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2013 Indy International Wine Awards Announced

West Lafayette, IN - Over 2,300 wines traveled to West Lafayette for one of the nation's largest wine competitions, the Indy International Wine Competition, July 31 through August 2, 2013 at Purdue University.

Wines from 39 states and 14 countries as far away as France, Australia, Chile and Greece were judged on appearance, aroma, taste, and aftertaste by 44 international judges.

For the second year in a row, an Indiana winery won Wine of the Year, besting 2300 other wines to be named the best wine of the entire competition. Huber Winery of Starlight, Indiana won Wine of the Year for their 2012 Vignoles! White Wine of the Year honors was also awarded to an Indiana winery, being won by Easley Winery of Indianapolis for their Traminette. Italian Winery Tedeschi won Red Wine of the Year for their 2008 Amarone Classico. Rosé Wine of the Year was awarded to Eagles Landing Winery of Marquette, Iowa for their Volga Lake Blush.

The Sparkling Wine of the Year was awarded to Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards of Sonoma, California for their Sonoma Brut and Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery of British Columbia, Canada took the Dessert Wine of the Year honors for their 2012 Riesling Ice Wine.

Von Jakob Vineyard of Pomona, Illinois won Fruit Wine of the Year for their 2012 Streakin' Johnny. Two categories, Honey Wine of the Year and Honey Wine Blend of the Year were both awarded to Oliver Winery of Bloomington, Indiana for their Camelot Mead and Strawberry Honey Wine, respectively.

Gloria Ferrer of Sonoma, California, was awarded the Winery of the Year Trophy. The trophy honors the Best International Brand of the entire competition.

Maryhill Winery of Washington state won the Winemaker of the Year Trophy, honoring the winery that wins the most gold medals by brand at the competition.

The Indy International Wine Competition has been organized by the Purdue Wine Grape Team since 1992, and for the past seven years under the leadership of Professor of Enology Christian Butzke. "The INDY's 44 international wine judges truly represent the ever-changing palate of the American public. By giving consumers advice on more than two thousand new wines from 14 countries, they recognize the incredible diversity and creativity of our local and international winemakers, and the vibrant state of the global wine industry. Wine has become the coolest and most dynamic beverage in the world by far", said Dr. Butzke.

Indiana was well represented in the competition, with Hoosier wineries winning 288 total medals. That includes 13 double gold, 31 gold, 114 silver, and 68 bronze medals.

"For an Indiana winery to win Wine of the Year is very exciting for the Indiana wine industry," said Jeanette Merritt, Marketing Director for the Purdue Wine Grape Team. "Indiana wines are outstanding and Huber's not only showed that, but all of our wineries proved that in the amount of medals they won this year!"

Huber Winery also won the Indiana Winery of the Year, the Governor's Cup, recognizing the winningest Indiana winery. Indiana Wine of the Year was awarded to Huber Winery for their 2006 Knobstone Port.

Country Heritage Winery, LaOtto, won Indiana Traminette of the Year, honoring Indiana's Signature Wine and Grape.

The Indy International has a special award division for Indiana grown wines. A wine must be composed of more than 85% Indiana grown fruit to be eligible. Satek Winery of Fremont won both the Indiana-Grown American Wine of the Year and the Indiana-Grown French-American Wine categories for their Steuben and Larry's Luscious Dry Red, respectively. McClure's Orchard & Winery of Peru won the Indiana-Grown Fruit Wine of the Year for their Ice Cider. Huber Winery of Starlight won the Indiana-grown Vinifera Wine of the Year for their 2010 Tannat.

The Indy International is held at Purdue University and run by the Purdue Wine Grape Team. For a list of all medal-winning wines, log onto www.indyinternational.org.