Kentucky Wines Earn Medals in Indiana International Competition

July 14, 2009

Thirty Kentucky wines from eight Kentucky wineries received medals at the Indy International Wine Competition.

Indy International is one of the nation’s largest wine competitions with 3,066 wines from 10 countries judged in the 18th edition of the annual event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Seventy-two judges reviewed approximately 120 wines a day for three days in late June based on appearance, aroma, taste and aftertaste.

Wight-Meyer Vineyard and Winery in Shepherdsville and Acres of Land Winery in Richmond won Best of Class awards for their Diamond and Concord wines, respectively. Wight-Meyer also was Kentucky’s leading medal winner with nine.

Kentucky wineries were awarded eight gold medals. Wight-Meyer took home three golds for its Diamond, Concord and Diamond/Concord Rosé wines. Acres of Land received one of only 74 double gold medals awarded in the commercial competition for its Concord.

Other gold medal winners from Kentucky were: Concord from Elk Creek Vineyards in Owenton and Purple Toad Winery in Paducah; Tempranillo from Jean Farris Winery and Bistro in Lexington, and Chambourcin from Wildside Winery in Versailles.

Kentucky wineries won six silver medals. Wight-Meyer received three silvers for its Traminette, Riesling and Norton wines. The other three silvers went to Mead wine made from honey from River Valley Winery in Carrollton, Vidal Blanc from Chrisman Mill Vineyards and Winery in Nicholasville, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Wildside.

Acres of Land took home four of Kentucky’s 16 bronze medals for its Vidal Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé Blend and Chambourcin wines. The other 12 bronzes went to: Wight-Meyer’s Vignoles, Chambourcin and Blueberry; Elk Creek’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese; Chrisman Mill’s Chambourcin and Rosé; Jean Farris’ Cabernet Sauvignon and Chambourcin; River Valley’s Shiraz; and Wildside’s Cabernet Franc.

Five amateur winemakers from Kentucky were awarded 13 medals, including two double golds by Ed and Sharon Whitworth of Taylorsville for their mix berries and strawberry dessert wines. Their cranberry wine won gold.

The Whitworths’ cherry and Zinfandel wines won two of Kentucky’s six silver medals. Michael and Joyce Willman of Jeffersontown also received two silvers for their Catawba and Sevval Blanc varieties. Zinfandel from Russell Thacker of Burlington and Petite Sirah from Jerry Mattingly of Louisville also earned silvers.

Kentucky’s four bronze medals went to Pinot Noir from heryll Frank of Georgetown, cherry and Niagara from the Willmans, and Chablis from the Whitworths.

For a complete listing of 2009 Indy International award-winning wines and wineries, visit

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