Six Mile Creek Vineyards has won the Governor’s Cup, the most esteemed award in the 34th Annual Wine Classic, for their Cabernet Franc from the Finger Lakes region, according to a press release. The classic is a nationally-recognized competition organized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Along with them, Wagner Vineyards from the Finger Lakes region was presented with the award for Winery of the Year. The Specialty Wine Champion award, which is reserved for wines made of fruit or meads, was given to Johnson Estate Winery of Westfield, New York for their Passionate Peach fruit wine. Six Mile Creek Vineyard Owner Mark Renodin is proud of the accomplishment and what it stands for.
"We here at Six Mile Creek Vineyard are very honored to have won the Governor's Cup,” Renodin said. “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."
John Wagner, the owner of Wagner Creek Vineyard, is proud to named Winery of the Year and sees it as the best way to cap off the season. The Governor’s Cup, shaped like a large silver chalice, recognizes the Best of Show entries in the New York Wine Classic. The award for Winery of the Year is presented to the winery that has the best overall showing based on the level and number of awards in relation to the entries. Both awards will be given to their respective winners at a special event later this summer. Governor Andrew Cuomo has found these awards reflect on the time spent on perfecting the wines of New York.
"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."
Considered to be “The Oscars” of New York State wine competitions, the New York Wine Classic is open to the 458 wineries scattered across the state. The competition took place during the last few days in Watkins Glen, NY. This year’s competition saw 883 entries from 113 wineries across the state. During this year’s competition, a total of 31 double gold, 56 gold, 287 silver, and 320 bronze medals were awarded by a panel of over 20 expert judges from around the state and globe. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is proud of New York State’s distinctive wineries.
"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," Hochul said. "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."
A complete list of results of the 2019 Classic are available on the New York Wines web page.