Pillitteri Estates Winery
Wins North America's Only Medal
- November 24, 2005 -
Pillitteri Estates Winery is proud to announce it was awarded North
America's only medal at this year's Effervescents du Monde, an international
wine competition recognizing the best sparkling wines in the world.
Pillitteri won a rare Grand Gold Medal for its 2004 Vidal Sparkling
Icewine, the Effervescents du Monde's highest honour.
Le Castel Culinary School located in Dijon, France, the heart of
Burgundy's premier wine region, was the setting for this prestigious
competition on November 17th and 18th. The International Organization
of Vine and Wine (OIV) sanctioned competition included 60 international
expert judges tasting 335 sparkling wines representing 22 countries.
After two days of judging, only 3 Grand Gold Medals were awarded.
Pillitteri was the only Canadian winery to receive the distinguished
honour of Grand Gold and was the only winery from North America
to win a medal. France took the other two Grand Gold medals.
Sparkling Icewine is a new style of Icewine pioneered in Canada
currently produced by only three wineries in the world. The "Methode
CuvÉe Close" sparkling wine vinification technique is
employed whereby carbon dioxide from the fermentation is retained
in the wine. The result is a decadent, rich sparkling dessert wine
full of tropical fruit flavours, with tiny effervescent, vibrant
acidity, and luscious sweetness.
"Another prominent award from an esteemed international competition
continues to reinforce this innovative style of wine created and
mastered in Canada" said Winemaster Sue-Ann Staff. The '2002
Ontario Winemaker of the Year' adds, "Continued excellence
and presence with Sparkling Icewine at all international venues
will stamp this Canadian creation into an acclaimed international
wine style". Pillitteri has won numerous accolades for their
Sparkling Icewine further sustaining and strengthening Canada's
image abroad as a producer of high quality wines and ability to
compete on the world stage. Pillitteri has brought home seven medals
for their Sparkling Icewines at prestigious competitions such as
Decanter World Wine Awards (UK), and the International Wine &
Spirits Competition (UK).
Pillitteri Estates Winery is a family owned and operated business
founded in 1993 situated on 53 acres of vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Since its short inception the winery has experienced tremendous
growth and has established itself as a leader in the industry. It
currently exports to 25 countries and is the largest estate producer
of Icewine in the world. Pillitteri has won over 400 international
and domestic awards, reflecting on the winery's commitment to producing
premium VQA wines.
For further information contact:
Sue-Ann Staff - Winemaster (905) 468-3147 ext. 228
For Images Contact
Gabriela Butera- Marketing Manager (905) 468-3147 ext.231
Pillitteri Estates Winery
1696 Niagara Stone Rd., RR #2
Tel: (905) 468-3147
Fax: (905) 468-0389
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