Belhurst Winery Wins Wine of the Year Award

Friday, September 10, 2010

GENEVA, NEW YORK — Belhurst Winery president Mr. Duane Reeder proudly announces winning the highest honor in the Indy International Wine Competition, the Wine of the Year 2010 for the Belhurst Semi-Dry Riesling 2009. In addition, the Competition awarded Belhurst Winery Best in Class for the Belhurst Gewurztraminer 2009 and Belhurst Semi-Dry Riesling 2009, for a total of 14 medals from this competition. Belhurst Winery has won 73 wine medals in 2010. The Indy International Wine Competition is the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States, the world's largest wine market.

Commercial wine entries were evaluated by distinguished judges consisting of wine writers and winemakers, winegrowers and enologists, chefs and sommeliers from Napa to New York, from Miami to Chicago. Belhurst Winery's winning entry was among nearly 2,700 wines in the competition. Wines from 15 countries as far away as France, Australia, Chile and Spain were judged on appearance, aroma, taste and aftertaste by 14 panels of judges. In all, 52 judges from the United States and Canada evaluated the entries.

“Fifteen countries entered a fascinating range of wines that represent an amazing diversity,” said Christian Butzke, associate professor in Purdue's Department of Food Science. “We are extremely pleased and proud to showcase our Semi-Dry Riesling, a wine which is a true hallmark of the Finger Lakes region,” said Duane Reeder. “Vintage after vintage, our Rieslings are a guest favorite.”

The Indy International Best in Show trophy is now on display in the Belhurst Wine & Gift Shop.

2010 Indy International Wine Competition Medals
Wine of the Year, Best of Class, Double Gold: Belhurst Semi-Dry Riesling 09 
Best of Class, Double Gold: Belhurst Gewurztraminer 09 
Double Gold: Belhurst Dry Riesling 09 
Gold Medal: Belhurst Tower Port 06 
Silver Medals: Red 09, Belhurst Cayuga 09, Belhurst Merlot 07, Belhurst Naturel Sparkling 
Bronze Medal: Belhurst Cabernet Franc 08, Belhurst Pinot Grigio 09, Belhurst Syrah 08

With a unique winery philosophy, the Belhurst 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. 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.

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. Belhurst is on the National Register of Historic Properties, has been voted One of the Most Romantic Places in NYS, has won sixteen 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 Wine Samples please call Deborah Drago-Leaf at 315-781-0201 x527.