Winning through the grapevine- Niagara College Teaching Winery captures four medals at All Canadian Wine Championships

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(Niagara College’s winning wines)

NC winemaker Gavin Robertson and the NC Teaching Winery recently brought home four medals from the 37th Annual All Canadian Wine Championships.

The NC Teaching Winery captured double gold for the 2013 Prodigy Icewine; gold for the 2012 Balance Brut Sparkling Wine; silver for the 2012 Meritage; and bronze for the 2013 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay.

“For the production team at the Teaching Winery these results show us where we’re doing a good job,” said Robertson. “It’s important to me that we’re producing great wines not just with specific grapes or in specific styles, but consistently across everything that we’re making.

“The students are actively working in the NC Teaching vineyard and cellar throughout the year on their own small batch projects and alongside the winemaking team and exposed to all of these different styles of winemaking,” added Robertson, “so the medals from the ACWC represent their success and suggest a bright future for Ontario winemaking.”

“This success increases our confidence level for when we graduate from this program and continue to work towards our long-term goals,” said Kalem Magny. Magny is a student and current team member of the Winery and Viticulture program at the College. “This achievement not only connects us to the national industry but truly speaks to the great winemaker of the program as well – and for that, we are proud and thankful to be a part of something much bigger.”

The competition for the 2017 ACWC took place June 5-8 in Prince Edward County. The competition drew a record number of 1407 entries this year from 224 wineries, meaderies and cideries. Entries were critiqued by a panel of 20 judges and 538 awards were granted- 136 from Ontario.

All of the award-winning wines are available at the NC Teaching Winery retail outlet at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre, which is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.

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