Niagara College has a new reason to boast about its wines, after taking home a double gold for its 2019 Balance Sauvignon Blanc at the All Canadian Wine Championships.
Created by college winemaker Gavin Robertson and students in the winery and viticulture program, the white wine was up against 1,365 vintages from 217 Canadian wineries.
It's the first double gold for a Niagara College Sauvignon Blanc.
The college also took home gold for its 2019 Balance Muscat, a silver for the 2019 Dean's List Savant red icewine and a silver for its 2018 Balance Gamay Noir.
The winning wines aren't produced every year, which makes the results particularly notable, Robertson said. The Balance Gamay Noir is the second Gamay vintage produced by the program.
“That’s satisfying. I’ve been the winemaker here since 2014 and I feel like I’m finally getting my head wrapped around certain grapes,” said Robertson, who graduated from the college's wine program in 2011.
This isn't the first year the college has brought home accolades for its wine.
“The competition results from Niagara College consistently show the calibre of the teaching staff and the talent of its students,” said Bev Carnahan, director of the All Canadian Wine Championships.
“Year to year, the college comes away with a fistful of medals and on occasion, a trophy. Their Balance Brut is not to be missed.”