Cheers to Pennsylvania Wineries in the PA Governor’s Cup at the PA Farm Show

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Top PA Wines from Butler, Centre and Northampton Counties take home PA Governor Cup Award

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Jan. 4, 2014) – Pennsylvania’s finest wines were showcased today at the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

“This multi-billion dollar, family-friendly industry is growing in size and quality,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “All of this year’s wine entries received quality awards, an example of our vintners’ commitment to improving our wines.”

The show’s best wines in three categories received Governors Cup awards.

Tolino Vineyards of Bangor, Northampton County, took top honors with their Cabernet Franc, a dry red wine.

The 2010 vintage received Best of Show Dry Grape, Best Vinifera [Grape type] and Double Gold awards.
Seven Mountains Wine Cellars Winery of Spring Mills, Centre County, received Best of Show Sweet/Dessert Grape with its 2012 Ice Wine, a blend of three popular wines from Pennsylvania, which also received Double Gold honors.

Winfield of Cabot, Butler County, received Best of Show Fruit and a Double Gold award with its 2012 Blackberry wine.

Best of categories included:

  • Cassel Vineyards of Hershey, Dauphin County, received Best American and a Gold Award for its 2012 Blush
  • Greenhouse Winery of Rilton, Westmoreland County, won Best Hybrid and a Gold Award for its 2012 Traminette
  • Christian W. Klay Winery of Chalk Hill, Fayette County, won Best Sparkling and a Double Gold Award for its 2012 blend Lavender Mist.

Wines were judged prior to the show by Rutgers University staff in New Jersey, ensuring impartial evaluation by judges not associated with Pennsylvania’s wine industry.

As explained by Joseph A. Fiola, extension enologist for the University of Maryland, each wine is evaluated alongside wines of similar varietals, and all can attain the competition’s top quality award, Double Gold.
Farm Show Competitive Exhibits Manager James Sharp explained that the wines are judged on clarity, color, aroma, taste, balance and overall quality – all of which depend first on quality grapes.

“Winemakers across Pennsylvania emphasize quality,” says Jennifer Eckinger, director of the Pennsylvania Wine Association. “Many are enrolled in the Wine Quality Initiative, which provides standard sensory training. 
“The wine competition is an exciting opportunity for our state’s winemakers to compare their products,” she said. “With more than 150 wineries and 12 wine trails across the state, it’s easy to visit a winery and learn more about wine.”
More than 20 wineries will offer tastings and wines for purchase at the Pennsylvania Wine Association booth in the Farm Show’s Main Hall daily. To learn more about Pennsylvania’s wine and wineries, visit www.pennsylvaniawine.com.

See wine featured again at the Celebrity Great Grape Stomp Thursday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Farm Show Small Arena.

ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA WINERY ASSOCIATION
The Pennsylvania Winery Association is a trade association representing more than 100 member wineries and an advocate on behalf of the state’s growing multi-billion dollar wine industry. With some of the most fertile grape-growing land on the East Coast, Pennsylvania ranks fifth nationally in the amount of grapes grown, seventh in wine production, and seventh in the number of licensed wineries. The climate and sheer size of the state also allow for dozens of varietals to be grown. There are wineries in every region, and many of them are family-owned and -operated, continuing a centuries-old tradition that began in 1683 when William Penn planted the first vineyard in Philadelphia. Today, Pennsylvania’s wineries host events year-round, and most sell their vintages directly through their own tasting rooms. Most are also part of 12 organized wine trails that weave across the state—in fact, visitors to Pennsylvania are always within a 45-minute drive of a winery. To learn more about Pennsylvania wine or to plan your trip, visit PennsylvaniaWine.com.

ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and nearly 300 commercial exhibitors. The eight-day show is Jan. 4-11, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.