Swedish Hill was awarded "Winery of the Year" at the 31st annual Riverside International Wine Competition in Riverside, California. Swedish Hill brought home 14 medals overall, including six gold with one also winning a "Chairman's Award."
These six gold medals bring Swedish Hill's total 2012 gold count to an impressive 24. The Blue Waters Riesling acquired the "Chairman's Award" at the Riverside International. This wine also won a gold medal and "Best of Class" at the 2011 Golden Nose, and a gold medal and "Best of Show" at the 2011 Big E Eastern States Exposition.
The other five Swedish Hill gold medalists from this competition included the 2010 Reserve Chardonnay, 2011 Riesling, 2011 Cayuga White, Spumante Blush, and the 2007 Optimus. Each of these wines have begun building an impressive reputation of winning gold medals at international wine competitions. The Spumante Blush has had a great start for 2012 by winning four golds so far this year. This is the third 2012 gold medal for the 2007 Optimus, two of which were in California competitions.
Owner and CEO of Swedish Hill, Goose Watch and Penguin Bay Wineries, Dave Peterson, said in a press release, "It is a tremendous honor to win "Winery of the Year" at Riverside, long recognized as one of California's largest and most prestigious wine competitions. While our Rieslings have traditionally done well there, it was especially exciting to win golds for our Reserve Chardonnay and Optimus (a Cabernet/Merlot blend), since these are categories often dominated by the California wineries."