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The Illinois State Fair Wine Competition is held annually in June. Judging is based on color, balance, aroma, clarity, taste and finish. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded based on the scores received by the judges. All Double Gold and Gold medal winners compete for the “Best of Show” designation as well as other top awards.

2016 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition Results


Best of Show – Commercial Division:Winners (2)
Willow Ridge Vineyards & WineryChambourcin 2014

Governor’s Cup for Illinois-Grown Fruit:
Red Table Wine: Blue Sky Vineyard, Cabernet Franc 2014
White Table Wine:  Alto Vineyards, Vignoles 2015
Blush/Rosé Wine: Illinois Sparkling Co., Dollface Rosé
Fruit Wine: Galena Cellars, Mead/Honey Wine 2015
Dessert Wine: Pomona Winery, Strawberry Dessert Wine 2015

Top Awards for Wines from any Appellation:
Red Table Wine: Vigneto del Bino, Sweet Frontenac
White Table Wine: Prairie State Winery, Kishwaukee Blue 2015
Fruit Wine:  Galena Cellars, Peach Wine 2015

Amateur Division:
Best of Show – Grape Wine:  Gerald Podraza, An Affair to Remember 2013
Best of Show – Non-Grape Wine: Ryan Zeigler, Sassafrass 2015

2016 Complete Results

 

2015 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition Results


Best of Show – Commercial Division:2015 winners
Illinois Sparkling Co., Franken’s

Governor’s Cup for Illinois-Grown Fruit:
Red Table Wine: Blue Sky Vineyard, Cabernet Franc 2012
White Table Wine: Acquaviva Winery, Bianco Bello 2013
Blush/Rosé Wine: August Hill Winery, White Chambourcin 2014
Fruit Wine: Spirit Knob Winery, Just Peachy 2014
Dessert Wine: Blue Sky Vineyard, Shawnee Cream 2013

Top Awards for Wines from any Appellation:
Red Table Wine: Kite Hill Vineyards, Chambourcin 2011
White Table Wine: Illinois Sparkling Co., I.S.C. Brut
Fruit Wine: August Hill Winery, Augie’s Blackberry 2014

Amateur Division:
Best of Show – Red Wine: Larry Jackson, Cabernet Franc 2010
Best of Show – White Wine: K. Weibel, S. Freeman, and E. Strenski; Gypsy
Best of Show of Show – Fruit Wine: Art Willman, Cherry 2014

2015 Complete Results

 

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