Belhurst Estate Winery Wins Best in Show

Thursday, June 11, 2009

GENEVA, NEW YORK - Belhurst Estate Winery president Mr. Duane Reeder proudly announces the Belhurst Semi-Dry Riesling 2008 has won Best In Show, Best in Category and a Double Gold Medal from the 2009 New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Additionally, the Belhurst Dry-Riesling 2008 won a Double Gold Medal, the Belhurst Pinot Grigio 2008 won a Silver Medal, and the Belhurst Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 won a Bronze medal. Belhurst Estate Winery has now won a total of 103 Wine Competition Medals - 25 of which were won in 2009.

This year the New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition received over 400 entries from wineries across New York State. The Competition has named the Belhurst Semi-Dry Riesling 2008 as its New York State Fair Blue Ribbon Wine.  This wine, along with the other top award-winning wines, will be prominently displayed at the New York State Fair for approximately 1,000,000 fairgoers to see in the Horticulture Building.

"We are honored to win Best in Show, Best in Category and now two Double Golds for our Semi-Dry Riesling. It is a great tribute to this grape and this region," said Duane Reeder. "The Finger Lakes wineries are internationally acclaimed for the Rieslings we produce. Belhurst is extremely proud to offer all our award-winning wines at Belhurst Estate Winery."

With a unique winery philosophy, the Belhurst Estate Winery includes a committee of experts who carefully seek fruit, vineyards, wine varieties and winemakers who will contribute to the palette of wines sold by Belhurst Estate Winery.  The committee continually collaborates with area winemakers to produce consistently high quality wines which quickly become Finger Lakes favorites. All Belhurst wines are available for tasting and purchase in the Belhurst Wine & Gift Shop on the shores of Seneca Lake, and for purchase on our website at

Known for its charm, unique architecture, and stunning lake views, the Belhurst properties include Belhurst Castle, originally built in 1885; White Springs Manor, originally built around 1900; and The Vinifera Inn which opened in 2004.  The Reeder family acquired the Castle in 1992 with the dream of offering Finger Lakes visitors the unique beauty, luxury and romance of historical legend. Belhurst Esate Winery offers truly unique wines and has won over 100 wine medals in competitions.  Belhurst is on the National Register of Historic Properties, has been voted One of the Most Romantic Places in NYS, has won fifteen Awards of Excellence in the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards Program, and continues to be one of the most beloved destinations in the Finger Lakes.

To Receive Belhurst Estate Wine Samples please call Deborah Drago-Leaf  at 315-781-0201 x527.