Chatham-Kent and Essex County wineries brought home 21 medals from the event, which organizers say is Canada’s oldest wine competition.
The competition had 1356 entries from 237 wineries, meaderies and cideries across Canada and was critiqued by a panel of 19 judges over three full days in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
The final medal tally for regional wineries was 7 Gold, 8 Silver, and 6 bronze for a total of 21 from 10 different wineries.
However, Early Acres Estate Winery in Chatham-Kent was the biggest winner with three gold medals and two bronze medals. Early Acres won gold for their 2013 Swirl It in the White Hybrid Blends category, for their 2009 Dark Quarters in the Red Hybrid Blends category and for their 2013 Sweet Nothing in the Grape Fortifieds & Other Dessert category. They also took home a bronze medal for 2013 Worth The Wait in the Riesling Off Dry category, and 2010 Red Affair in the Red Hybrid Blends category.
Early Acres is located in Chatham on Pioneer Line.
9494 Pioneer Line, Chatham, Ontario