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Harrisburg, Pa. - Judges at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg awarded three wineries the Governor’s Cup, including The Vineyard at Hershey of Middletown in Dauphin County; Armstrong Valley Winery of Halifax, also in Dauphin; and Mazza Vineyard of North East in Erie County.

Wineries from Berks, Dauphin, Erie, and Lancaster counties were awarded Best in Show in six overall categories.

The Vineyard at Hershey won a Governor’s Cup for the Best in Show Dry Wine with Merlot (2017). Merlot, the second most popular red grape in America, is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety. This full-bodied, fruit forward Merlot has initial flavors of cherry, softer flavors of tobacco, leather and oak peak out on the finish. This winery opened in 2012 and is located a 40-acre historical farm.

Mazza Vineyard earned the Governor’s Cup for the Best in Show Sweet/Desert Wine with Ice Wine of Vidal Blanc (2017). It is a true ice wine made from Vidal Blanc grapes frozen naturally on the vine and pressed while still frozen. This wine is intensely flavored with hints of fig, honey, marmalade and apricot. Mazza Vineyard is a second-generation operation and has expanded into making beer and spirits.

Armstrong Valley Vineyard was honored with a Governor’s Cup for the Best in Show Fruit Wine with Blackberry Merlot (2018). Blackberry Merlot is a blend of full-bodied merlot and natural blackberry flavor. The winery and vineyard are located on a Revolutionary War era farm. The current owners acquired the original parcels to re-establish it as a working farm.

"It is impressive to see the participation of wineries located throughout the commonwealth,” said Pennsylvania Winery Association President Jennifer Eckinger. “The Farm Show Competition provides an opportunity to showcase their wines alongside their peers and celebrate the quality of PA Wines." 

Wines submitted to the competition must be made of 75 percent Pennsylvania fruit. This year’s competition included entries from 36 Pennsylvania wineries.

“The Pennsylvania wine industry contributes $4.8 billion to the economy,” said Cheryl Cook, Deputy Secretary for Market Development. “Consumers enjoy sampling and buying the wide variety of wines made right here in Pennsylvania.”  

Pennsylvania is the fifth largest producer of grapes nationally, with more than 270 wineries producing over five million bottles of wine annually.

The Pennsylvania Wine Booth, featured at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, features 32 wineries from across the commonwealth throughout the course of the week. Every two days, eight wineries will sample and sell a variety of wines. 

Additional results follow:

Other Best in Show

Best of Show Dry Grape; Best vinifera- Vineyard at Hershey, 2017 Merlot

Best of Show Sweet/Dessert; Best Hybrid- Mazza Vineyards, 2017 Ice Wine of Vidal Blanc

Best of Show Fruit- Armstrong Valley Winery, 2018 Blackberry Merlot

Best American- Broad Mountain Vineyard, 2018 Love Rock

Best Sparkling- Stony Run Winery, 2017 Brut

Double Gold Medals                        

Vineyard at Hershey, 2017 Merlot

Mazza Vineyards, 2017 Ice Wine of Vidal Blanc

Broad Mountain Vineyard, 2018 Love Rock

Presque Isle Wine Cellars, Blushing Heron

Courtyard Winery, 2018 Twisted Red

Gold Medals                         

Stony Run Winery, 2017 Brut

Armstrong Valley Winery, 2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve

