INDY Wine Competition held at Purdue

The INDY International Wine Competition has been organized by the Purdue Wine Grape Team since 1992, making it the oldest and largest independent and scientifically organized wine judging in the country.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Several Indiana wineries won top honors at the INDY International Wine Competition, held recently at Purdue University.

The Indiana Winery of the Year award was given to Satek Winery in Fremont.

Brown County Winery won the Rosé Wine of the Year award for their Vista rose wine.

Creekbend Vineyards earned Dessert Wine of the Year for their Vidal Blanc Ice Wine.

Daniel’s Vineyard won Label of the Year for ‘The Riveter’ Rosé. The winery also won the Farm Winery of the Year, an award for wineries producing less than 50,000 gallons annually.

Butler Winery won an award for its traminette, Indiana’s signature wine.

Awards were presented to winemakers in over 70 categories, competing for Best of Class medals, with additional awards going to the Best of the Best.

Wines can receive one of four distinctions: bronze, silver, gold and double gold, with the winners in each class competing for trophies.

The competition is the largest independently organized wine competition in the United States.

“It’s unique to have a competition based at a university,” said Jill Blume, executive director of INDY International, Purdue enology specialist and member of the Purdue Wine Grape Team.

“Although there has been an increase in wine competitions over the last 15 years, particularly for charity auctions, we have stayed independent. We concentrate on judging and promoting quality wines, not gaining revenue.”

Judges included scientists, winemakers, chefs, retailers, writers and other experts.

Learn more about the competition at www.indyinternational.org.

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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