Ontario VQA Wineries Win Big at Prestigious International Wine Competitions


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — Ontario VQA wineries have won big at two of the world’s most prestigious wine competitions that took place in London, Eng. this past spring — the International Wine Challenge (IWC) and Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). In total, Ontario VQA wineries brought home 173 medals.

Top awards include Best in Show from DWWA won by Flat Rock Cellars for their Riesling. Flat Rock Cellars was also won the Canadian White Trophy at the IWC for another Riesling from their collection. Additionally, Reif Estate Winery won the Canadian Icewine Trophy and Sweet Winemaker of the Year awards from the IWC. Ontario’s signature varieties and styles continue to shine with medals for Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Traditional Method Sparkling wine and Icewine. 

“Ontario’s wine industry is ecstatic about the 2022 results from these two prestigious international wine awards,” says Magdalena Kaiser, director of Public Relations for the Wine Marketing Association of Ontario. “Bringing home the Best in Show, Canadian White Trophy, Canadian Icewine Trophy and Sweet Winemaker of the Year speaks volumes about the quality of wine grown and crafted right here in Ontario’s cool-climate wine region.”

“I’ve always believed Ontario produces world-class wines and these recent medals from the International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards reconfirm this,” says Tony Aspler, Canadian wine critic and author. “It’s exciting to witness the dynamic evolution of our local wine industry – and congratulations to the many wineries. I’m looking forward to adding these award-winning wines to my cellar.”

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