Benigna's Creek Winery, 2018 Sunshine

Blue Mountian Vineyard, Rottie White

Bucks Valley Winery, 2015 Cab Sauv

Courtyard Winery, 2018 Razzle

Deer Foot Farm Vineyards, 2018 Norton

Fero Vineyards & Winery, Estate Lemberger

Hungry Run Wine & Spirits, 2018 Blue Sapphire

Nissley Vineyards, 2018 Cab Frank Reserve

Stony Run Winery, 2017 Traminette

Stony Run Winery, 2017 Gruner Veltliner

The Winery at the Long Shot Farm, 2017 Vidal Blanc

Vineyard at Hershey, 2018 Moscato

Silver Medals                        

Armstrong Valley Winery, 2018 Blackberry Merlot

Armstrong Valley Winery, 2018 Rose

Armstrong Valley Winery, 2018 Chardonnay

Armstrong Valley Winery, 2018 Chambourcin

Armstrong Valley Winery, 2018 Traminette

Arrowhead Wine Cellars, Scarlet

Arrowhead Wine Cellars, Pink Catawba

Arrowhead Wine Cellars, Port

Arrowhead Wine Cellars, Red Raspberry

Arundel Cellars, Remix

Benigna's Creek Winery, 2018 Liberty White

Blue Mountian Vineyard, 2017 Cab Sauv

Broad Mountain Vineyard, 2018 Blueberry

Broad Mountain Vineyard, 2017 400

Broad Mountain Vineyard, 2017 Chambourcin

Broad Mountain Vineyard, 2018 Shooting Star

Broad Mountain Vineyard, 2018 Black and Blue

Broad Mountain Vineyard, 2018 Leading Edge

Bucks Valley Winery, 2017 Meritage

Bucks Valley Winery, 2018 Traminette

Cassel Vineyards of Hershey, 2016 Cab Franc Reserve

Chaddsford Winery, 2017 Merlot

Chaddsford Winery, 2017 Harbinger

Chaddsford Winery, 2017 Sunset Blush

Chaddsford Winery, 2017 Presage

Cherry Valley Vineyards (Sorrenti), 2018 Blackberry Noir

Cherry Valley Vineyards (Sorrenti), 2018 Vignoles

Courtyard Winery, 2017 Zweigelt

Courtyard Winery, 2018 Chardonel

Courtyard Winery, 2017 Teroldego

Fero Vineyards & Winery, Chocolate

Franklin Hill Vineyards, 2018  Chambourcin

Heritage Wine Cellars, Dark Cherry

Heritage Wine Cellars, Peach Punch

Heritage Wine Cellars, 2018 Heritage Red

Juniata Valley Winery, 2016 Royal Red

Juniata Valley Winery, 2018 Autumn Harvest

Mazza Vineyards, 2018 Riesling

Mt. Hope Estate & Winery, 2018 Peach

Nissley Vineyards, 2018 Strawberry Kiss

Nissley Vineyards, 2018 Chardonnay Reserve

Presque Isle Wine Cellars, 2017 Saudade

Shade Mountain Winery & Vineyards, 2017 Chardonnay

Sleepy Cat Urban Winery, 2018 Feline Fine Fredonia "F3"

Stone Mountain Wine Cellars, 2017 Norton

Stone Mountain Wine Cellars, 2018 Orchard Blush

Stony Run Winery, 2016 Cab Franc Reserve

The Winery at the Long Shot Farm, 2018 Fletched

Tolino Vineyards, 2017 Gracie

Vineyard at Hershey, 2018 Blackberry Portrait

Waltz Vineyards, 2018 Stiegel Rose

Whispering Oaks Vineyard, 2016 Niagara

Whispering Oaks Vineyard, 2016 Chardonnay

Wood Lodge Winery, 2018 Semi-Dry Riesling

Wood Lodge Winery, 2018 Red Dog Road

Wood Lodge Winery, 2018 Queen of Hearts                        

Bronze Medals                                 

Armstrong Valley Winery, 2018 Spicy Apple

Armstrong Valley Winery, 2017 Cherry

Arrowhead Wine Cellars, Rosso

Arrowhead Wine Cellars, Elderberry

Arrowhead Wine Cellars, Chardonnay

Arrowhead Wine Cellars, Moscato

Arrowhead Wine Cellars, Dazzling Niagara

Arundel Cellars, 2016 Sunset Rose

Arundel Cellars, 2016 Traminette

Benigna's Creek Winery, 2018 Spice

Benigna's Creek Winery, 2018 Delight

Blue Mountian Vineyard, 2018 Riesling

Broad Mountain Vineyard, 2017 Rattling Creek

Bucks Valley Winery, 2017 Merlot

Bucks Valley Winery, 2017 Melange

Bucks Valley Winery, 2017 Niagara

Cassel Vineyards of Hershey, 2017 Diamond Royale'

