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Nine Niagara Wine Trail wineries awarded medals

Nine of the Niagara Wine Trail wineries were awarded medals in the recent 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, including double gold medals for Black Willow Winery of Burt and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery of Medina.

A total of 3,708 wines from 27 countries, all 50 states and six Canadian provinces were reviewed by 73 judges selected from more than 20 countries.

Niagara Wine Trail members earned a total of 38 medals. They also included: Honeymoon Trail Winery, The Winery at Marjim Manor, A Gust of Sun Winery, Midnight Run Wine Cellars, Schulze Vineyards & Winery, Vizcarra Vineyards and Schwenk Wine Cellars.

Black Willow took home a double gold for its Classic Diamond white wine, while Leonard Oakes earned a double gold for its Vidal Blanc Ice Wine. Leonard Oakes earned the same distinction for its ice wine 2011 and a gold for its ice wine just last year.

Gold medalists also included Honeymoon Trail’s Riesling (2013) and The Winery at Marjim Manor’s Cherry Concerto, a cherry fruit wine.

“Having two wineries win double gold medals is wonderful,” said Elizabeth Maute, Niagara Wine Trail coordinator. “Black Willow Winery has been in the media recently for their Classic Diamond wine being featured on-screen in a major motion picture. I’m sure this will only add to the excitement, sales of the wine, and the popularity of this grape in general.

“And we are just thrilled that Leonard Oakes Estate has won a double gold for their superb ice wine again,” Maute said. “We certainly have the right climate for producing ice wines, and these awards prove it.”

A total of 16 silver medals were awarded to eight wineries: one each to A Gust of Sun, Midnight Run Wine Cellars and Vizcarra Vineyards; two each to Black Willow, Honeymoon Trail and Schulze Vineyards and Winery; three to Marjim Manor; and four to Leonard Oakes.

Rounding out the awards were 18 bronze medals awarded to eight wineries.

A full list of honored wines at the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition can be found at

The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition also benefits Camp Good Days and Special Times.

For more information, winery awards or events along the trail, visit the Niagara Wine Trail online at