Traverse City Wineries Garner 57 International Awards, Three Top Medals

The 2022 TEXSOM International Wine Competition has bestowed 57 awards to 14 Traverse City area wineries, including three that won the top Judges’ Selection Award.
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Ciccone Vineyard & Winery in Traverse City won the platinum medal at The 2022 TEXSOM International Wine Competition. // Courtesy of Ciccone Vineyard & Winery
Ciccone Vineyard & Winery in Traverse City won the platinum medal at The 2022 TEXSOM International Wine Competition. // Courtesy of Ciccone Vineyard & Winery

The 2022 TEXSOM International Wine Competition has bestowed 57 awards to 14 Traverse City area wineries, including three that won the top Judges’ Selection Award.

Based out of Texas, the TEXSOM Awards received more than 2,000 entries from 24 countries that included France, Italy, and Argentina. Entries were presented to 40 judges in blind taste tests.

“With our unique soil conditions, lake effect, and micro-climate we are again proving that the Traverse Wine Coast region, comprised of Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas, are producing some of the finest wines in the country,” says Sherri Campbell-Fenton, president of Traverse Wine Coast.

“We consistently put our wines up against the top wine growing regions in the world and walk away with incredible accolades. To see Traverse Wine Coast take the top honors for the best Michigan Red, best Michigan White, and Riesling Varietal is very exciting.”

Fewer than 5 percent of the entered wines received the highest Judge’s Selection award. Locally, Boathouse Vineyards captured that category with a Northern Lights Riesling Sweet, French Valley Vineyard won with a Cabernet Franc, and Good Harbor Vineyards won with a Blanc de Blanc Dry David’s Vineyard.

“Skilled craftspeople are creating these award-winning wines,” says Trevor Tkach, president of Traverse City Tourism. “They enhance the Traverse City experience and create a remarkable environment. People come to enjoy a sip of wine and look out over some of the most remarkable scenery in the country.”

Winners include:

AmoritasMary’s Folly White Field BlendSilver Medal
 RieslingSilver Medal
 Mary’s Folly Field Blend Sparkling RoseSilver Medal
 Fascinator Dry MuscatSilver Medal
 ChardonnayBronze Medal
Aurora CellarsRieslingPlatinum Medal
 Riesling DrySilver Medal
 BlaufrankishSilver Medal
 RadianceBronze Medal
 Gruner VeltlinerBronze Medal
 LuminousBronze Medal
Bel LagoChardonnay DrySilver Medal
 GewurztraminerSilver Medal
 BlaufrankishBronze Medal
Black Star FarmsArcturos Pinot Noir BlancBronze Medal
 Arcturos Pinot NoirBronze Medal
Blustone VineyardsBlu Sparkling RieslingSilver Medal
 Pinot Grigio RossoSilver Medal
 Rose Cabernet FrancSilver Medal
 ChardonnayBronze Medal
Boathouse VineyardNorthern Lights Riesling SweetJudges’ Selection Medal
 Dry Dock RieslingPlatinum Medal
 Seas the DayGold Medal
 Knot too Sweet RieslingBronze Medal
Chateau ChantalPinot GrigioSilver Medal
 Amour Rose SweetBronze Medal
 Riesling Proprietor’s ReserveBronze Medal
 Riesling Late HarvestBronze Medal
 Pinot Gris Proprietor’s ReserveBronze Medal
 Trio Proprietor’s ReserveBronze Medal
Ciccone Vineyard & WineryTramontoPlatinum Medal
 Lee LaTageSilver Medal
 DolcettoSilver Medal
 Pinot NoirSilver Medal
 GewurztraminerBronze Medal
French ValleyCabernet FrancJudges’ Selection Medal
Good Harbor VineyardsBlanc de Blanc Dry David’s VineyardJudges’ Selection Medal
 Zweigelt DrySilver Medal
 Brut Norah’s VineyardSilver Medal
 Riesling Late HarvestSilver Medal
 Albarino DrySilver Medal
 Pinot Grigio DrySilver Medal
 Pinot Noir-ZweigeltSilver Medal
 Pinot Blanc DryBronze Medal
 Chardonnay Dry UnoakedBronze Medal
 Rose Pinot Noir DryBronze Medal
Mari VineyardsSauvignon BlancPlatinum Medal
 ProserpinaSilver Medal
 Stuckfass RieslingBronze Medal
 Simplicissimus Sparkling RieslingBronze Medal
Rove EstateChardonnay UnoakedBronze Medal
 RieslingBronze Medal
Soul SqueezeBetter Angel Gruner VeltlinerSilver Medal
 U&I Chardonnay Barrel AgedSilver Medal
 U&I ChardonnayBronze Medal
Verterra WineryRiesling Dry Kulpa VineyardSilver Medal
 Pinot BlancSilver Medal

Located on the 45th parallel of northern Michigan, the Traverse Wine Coast boasts two unique peninsulas that create optimal conditions for winemaking.

The microclimates of the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas help prevent pre-budding of the vines in early spring due to colder water temperatures, which keeps the air cooler. Conversely in the late summer, warmer water temperatures extend the growing season.

Traverse Wine Coast is a collaborative agreement with more than 40 wineries dedicated to the promotion of the wine industry in the region. The wineries of Traverse Wine Coast produce about 55-percent of Michigan wines.

TEXSOM has been judging wines for more than 30 years. More information about the awards is available here.

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