The results are in from the annual Missouri Wine Competition, with Stone Hill Winery taking home top honors.
Last week, a panel of judges – including Feast publisher Catherine Neville – gathered in Columbia, Missouri, to taste 308 wines. Stone Hill, which is the oldest and most-awarded winery in the state, won the coveted Missouri Governor's Cup for its 2015 Norton.
"What an awesome honor to be awarded the Missouri Governor's Cup as well as the C.V. Riley Award again," Shaun Turnbull, a Stone Hill winemaker for the past 12 years, said in a release. "It's an amazing reward when all the hard work growing the grapes and making the wine is recognized like this."
The C.V. Riley Award goes to the best Norton produced in the state of Missouri. It's named for Missouri's first state appointed entomologist, who is said to have salvaged the French wine industry by discovering Missouri's pest-resistant rootstock.
Stone Hill's Norton was selected from the group of nine Best of Class winners:
- Dry White: Adam Puchta Winery - Dry Vignoles
- Semi-dry White: St. James Winery - Friendship School White
- Sweet White: Augusta Winery - 2016 Vignoles Estate Bottled
- Rosé: Stone Hill Winery - Rosé Montaigne
- Dry Red: Stone Hill Winery - 2015 Norton
- Sweet Red: Noboleis Vineyards - 2015 Ridgeview
- Fruit: Pirtle Winery - Blackberry Mead
- Dessert: Stone Hill Winery - Cream Sherry
- Late Harvest: Stone Hill Winery - 2013 Late Harvest Vignoles
For a full list of winners, click here.