Niagara College Teaching Winery harvests four medals at InterVin

Niagara College Teaching Winery picked up a silver medal for its 2013 Sauvignon Blanc at InterVin 2015.

Niagara College Teaching Winery picked up a silver medal for its 2013 Sauvignon Blanc at InterVin 2015.

Niagara College wines are standing out among the world’s best, after being awarded four medals at the 2015 InterVin International Wine Awards.

Judged by a prestigious group of Canadian sommeliers, winemakers and educators seeking the best wines from across the globe, the Niagara College Teaching Winery picked up a silver medal for its 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, as well as three bronze medals for its 2014 College Rose, 2013 Balance Pinot Noir, and 2012 Dean’s List Merlot.

“We feel a sense of pride when students and our winemaker – who is also a graduate – can show the world that there are high quality wines being made in Niagara,” said Steve Gill, general manager of the Niagara College Learning Enterprises Corporation. “It is a testament to the passion that we have for wine education and the pride we have for supplying high quality trained people to the industry.”

Winemaker Gavin Robertson, who graduated from the College’s Winery and Viticulture Technician program in 2011, noted that all four wines that earned medals at InterVin also won awards earlier this year. The 2012 Dean’s List Merlot won Best in Show at the Royal Wine Fair in September. In August, the 2013 Balance Pinot Noir was announced as a gold medal winner at the National Wine Awards of Canada. The 2014 College Rose won a silver medal at the Royal Wine Fair as well as a bronze at the National Wine Awards of Canada. The 2013 Balance Sauvignon Blanc earned a silver medal at the Ontario Wine Awards last spring.

“It’s great to see that may of our wines are medalling in more than one competition because it means that a wide variety of judges on different tasting panels formed a consensus on the quality of our wines,” said Robertson. “Consistency is key in commercial winemaking – a lesson we teach our students – and this is a good indicator that the production methods we use at the Teaching Winery and in the Teaching Vineyard are working.”

The InterVin International Wine Awards aim to recognize and celebrate the very best wines available to Canadian consumers. Entries were judged at White Oaks Resort and Spa in August and winners were posted on the competition website earlier this month. Finalists were also featured in a special InterVin Awards issue of Vines Magazine. For details about the competition visit

The Canadian Food and Wine Institute, located on Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, is the College’s centre for food wine and beer education. In addition to Benchmark Restaurant, it features on-campus learning enterprises including the NC Teaching Winery – Canada’s first and only commercial teaching winery – and the NC Teaching Brewery – also the first of its kind in Canada. The CFWI is also home to the reigning Junior Culinary Team Canada, comprised of students and recent graduates who, in 2013, won the right to represent Canada at international competitions for three years, up to and including the 2016 World Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit
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