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2015 INDY international wine awards announced

West Lafayette, IN - Nearly 2,100 wines traveled to West Lafayette for one of the nation's largest wine competitions, the Indy International Wine Competition, July 29-31, 2015 at Purdue University.

Wines from 40 states and 12 countries as far away as France, Australia, Spain and Greecewere judged on appearance, aroma, taste, and aftertaste by 42 international judges.

The Wine of the Year award was given to Easley Winery, Indianapolis, IN, for their 2014 Traminette, besting nearly 2,200 other wines to be named the best wine of the entire competition! Red Wine of the Year honors was given to Peace Water Winery, who produces the wine in Napa, CA but retails the wine in Carmel, IN for their 2012 Grateful Red Cabernet Franc. White Wine of the Year honors was awarded to Dr. Franks Vinifera Wine Cellar of New York for their 2014 Gruner Veltliner. Rosé Wine of the Year was awarded to Falconer Vineyards of Minnesota for their 2014 Frontenac Rosé.

The Sparkling Wine of the Year was awarded to Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards of Sonoma, CA for their 2007 Royal Cuvee and Dr. Franks Vinifera Wine Cellar of New York took the Dessert Wine of the Year honors for their 2013 Riesling Late Harvest Wine.

Dubuque Heritage Winery of Iowa won Fruit Wine of the Year for their 2014 Washington Park Montmorency Cherry wine.

Trinchero Family Estates of St. Helena, CA, was awarded the Winery of the Year Trophy. The trophy honors the Best International Brand of the entire competition.

Ted Huber of Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards, Borden, IN, won the Winemaker of the Year Trophy, honoring the vintner who 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. "The 2015 Indy is a tribute to the vibrant success of the American wine industry and to modern agriculture's great contribution to our national and local economies," said Christian Butzke, professor of enology at Purdue and chairman of the competition. "The creativity we saw this year in regard to label and packaging design, varietal blending techniques and stylistic diversity among the more than two thousand wines was truly remarkable."

Indiana was well represented in the competition, with Hoosier wineries winning 316 total medals. That includes 31 double gold, 45 gold, 158 silver, and 82 bronze medals.

"Indiana continues to win many medals and trophies at this international competition," said Jeanette Merritt, Marketing Director for the Purdue Wine Grape Team. "This year we are so excited to recognize an array of outstanding wineries and encourage Indiana wine consumers to find your favorite wine at one of our nearly 80 wineries!"

Huber's Orchard, Winey & Vineyards, Borden, won the Indiana Winery of the Year, the Governor's Cup, recognizing the winningest Indiana winery. Country Heritage Winery, LaOtto, won Indiana's Farm Winery of the Year, honoring wineries that produce less than 50,000 gallons of wine. Indiana Wine of the Year was awarded to Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards Catawba Rose'.

French Lick Winery, French Lick, won Indiana Traminette of the Year, honoring Indiana's Signature Wine and Grape.

Additional awards this year included Wine Packaging Design of the Year and Wine Label Design of the Year. They were won by Blanc de Bleu of California and Danenberger Family Vineyards of Illinois, respectively.

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


Jeanette Merritt, Marketing Director, Purdue Wine Grape Team, 765-496-3842,