Ohio Wineries Win Medals At Indy Competition

2018-08-09T10:12:45+00:00

INDIANAPOLIS — Several Ohio wines came away with medals from the recent Indy International Wine Competition here.

The big winner was Old Mason Winery & Vineyard, which won a double gold medal for its 2017 Niagara. The West Milton winery also won silver medals for its 2016 Natures Ink, 2016 Frontenac Marquette and 2017 Dark Rose.

Henke Winery of Cincinnati won five medals, including silver for 2016 Norton, 2017 Riesling, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, and a bronze for 2017 Vidal Blanc.

Breitenbach Wine Cellars of Dover won silver medals for Roadhouse Red, Riesling and Blackberry, and a bronze for First Crush, while Raven’s Glen Winery of West Lafayette took silver for Red Raven.

Two amateur winemakers from Ohio also won medals. Kent Eichenauer received a silver for his 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon and bronze 2016 Red Raspberry; Eichenauer is turning his hobby into a profession with the planned opening this fall of Dragonfly Vineyards & Winery in Urbana. Additionally, Richard Ness won a pair of bronze medals for 2017 Cherry and non-vintage Raspberry.

More than 1,700 wines from around the world — 1,500 from commerical vintners — were entered in this year’s 27th annual competition, hosted in early June by the Purdue Wine Grape Team.

Dakota Sun Gardens Winery from Carrington, N.C., was named Winery of the Year and a 2014 Malbec by Nodland Cellars in Spokane, Wash., won Wine of the Year. Additionally, Richard Batchelor of Maryhill Winery in Goldendale, Wash., was recognized as Winemaker of the Year and Hartland Winery in Ashley, Ind., won the Governor’s Cup, awarded to the best Indiana winery.