Among the top wines chosen for the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in BC Wines, Oliver and Osoyoos vintners are sharing accolades.
“The outstanding quality of wines in British Columbia impresses our wine judges each year and makes the selection increasingly difficult,” said Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon. “This year’s winners represent the best of the exceptional wines from our province.”
This year was the largest competition in the 11-year history of the awards, with 402 wines submitted from 109 wineries across the province.
The winners are:
Pinot Noir 2010
– Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Cabernet Franc 2010
– Hester Creek Estate Winery
Block 3 Reserve Cabernet Franc 2010
– Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards Winery
Riesling Icewine 2011
– Calona Vineyards
Artist Series Pinot Noir 2011
– Church & State Wines
Coyote Bowl Syrah 2010
– Eau Vivre Winery
Pinot Noir 2010
– Red Rooster Winery
Reserve Syrah 2010
-Stag’s Hollow Winery
Cachet No. 03 Limited Edition 2010
– Synchromesh Wines
Storm Haven Vineyard Riesling 2011
– Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery
Mystic River Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2012
Guichon will visit the winning wineries from July 24-26 to present the awards.
Tim Martiniuk, president of the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association, said the awards represent one of the best and most prestigious for BC wineries.
“The fact that so many wines from the Oliver Osoyoos area won out against the other 390-odd competitors affirms that our region is producing top notch wines, and it’s something we’re really proud of.”
Martiniuk, general manager of Stoneboat Vineyards, said some of the best wines in the world are grown in Oliver and Osoyoos. “I wouldn’t say I’m shocked this year, but the results are pretty exciting considering there are fantastic, world-class wines grown all over BC.”