Cassel Vineyards of Hershey, 2018 Winners Circle White

Cassel Vineyards of Hershey, 2016 Oak Chardonnay

Cassel Vineyards of Hershey, 2016 Stainless Chardonnay

Cassel Vineyards of Hershey, 2016 Chambourcin Reserve

Cassel Vineyards of Hershey, 2016 Winners Circle Red Reserve

Chaddsford Winery, 2016 Fusion

Chaddsford Winery, 2017 Chaddsford Winery Red

Cherry Valley Vineyards (Sorrenti), 2018 Raspberry Blush

Cherry Valley Vineyards (Sorrenti), 2018 Chambourcin

Cherry Valley Vineyards (Sorrenti), 2018 Cranberry Blush

Cherry Valley Vineyards (Sorrenti), 2018 Arancia Rossa

Cherry Valley Vineyards (Sorrenti), 2018 Salute

Courtyard Winery, 2017 Chambourcin

Courtyard Winery, 2018 Chocopelli

Courtyard Winery, 2018 Moscato

Courtyard Winery, 2017 Vignoles

Crossings Vineyards & Winery, 2017 Cab Franc

Crossings Vineyards & Winery, 2017 Chardonnay

Crossings Vineyards & Winery, 2018 Vidal Blanc

Crossings Vineyards & Winery, Blush

Deer Foot Farm Vineyards, 2017 Cab Franc

Deer Foot Farm Vineyards, 2018 Chambourcin

Franklin Hill Vineyards, 2018 Vidal Blanc

Franklin Hill Vineyards, 2018 Fainting Goat

Franklin Hill Vineyards, 2018 Passion

Franklin Hill Vineyards, 2018 Sir Walters Red

Greendance Winery, 2017 Ruby Noir

Greendance Winery, 2018 Pinot Gris

Greendance Winery, 2017 Sparkling Isabella

Greendance Winery, 2018 Sauv Blanc

Greendance Winery, 2017 Cab Sauv Marquette

Heritage Wine Cellars, 2018 Half & Half

Heritage Wine Cellars, Blueberry

Heritage Wine Cellars, 2018 Bubbling Niagera

Heritage Wine Cellars, 2017 Crescendo

Heritage Wine Cellars, 2018 Concord

Heritage Wine Cellars, 2018 Sweet Country

Hungry Run Wine & Spirits, 2018 Blackberry Lemon

Hungry Run Wine & Spirits, 2018 Strawberry Watermelon

Hungry Run Wine & Spirits, 2018 Rollin Rita

Hungry Run Wine & Spirits, 2018 Chardonnay

Juniata Valley Winery, 2017 A Kiss Goodnight

Juniata Valley Winery, 2018 War Horse Red

Kingview Mead, Triple Beere

Mazza Vineyards, Bare Bones Rose

Mazza Vineyards, Perfect Bubbly

Mazza Vineyards, Cab Franc

Mt. Hope Estate & Winery, 2018 Holiday

Nissley Vineyards, 2017 Chambourcin

Nissley Vineyards, 2017 Vignoles

Presque Isle Wine Cellars, 2017 Cab Sauv

Presque Isle Wine Cellars, 2017 Bluse'

Presque Isle Wine Cellars, Reflections of Lake Erie

Presque Isle Wine Cellars, 2017 Traminette

Shade Mountain Winery & Vineyards, 2016 Propretor's Red

Shade Mountain Winery & Vineyards, 2017 Shade Mountain Blush

Shade Mountain Winery & Vineyards, 2017 Autumn Harvest

Shade Mountain Winery & Vineyards, 2018 Moscato

Sleepy Cat Urban Winery, 2018 Smokey's Midnight Treat

Sleepy Cat Urban Winery, 2018 Sleepy Cat Red

Sleepy Cat Urban Winery, 2018 Kitty Kisses

South Shore Wine Company, 2018 Gruner Veltliner

Stone Mountain Wine Cellars, 2018 LaCrescent

Stone Mountain Wine Cellars, 2018 Cherry

Stone Mountain Wine Cellars, 2018 Sunset

Stony Run Winery, 2017 Riesling

Stony Run Winery, 2017 Viognier

The Winery at the Long Shot Farm, 2018 Chambourcin rose

The Winery at the Long Shot Farm, 2018 Sweet Mountain Mist

Thistlethwaite Vineyards, 2018 Cambourcin

Thistlethwaite Vineyards, 2018 Very Berry Good

Thistlethwaite Vineyards, 2017 Traminette

Tolino Vineyards, 2017 Cab Franc

Tolino Vineyards, 2017 Papa's Red

Tolino Vineyards, 2017 Mama's Rose

Tolino Vineyards, 2018 Lilly

Tolino Vineyards, 2016 Chambourcin

Vineyard at Hershey, 2018 Sunset

Vineyard at Hershey, 2017 Daybreak Moscato

Waltz Vineyards, 2017 Reserve Chardonnay

Waltz Vineyards, 2018 Rock Red

Waltz Vineyards, 2016 Baron Red

Waltz Vineyards, 2017 Old Line Chardonnay

Whispering Oaks Vineyard, 2017 Chambourcin

Whispering Oaks Vineyard, 2016 Deep Roots Rose'

Whispering Oaks Vineyard, 2017 Chambourcin Reserve

Whispering Oaks Vineyard, 2016 Chardonnay Reserve

Whispering Oaks Vineyard, 2017 Tatawha

Whispering Oaks Vineyard, 2018 Cranberry

Whispering Oaks Vineyard, 2017 White Chambourcin

Wood Lodge Winery, 2018 Traminette

Editorial note: Headline was corrected from "wines" to "wineries" as there were 36 wineries recognized and many more actual wines recognized