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Pillitteri Estates Captures Second Straight Win
at “Syrah du Monde” Wine Competition

May 27, 2008

Ampius, France/Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada — For a second year in a row, Pillitteri Estates Shiraz Icewine has been named one of the "Top Ten Syrahs" in the world at the "Syrah du Monde" wine competition, held in Ampuis France May 15-16, 2008.

Pillitteri Estates Winery won a Gold Medal for its 2006 Shiraz Icewine and last year also won gold for the 2004. This year's win was made even sweeter as the Shiraz ranked high among the "Top Ten" in the world by scoring the top 2nd best mark of all 384 samples provided. Pillitteri's Winemaster Dr. Marc Bradshaw comments "Receiving this accolade for my 2006 Shiraz Icewine is absolutely brilliant and totally unexpected, especially for a wine I made in my first vintage as Winemaster at Pillitteri Estates."

Shiraz Icewine is almost an oxymoron considering the intense heat required to produce outstanding Shiraz coupled with the deadly cold required for Icewine. This contradiction brings to light one of the many reasons why Canadian Icewine is so special. Dr. Bradshaw continues, "I love the challenge of producing Icewines, from the brutal and extreme harvest at insane hours of the morning, to the most difficult ferments you've ever dreamed of, where you're sure it will never reach the finish line. It really makes it all the more sweeter when you watch the wine go into bottle and onto the shelf. As a born and bred Aussie winemaker, it only makes sense that I somehow involve myself with the Shiraz varietal."

"Syrah du Monde" organized by the Forum Oenologie enjoyed its second successful year and has distinguished itself as a unique and exacting competition. It is the only competition dedicated solely to the evaluation of Syrah/Shiraz wines in all forms. The mantra of the organization is to award reliable medals reflecting diversity, quality and high standards. The competition follows strict compliance with international wine competition rules, Quality Assurance requirements and has enacted its own rigorous standards to ensure ideal tasting conditions. Over the course of two days a rigorously selected panel of international experts tasted 384 Syrah/Shiraz wines from 23 countries, awarding 128 medals recognizing diversity and quality.

Nestled between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment, Pillitteri Estates Winery is a family owned and operated business founded in 1993. The winery has been producing premium vitis vinifera and French hybrid grapes for over fifty-five years on their Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyards. The family's philosophy is simple: to produce the finest VQA wines possible from the highest quality grapes grown in Niagara. This approach has earned Pillitteri Estates over 450 international and domestic medals reflecting the winery's commitment to producing premium VQA wines. It has established itself as a leader in the industry and is internationally recognized as a premium producer of Icewine and one of the most innovative, using a wide range of varietals. The winery currently exports to over 20 countries and is the largest estate producer of Icewine in the world.

Try the award-winning Shiraz Icewine currently available at the winery or by purchasing on-line at


For further information contact:

Dr. Marc Bradshaw, Winemaster
Email: marc [at]

Gabriela Fuccillo, Marketing & Public Relations Manager
Email: gabriela [at]
Tel: 905-468-3147

Syrah Du Mondes


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