Most Recent Awards & Recognitions
Konzelmann Estate Winery continues to win National and International Awards, Medals and Trophies for both Wines and Icewines, since 1996. The list below highlights just a few of the most recent awards.
Ten Medals At 2011 Ottawa Wine Challenge
Konzelmann Estate Winery received one Gold, three Silver and six Bronze medals at the most recent Ottawa Wine Challenge Competition. Over 400 wines were entered and the Judging panel was made up of some of the most talented people working in wine in Canada.
2011 Canadian Wine Awards - Five Medals
1,117 wines were entered in this year's competition that was held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Konzelmann received five medals at this International competition, Silver for 2008 Vidal Icewine and four Bronze medals for the following wines: 2008 Special Select Late Harvest Vidal, 2009 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, 2009 Pinot Blanc and 2009 Pinot Grigio.
International Wine And Spirit Competition
Our 2008 Vidal Icewine received the Gold Best in Class Award at the 2011 IWSC held in the UK. Click here for competition results.
Finger Lakes Wine Competition
Finger Lakes International Wine Competition is the largest charitable wine competition in North America. Konzelmann received a Gold Award for their 2008 Vidal Icewine, a Silver Award for their 2009 Pinot Blanc and a Bronze for their 2007 Merlot at the two-day competition that was held on March 26-27, 2011 in Rochester, N.Y. Click here for competition results.
Vinitaly And Int'l Wine & Spirit Competition
Konzelmann Estate Winery was awarded the most prestigious award - the Grand Gold medal for the 2007 Vidal Icewine where more than 3,500 wines from 34 countries took part in the 43rd VinItaly International Wine Competition in April, 2009. The same wine was awarded the Grand Gold at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in the UK, in May. More than 7,000 wines were entered.
IWSC 2010 - Gold
Wine Spectator's Top 100 List - A Canadian First
Konzelmann Winery is proud to be the first Canadian winery to be included in the Wine Spectator Magazine's Top 100 List in 2008.
Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines they have reviewed over the past 12 months and select the most exciting for their Top 100.
In 2008, the Wine Spectator editors reviewed more than 19,500 wines from around the world in blind tastings. Konzelmann Vidal icewine was included in the Top 100, earning the honour of being the first Canadian winery to be included in their Top 100 List. The selection of wines is based on four criteria: quality; value; availability; and an X-factor they call excitement. December 2008.
Winemaster Herbert Konzelmann was awarded "Winemaker of the Year" in 1996 at the Air Ontario Competition, Toronto, Canada.
Select Award List to view our accomplishments, or Wine List and view tasting notes, pairing suggestions and awards related to each variety of wine.
'Award Winning' Icewine
Icewine is a rare and exquisite product that had its beginnings in Europe nearly two centuries ago. Germany was the first country to produce this wine, and as with most new ideas it occurred by accident. Peasant farmers in Franconia were hit by a sudden, unexpected frost in the winter of 1794. Instead of despairing of their frozen grapes, they followed their instinct for frugality and went ahead and made wine.
The result was a small quantity of honey sweet nectar with balancing acidity that was unlike anything they had ever produced. The wine - named Eiswein - was considered a treasure, but with the moderate German climate, perfect conditions for making this wine occurred only in very cold winters and so it remained, indeed, very rare.
Ontario is blessed with the kind of winter climate that ensures Icewine can be made consistently year in and year out. The grapes have to be left on the vine to freeze solid; therefore temperatures must drop to at least -8 degrees Celsius before grape bunches can be harvested. While the berries are frozen as hard as marbles, the juice is pressed out, and since a grape contains eighty percent water, the action of pressing allows much of this water to be left behind as shards of ice, while small amounts of very concentrated juice is extracted, approximately one third less than if the grapes had been harvested and pressed in the early fall.
Ontario Icewine, currently produced by more than twenty different wineries, surprised connoisseurs world wide when the 12 Ontario Icewines entered at the 1991 InterVin International Wine Competition in New York all entries won Gold Medals, and not one Icewine from any other country took Gold at all. With many Ontario Icewines continuing to win awards at prestigious international competitions, Ontario Icewine is now firmly established in the elite.
Wine Spectator's TOP 100 - Konzelmann Vidal Icewine!
In 2008 our Vidal icewine was selected as one of the top 100 world wines, by the Wine Spectator Magazine. Konzelmann is the first Canadian winery to be included in the magazine's Top 100 list. Over 19,500 different wines from around the world was submitted for a blind tasting where Konzelmann received 94 points for its 2006 Vidal icewine.
Icewine is a unique tasting experience and the kind of wine that makes an ideal gift for the wine lover in your life. Come by Konzelmann Estate Winery and visit our Wine Boutique where you can sample or purchase one of our award-winning Icewines. For tasting note information, pairing suggestions and prices, please check our wine list for Vidal Icewine, Riesling Icewine, or Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine (released Nov.2003).