This year, the Governor's Cup, the most esteemed award given at the Classic, was presented to Six Mile Creek Vineyard's 2016 Cabernet Franc from the Finger Lakes region. In addition, Wagner Vineyards from the Finger Lakes region was presented with the 'Winery of the Year' award. The Specialty Wine Champion award, reserved for wines made fruit or meads, was given to Johnson Estate Winery for their Passionate Peach fruit wine.


"The winners of the New York Wine Classic represent the very best of New York's wineries and the innovation and high-quality production that goes into making these award-winning wines cannot be understated," Governor Cuomo said.  "New York is proud to support these wineries and grape growers for their accomplishments, and they are a critical component of our tourism and agricultural industries in New York. We're excited to welcome wine lovers everywhere to New York State so that they can experience our wines for themselves."


"New York is home to some of the best wineries, and the New York Wine Classic highlights the great beverages our local producers have to offer," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Through the state's investment in the industry, we are committed to ensuring that producers and wineries have the support to continue to grow and succeed."


The Governor's Cup, a large silver chalice, recognizes the "Best of Show" or top prize of all entries in the New York Wine Classic. The "Winery of the Year" award is presented to the winery with the best overall showing based on the level and number of awards in relation to entries. The Governor's Cup and Winery of the Year winners will be presented with their awards at a special event later this summer.


Known as "The Oscars" of New York wine competitions, the New York Wine Classic is open to the more than 458 wineries across the state.  The wine competition took place over the last three days in Watkins Glen, NY and included 883 entries from 113 wineries from across the state. A total of 31 Double Gold, 56 Gold, 287 Silver, and 320 Bronze medals were awarded by a panel of more than 20 expert judges from around the state and globe.


Samuel Filler, Executive Director of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, said, "The New York Wine Classic is one of our largest annual events honoring the best of New York Wines. We are thrilled with the turnout this year. The Classic and our annual NY Drinks NY event continue to help New York shine as a truly exciting and innovative wine region."


The Governor also announced the following "Best of Category" and "Best of Class" winners for wine:


"Best of Category" winners:


Best Sparkling Wine

Harbes Vineyard, Blanc de Blancs


Best White Wine

Wagner Vineyards, 2017 Dry Riesling, Estate Grown


Best Rosé Wine

Coffee Pot Cellars, 2018 Rosé


Best Red Wine

Six Mile Creek Vineyard, 2016 Cabernet Franc


Best Dessert Wine

Vineyard View Winery, 2017 Ice Wine


"Best of Class" awards go to Double Gold or Gold medal wines in classes of at least seven wines:


Best Oaked Chardonnay

Lieb Cellars, 2018 Chardonnay


Best Unoaked Chardonnay

Toro Run Winery, 2018 Chardonnay, Estate Grown


Best Overall Chardonnay

Lieb Cellars, 2018 Chardonnay


Best Gewurztraminer

Sheldrake Point Winery, 2017 Gewurztraminer, Estate Grown


Best Dry Riesling

Wagner Vineyards, 2017 Dry Riesling, Estate Grown


Best Medium Dry Riesling

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, 2015 Riesling


Best Medium Sweet Riesling

Anthony Road Wine Company, 2015 Riesling


Best Overall Riesling

Wagner Vineyards, 2017 Dry Riesling, Estate Grown


Best Pinot Gris

The Lenz Winery, 2015 Pinot Gris


Best Sauvignon Blanc

Hosmer Winery, 2018 Sauvignon Blanc


Best Other Hybrid White Varietal

Deer Run Winery, Aromella


Best Other Native White Varietal

Lakewood Vineyards, 2018 Niagara


Best Rosé

Coffee Pot Cellars, 2018 Rosé


Best Cabernet Sauvignon

The Lenz Winery, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon


Best Merlot

Clovis Point, 2015 Vintners Select Merlot


Best Cabernet Franc

Six Mile Creek Vineyard, 2016 Cabernet Franc


Best Marquette

Victory View Vineyard, 2015 Independence


Best Syrah

Harbes Vineyard, 2015 Syrah


Best Red Vinifera Blend

Osprey's Dominion Vineyards, 2013 Flight Meritage, Estate Grown


Best Other Red Vinifera Varietal

Clovis Point, 2017 Petit Verdot


Best Other Red Hybrid Varietal

Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms, 2018 Quaker Red Rougeon


Best Red Blend (Non-Vinifera)

Montezuma Winery, NV Canvasback Red


Best Late Harvest

Colloca Estate Winery, 2017 Dolce Riesling Lake Effect Vineyard ®


Best Ice Wine

Vineyard View Winery, 2017 Ice Wine


Best Traditional Method Sparkling

Harbes Vineyard, Blanc de Blancs


Best Forced Carbonation Method Sparkling

Tug Hill Vineyards, 2018 Bubbly Blush


Best Fortified Wine

Anyela's Vineyards, 2009 Final Approach


Best Fruit Wine

Johnson Estate Winery LLC, Passionate Peach


New York State Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "Congratulations to all of the winners and participants of the New York Wine Classic. This esteemed annual competition shines the spotlight on the State's growing number of world-class wineries and our agricultural community that produces the ingredients used to create these unique varietals.  Governor Cuomo's support of our wine industry has allowed for the continued production of some of the best products available in today's marketplace."


Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "New York State's world-class wines and wineries are perfect for visitors looking to plan a craft beverage getaway and see firsthand how this booming industry is creating jobs and supporting regional economies. Congratulations to all of this year's winners."


New York State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley said, "The New York Wine Classic competition further demonstrates Governor Cuomo's continuing commitment to supporting and promoting New York's thriving wine industry.  I congratulate all of today's winners, who are manufacturing world class wines and generating an enormous economic impact in communities across our state."


Six Mile Creek Vineyard Owner Mark Renodin said, "We here at Six Mile Creek Vineyard are very honored to have won the Governor's Cup. When my wife Amy and I took over Six Mile Creek four years ago it was with a passion for wine and the Finger Lakes in general. For us this an acknowledgment of our goal to produce great wine. We want to thank our winemaker, Paul King, and all of our staff that helped make this possible."


Wagner Vineyards Owner John Wagner said, "We are extremely proud to receive the honor of Winery of the Year at this year's New York Wine Classic. Our team has worked tirelessly to strive for excellence for 40 years now - what a way to cap off a season of celebration at Wagner Vineyards!"


A complete list of results of the 2019 Classic are available here.


Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has led the effort to grow New York's craft beverage industry and pave the way for unprecedented growth through new legislation, regulatory reform, groundbreaking initiatives and promotional campaigns. Today, there are 458 licensed wineries across the State, including 361 farm wineries. 

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