VINELAND, Ont. — For the second year in a row, Tawse Winery of Vineland, Ont., has been named Canada’s 2011 Winery of the Year at the Canadian Wine Awards.
The certified-organic and -biodynamic wine producer received 24 medals, including a record-setting six gold as well as seven silver and 11 bronze.
“We’sre very excited to be named Canada’s Winery of the Year again in 2011 — for us it’s like winning the Best Picture Oscar two years in a row,” says Moray Tawse, Toronto financier and winery owner.
“Our philosophy is that great wine begins in the vineyard, and I’sm indebted to our winemaker, Paul Pender, and his team, who are as involved in viticulture as they are in making wine.”
Tawse also credits the unique clay, limestone and shale soil of the escarpment bench at the winery for part of its success. “The soil here is complex and varies from vineyard to vineyard. It allows for wines of great depth, richness and character,” says the winery owner.
The Canadian Wine Awards have been held annually since 2000 by Wine Access magazine and involve stringent, international-calibre competition with blind tasting by wine experts.