The results are in from the 2019 Missouri Wine Competition and for the third year in a row, Stone Hill Winery was awarded the Governor's Cup for the "Best Wine in Missouri.” Stone Hill Winery also brought home the C.V. Riley Award for the "Best Norton Wine in Missouri.”
The coveted Governor's Cup went to Stone Hill's 2017 Chambourcin which also won “Best of Class Dry Red” and a gold medal. The prestigious C.V. Riley Award went to Stone Hill's 2017 Estate Bottled Norton. According to Stone Hill Winery spokesperson Haley Kleven, Stone Hill Winery has been a consistent winner at the Missouri Wine Competition having won the Governor's Cup seven times of the past ten years.
The C.V. Riley Award was initiated in 2011 to recognize the best wine made from Norton, the official State Grape of Missouri. It is named in honor of the first Missouri State Entomologist, C.V. Riley, who in the 1880's identified the insect pest Phylloxera and helped save the French grape industry. Stone Hill Winery has been awarded the C.V. Riley Award five times in the eight year history of this Award.
"It's an incredible honor to win the 2019 Missouri Governor's Cup for our 2017 Chambourcin and the C.V. Riley Award for our 2017 Estate Bottled Norton,” said Jon Held, President and Owner of Stone Hill Winery. “My goal has always been to produce the highest quality wines possible from our Missouri grown grapes.”
Mr. Held said Stone Hill’s vineyard and winemaking teams have been consistent with producing great wine year after year.
“I’m very proud of the teams' effort,” he added. “Once again they deserve all the credit for this great honor.”
The Missouri Wine Competition is a premier competition designed to recognize and promote high quality wines made in the state. During the course of the two-day competition, which wrapped up on July 19, 10 judges tasted over 280 wines before awarding the Governor's Cup honors to Stone Hill Winery. Throughout the course of the competition, they granted 48 gold medals, 110 silver medals and 89 bronze medals. Thirty-two wineries participated in this year's competition.
"This competition truly showcases the top wines in Missouri," says Jim Anderson, Executive Director of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board. "More than 240 medals were awarded at this year's competition which is a direct reflection of the quality of wines Missouri is producing."
Stone Hill Winery captured four awards in the "13 Best of Class Honors" category including; “Best Sparkling” for Brut Rosé, “Best Sweet White” for Moscato, “Best Dry Red” for 2017 Chambourcin and “Best Fruit” for peach wine. Stone Hill Winery won a total of 42 awards—12 gold medals, 17 silver medals and 13 bronze medals.
"It is very exciting that our 2017 Chambourcin walked away with the Governor's Cup this year,” said Shaun Turnbull, head winemaker at Stone Hill Winery.
“I’ve been making wine in Missouri for 14 years now and my opinion on the 2017 vintage is that is the best wine I've experienced. The results from the competition confirms that—it nods to all the dedication and hard work we put into making our wines.”
Stone Hill Winery was proudly established in 1847 and now continues in the hands of the next generation.