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Leelanau Wineries Sweep Awards at Distinguished 2018 Competitions

  • June 19, 2018

Each year, many of our wineries enter numerous wine competitions to gauge how their wines compete on a national or even global level. The submitted wines are then sampled by a panel of judges during a “blind tasting”, in which the wines’ labels/bottles and the regions they were produced in are concealed from the judges.ts who work within the wine industry. The judges are experienced and trained professionals within the wine industry who are knowledgeable about wines and styles and highly qualified to evaluate wines for their quality.

During the competition, these judges consider various aspects in each wine class they taste, including the wines’ color and clarity, the aroma and bouquet, taste and aftertaste, and the overall quality. Noteworthy wines are typically awarded with medals, including gold, silver and bronze, as well as the prestigious Best of Class, which identifies the top wine within each Varietal category (a.k.a. Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Noir, etc.)

This past spring, several of our wineries submitted their wines to a variety of distinguished competitions, including the Pacific Rim Wine Competition, the International Tasters Guild, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, and Experience Rosé. Please join us in congratulating all of them on their successful wins! Scroll down to see the results…



Pacific Rim Competition 2018


Best of Class

Blustone Vineyards: Pinot Noir Rosé 2016



Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery: Dry Riesling 2016

Black Star Farms: Arcturos Pinot Blanc 2016 and Arcturos Semi-Dry Riesling 2016

Boathouse Vineyards: License to Chill Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

Blustone Vineyards: Pinot Blanc 2017 and Pinot Grigio 2017

45 North Vineyards & Winery: Marsanne 2016 and Select Harvest Sweet Riesling 2016



Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery: Chardonnay 2016, Pinot Grigio 2016 and Leelanau Primavera

Black Star Farms: Arcturos Pinot Blanc 2016, Pinot Grigio 2016 and Dry Riesling 2016

Blustone Vineyards: Blu Sparkling Riesling  2017 and Winemaker’s Red 2016

Boathouse Vineyards: Unoaked Chardonnay 2017 and Pinot Gris/Grigio 2017

Laurentide Winery: Sauvignon Blanc 2017 and Sweet Riesling 2016

Verterra Winery: Dry Rose Cabernet Franc 2017 and Dry Pinot Noir Rosé 2017



Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery: Gewürztraminer 2016

Black Star Farms: 2016 Arcturos Sur Lie Chardonnay, 2016 Arcturos Grüner Veltliner and Delighted 2016

Blustone Vineyards: Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

Boathouse Vineyards: Pinot Noir Rosé 2015 and Boathouse Red 2016

45 North Vineyard & Winery: Winemaker’s Reserve Dry Riesling

Laurentide Winery: Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

Verterra Winery: Pinot Blanc 2017


International Tasters Guild 2018


Double Gold

Chateau Fontaine: Woodland White 2016, Pinot Blanc 2017 and Pinot Noir 2016

Laurentide Winery: Pinot Gris 2016 and Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

M Lawrence: Once

Rove Estate: Pinot Blanc 2016 and Medium Dry Riesling 2017



Blustone Vineyards: Pinot Blanc 2017 and Chardonnay 2017

Chateau Fontaine: Chardonnay Unoaked 2016, Laughing Waters Rosé, Cherry Wine and Grüner Veltliner

Ciccone Vineyard & Winery: Malbec 2017

French Valley Vineyards: Cherry 2016

French Valley Vineyards: Riesling 2016, Cherry 2016

Laurentide Winery: Sauvignon Blanc 2017

MAWBY: Talisman

M Lawrence: US

Rove Estate: Gewürtztraminer 2017,  Late Harvest Riesling 2017 and Pinot Noir 2016

Veterra Winery: 2016 Late Harvest Riesling



Blustone Vineyards: Gewürztraminer  2017

Blustone Vineyards:  Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

Chateau Fontaine:  Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Dry Riesling, Semi-Sweet Riesling

Ciccone Vineyard & Winery: Dry Riesling 2017, Starboard 2017 and Cassie Red 2016

French Valley Vineyards: Unoaked Chardonnay 2016, Dry Riesling 2016, Riesling 2016, Pinot Noir 2011, Merlot Reserve 2012, Jubilee 2013

Laurentide Winery: Chardonnay 2016 and Emergence White 2016

MAWBY: Blanc de Blanc and Grace

M Lawrence: Detroit

Rove Estate: Unoaked Chardonnay 2017, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Pinot Grigio 2017, Ragaire Rosé 2017 and Cabernet Franc 2016

Verterra Winery: Pinot Blanc 2017, Pinot Grigio 2017 and Cabernet Franc Rosé 2017



Blustone Vineyards: Pinot Grigio 2017, Pinot Noir 2016 and Winemakers Red 2016

Chateau Fontaine: Sweetwater, Viognier 2016 and Big Paw Red 2016

Ciccone Vineyard & Winery: Pacentro 2016

French Valley Vineyards: Jezebelle 201

Laurentide Winery: Meritage Red Reserve 2016

MAWBY: Sandpainting

Verterra Winery: Dry Riesling 2017 and Pinot Noir Rosé


Finger Lakes International Wine Competition


Double Gold

Boathouse Pinot Grigio 2017.



Blustone Late Harvest Riesling 2016, Blu Sparkling Riesling 2017



45 North Vineyard & Winery:  Marsanne 2016, 2016 Riesling and 45 North White

Bluestone Vineyards:  Pinot Noir Rosé

Boathouse Vineyards: License to Chill Pinot Noir Rosé

Chateau Fontaine: Dry Riesling 2016, Sweet-Riesling 2016 and Pinot Noir 2016

Black Star Farms: Arcturos Sur Lie Chardonnay 2016, Arcturos Pinot Blanc 2016, Arcturos Pinot Gris 2016, Arcturos Semi-Dry Riesling 2016 and Arcturos Grüner Veltliner 2016



45 North Vineyards & Winery: 2016 Chardonnay, Winemaker Reserve 2016 Pinot Gris and Winemaker Reserve 2016 Riesling

Blustone Vineyards: Riesling 2016

Boathouse Vineyards: Dry Dock Riesling 2016

Chateau Fontaine: Chardonnay 2016 and Gewürtztraminer 2016

Black Star Farms: Arcturos Dry Riesling 2016, Arcturos Pinot Noir 2016, Arcturos Cabernet Franc 2016


Experience Rosé 2018

Best of Class

Black Star Farms: Delighted (a Sweet Bubbly Rosé Wine)



Black Star Farms: Arcturos Pinot Rosé 2016 and Arcturos Pinot Rosé 2017