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NOTL vintners win big at provincial wine awards
Herbert Konzelmann was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to fine wine. (Supplied)

Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries scored a decisive victory for homegrown wine, sweeping up 41 medals at this year’s Ontario Wine Awards.

Fifteen NOTL wineries — all members of the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake association — took home 11 gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze medals across 23 award categories.

The winning bottles were revealed last Thursday during an awards ceremony at Niagara College.

Trius Winery and Peller Estates both took home Vines Magazine Best Wine of the Year awards, with Trius’ 2016 Showcase Red Shale Cabernet Franc winning best red wine, and Peller Estates’ 2016 Andrew Peller signature series riesling winning best white.

Konzelmann Estate Winery took home the most medals with a total of six, including two gold for its 2016 Meritage Reserve and 2017 Lakefront Series Pinot Blanc.

The winery’s founder and winemaker Herbert Konzelmann was also awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his exceptional service and outstanding contribution to the Ontario wine industry.

Andrew Niven, chair of the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake association, said, “It’s wonderful to see the achievements of our Niagara-on-the-Lake winemakers. Together as an industry we celebrate the hard work, vision and passion that our winemakers exude on a daily basis.”

“Complemented by our fine wines, unique terroir and unforgettable experiences, the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake have truly evolved into a world class destination,” he said in a news release. 

The Ontario Wine Awards competition was founded in 1995 by wine critic Tony Aspler. This year marked the contest’s 25th anniversary, with a record participation of 78 wineries and 542 Ontario VQA wines.

A complete list of this year’s award winners can be found at: