Cuvée 2012 Award Winners

Announced March 2, 2012 at the Cuvée Awards Ceremony

The 24th annual Cuvée awards were presented at the evening Gala on Friday March 2 at the Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls, Ontario. 64 wineries entered 264 wines in the various categories, and the judges were the chief winemakers of 51 participating wineries.

Sue-AnnSue-Ann Staff holding her award-winning Icewine

The nine major award winners were:

  • Red Wine: Palatine Hills Estate Winery Proprietor's Reserve Merlot 2007
  • Limited Edition Red Wine: Angels Gate Winery Mountainview Pinot Noir 2009
  • White Wine: GreenLane Estate Winery Riesling 2010
  • Limited Edition White Wine: 2027 Cellars 19th Street Chardonnay 2010
  • LCBO Red Wine: Creekside Estate Winery Shiraz 2009
  • LCBO White Wine: Hillebrand Winery Trius Sauvignon Blanc 2010
  • Dessert Wine: G. Marquis Vineyards Riesling Icewine 2009
  • Limited Edition Dessert Wine: Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery Riesling Icewine 2007
  • Sparkling Wine: Tawse Winery Spark Rosé 2009
jeffWinemaker Jeff Innes holding the Palatine Merlot 2007

The individual category winners were:

  • Chardonnay: Stoney Ridge Cellars Excellence Chardonnay 2009
  • Riesling: GreenLane Estate Winery Riesling 2010
  • Gewürztraminer: Konzelmann Estate Winery Gewürztraminer Late Harvest 2010
  • Sauvignon Blanc: Peller Estates Winery Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2010
  • White Blend: Stonechurch Vineyards Riesling Gewürztraminer 2009
  • Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris: Fielding Estate Winery Estate Bottled Pinot Gris 2010
  • Viognier: Fielding Estate Winery Viognier 2010
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: Peller Estates Winery Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
  • KevinKevin Panagapka of 2027 Cellars holding his 2010 Chardonnay
    Cabernet Franc: Fielding Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2010
  • Meritage: Kacaba Vineyards Reserve Meritage 2007
  • Pinot Noir: Angels Gate Winery Mountainview Pinot Noir 2009
  • Merlot: Palatine Hills Estate Winery Proprietor's Reserve Merlot 2007
  • Gamay Noir: 13th Street Winery Gamay Noir Sandstone Old Vines 2010
  • Red Blend: Colaneri Estate Winery Insieme 2009
  • Syrah / Shiraz: Creekside Estate Winery Broken Press Syrah 2008

Other awards:

  • Tony Aspler Cuvée Award of Excellence: Ron Giesbrecht, Winemaker, Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery: For consistently producing fi ne wines across Henry of Pelham's portfolio for 22 years.
  • Cuvée Award of Excellence in Viticulture: Duarte Oliveira Sr., Oliveira Vineyards