Alto Red Wine

A server from Alto Vineyards pours samples during a Shawnee Hills Wine Trail event in 2015.

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The wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail are adding a little more hardware to their trophy cases this year.  

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail members brought home six double gold awards, including three Governor’s Cups, from this year's Illinois Wine Competition.  

For the second year in a row, Pomona Winery’s Strawberry Dessert Wine brought home a Governor’s Cup. Hickory Ridge Vineyard’s Norton and Blue Sky Vineyard’s Rose also received the distinguished Governor’s Cup awards in their class.

Other awards include double gold medals for Alto Vineyards' Vignoles and Blue Sky Vineyard's Chambourcin Reserve. Blue Sky Vineyard’s Shawnee Cream Sherry and Cabernet Franc took home gold medals. Shawnee Hills members also collectively took home 21 silver medals and 14 total bronze medals.

Blue Sky Vineyard also recently competed in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and received the Best in Class Award for their 2013 Estate Grown Chambourcin Reserve, a gold medal for their Vintner’s Select and a bronze medal for their dry Vignoles. That competition is hailed as the largest competition of American wines in the world and featured over 7,000 entries from 28 states across the country.

This year’s Indy International Wine Competition featured over 2,000 entries from 11 countries and 40 U.S. states, and Shawnee Hills Wine Trail wineries brought home 18 awards from that competition.

Blue Sky Vineyard was awarded two double gold medals for their Chambourcin Reserve and Rose and a silver medal for their dry white blend, Vintner’s Select. StarView Vineyards received silver medals for their Estate Grown Red Star and their dry Rose wine, and two bronze medals for their Chardonel and Super Nova. Kite Hill Vineyards received silver medals for their Chambourcin and Rose wines. Pomona Winery’s Golden Oak Aged Reserve, Orchard Harvest, Kir, Orchard Spice and Strawberry Dessert wines each received a silver medal, and four more of their wines took bronze medals in the competition.

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