Covert Farms Family Estate’s wine has gained international recognition.
The winery, located north of Oliver, brought home five gold medals and one silver for its 100 per cent organic estate grown and produced wines at the 9th annual International Organic Wine Award in Germany.
Competing against more than 1,000 organic wines from a record 28 countries, Covert Farms’ wines earned high marks in the growing international competition.
“This is the second year we have entered the competition and we are really proud of the results,” said Gene Covert, winemaker and co-proprietor of Covert Farms Family Estate with his wife Shelly.
“This competition allows us to be measured against organic wineries around the world at a time when the international wine community continues to increase production of organically grown and produced wines. To continue to be acknowledged at a high level as the competition grows is fantastic.”
Under the red wine category, Covert Farms received two gold medals for the 2015 Grand Reserve Pinot Noir and Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which were given 93 points and 92 points, respectively. The 2015 Grand Reserve Zinfandel was awarded 89 points and a silver medal under the red wine category.
The 2016 Pinot Blanc was awarded 91 points and a gold medal in the white wine category, while the Covert Farms Rosé, a blend of Pinot Noir and Merlot, was awarded 93 points and a gold in the rosé category. The Ancestral Pinot Noir, a petillant naturel or natural sparkling wine, was given 90 points and won gold in the sparkling wine category.
Covert Farms was the only Canadian winery to enter the competition, which uses a combination of expert judges and a sensory evaluation system known as the PAR system.