The IL wine competition was held at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL June 11-13th. An experienced panel of judges selected top awards, double gold, gold, silver and bronze medals in both commercial and amateur divisions. The Governor’s Cup for a Dessert wine was awarded to Massbach Ridge Winery for their sweet, fortified wine “Velvet Hour.” Other gold medal wines included Daffodil White, Vignoles and Sunrise Red.
“We are delighted that several of our favorite wines received such high accolades,” stated winemaker and owner Peggy Harmston. “What’s the most fulfilling is that these wines were grown right here in Massbach!”
Massbach Ridge Winery is surrounded by 18 acres of vineyard near the small community of Massbach which is located 10 miles outside of Elizabeth, IL. The winery is approaching their 16th commercial year of harvesting estate-grown grapes consisting of hybrid varieties such as Vignoles, Marechal Foch and Frontenac.
The vineyard will be producing its 2018 in the next several weeks. The current crop of grapes will be softening soon and turning color, a process called veraison. During the next couple of months, visitors are encouraged to view the ripening grapes and maybe even help in picking the grapes themselves.
“Harvest is one of our favorite times of the years and it is always a pleasure to share that experience with our guests. Enjoying the wine is wonderful, but when you can understand where it all comes from, it gives you an even greater appreciation for the magic in each bottle, “ says Harmston.