Accolades pour in for Niagara College Teaching Winery

The Niagara College Teaching Winery is in the spotlight this month after receiving an international wine award and recognition as one of the country’s leading wineries.

Niagara College Teaching Winery stood out as a winner at the 2012 InterVin International Wine Awards. Its 2010 Dean’s List Chardonnay was selected as the Best White and among the highest scorers of the competition. It was among 52 wines that won gold medals, selected from a lineup of more than 1,200 wines by a panel of distinguished sommeliers, wine writers and winemakers. The event was held at White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake and winners were announced on Oct. 23.

“In a competition where nearly 50% of the entries didn’t reach the podium, winning an InterVin gold medal isn’t an easy feat,” said Christopher Waters, editor of Vines magazine and head judge of the awards. “Our judges looked for wines that showcased outstanding character and complexity with impeccable international harmony.”

The NC Teaching Winery was also recently announced as one of the Top 25 wineries in Canada in Wine Access Magazine’s Canadian Wine Awards Winery Performance report. The NCTW was named number 18, applauded for its excellent range of wines and its research as a key component.

Dean of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute Jon Ogryzlo said he was very proud of the accomplishments of the NC Teaching Winery, which not only produces outstanding commercial wines but is vital teaching facility at the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute.

“As we enter our 10th year as Canada’s first and only commercial Teaching Winery, the work of our students and staff is still gaining national acclaim,” said Ogryzlo. “We look forward to another decade of producing highly-skilled graduates and expanding our research programs to contribute to the continuing successes of Canada’s burgeoning wine industry.”

This month, the Niagara College Teaching Winery will mark its 10-year milestone with a weekend of events from Nov. 16-19 to celebrate the success of alumni and the ongoing commitment to excellence. On Nov. 16, it will hold a winemaker’s dinner in the barrel cellar, hosted by College winemakers Terence van Rooyen, Jim Warren and Gavin Robertson. The NCTW will also celebrate between Nov. 16 and 19 featuring special tastings and food-wine pairings.

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