Swedish Hill Tops Off 2014 with Record Breaking 68 Gold Medals

Swedish Hill Winery has been known as one of the top award-winning wineries of the Finger Lakes, and this year it did not disappoint. Winning 68 gold medals from 21 different esteemed competitions across the country, in addition to being awarded “Best Winery” at the New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, is an all time record for the winery.

Rieslings MedalsThe 2014 competition year finished off strong bringing home six final gold medals between two competition in November, the Jefferson Cup Invitational (MO) and the Grand Harvest (CA). At the Jefferson Cup Swedish Hill was honored with a double gold medal for the 2013 Riesling and a gold for the 2013 Dry Riesling. California’s Grand Harvest awarded a double gold medal for Swedish Hill’s 2013 Vidal Blanc and gold medals for the 2013 Blue Waters Riesling, 2013 Blue Waters Gewürztraminer, and for the sparkling Riesling Cuvée.

Of the 68 gold medals Swedish Hill was awarded this past year, 16 of them were double gold medals, three “Best of Class” honors and one platinum award across an impressive 20 different wine products. The top winners in 2014 were the 2012 Dry Riesling and 2012 Riesling who each won six gold medals each in 2014, together accumulating 23 gold medals since 2013.

Some of the highlights from last year’s competitions include winning six gold medals at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle, three of which were “Best of Class” in their categories; another six gold medals at the Florida State International with four them ranked double gold; and the recognition as “Best Winery” for the second consecutive year with five double gold medals at the Great New York State Fair.

“We had our largest gold medal total ever in 2014, which is a tribute to our vineyard and winery team’s efforts to push the envelope in terms of achieving higher quality with each vintage,” commented Swedish Hill’s Owner, Dave Peterson, when reflecting on these accomplishments. “While the ever famous Rieslings and sparkling wines were the biggest winners, each year our dry reds win more top awards, even in the larger national and international competitions. The Finger Lakes certainly has achieved a place among the very best wine producing regions in the world, and is now arguably one of the top cool climate regions in the world.”

Swedish Hill Winery produces all of its wines at its Romulus, NY facility that was founded and remains in operation by the Peterson Family. Their Romulus location features a tasting room and gift shop that is open year round for visitors to experience their wines. Customers can also taste Swedish Hill wines at two separate tasting rooms located in Saratoga Springs and Lake Placid, NY.

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