Some local reds and whites are bringing home some blue ribbons. Half a dozen Northern Michigan wineries are bringing home big awards from a national wine competition.
The six Traverse City-area wineries earned 41 different honors. Traverse City Tourism says it’s a testament to the strength of agritourism in the area. The awards came from last month’s Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition. It’s an invitation-only competition, and this year 575 wines across the country were invited to compete for the best-of-the-best bragging rights. The top honor is the Jefferson Cup, and six local wines from four different wineries earned that distinction.
“They take the best of American wines and put them in a competition. So they have to be invited to participate in this. So for Traverse City area wineries to pull down 41 of these awards, and six of them winning the top prize… it’s really remarkable,” says Mike Kent with Traverse City Tourism. “It’s a recognition of the wines in this region that have really been coming of age. It used to be that you would go to the wineries in this area that had beautiful setting, great atmosphere, and the wines were pretty good. Now, it’s a beautiful setting, great atmosphere, and the wines are spectacular.”
Top Awards went to Aurora Cellars, Good Harbor Vineyards, Brys Estate, and Two K Farms. For a look at specific wines and the honors they received, .