The top 10 small wineries in Canada are announced and the winner is...

Winners of the Best Small Winery of the Year: Chris & Beata Tolley, of Moon Curser Vineyards shown here on the vineyard high above Osoyoos with Chris' dad Monty (far right)

Some of BC’s smallest wineries are celebrating big time after the results of The WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada were released on August 1.

The announcement included the list for the Top 10 Small Wineries in Canada and for The Best Performing Small Winery of the Year.

This award is given out to the highest scoring winery producing 10,000 cases a year and this year 8 of the top 10 are BC wineries! 

The Best Performing Small Winery in Canada is Moon Curser Vineyards in Osoyoos
The Best Performing Small Winery in Canada is Moon Curser Vineyards in Osoyoos

And the winner of The Best Performing Small Winery of the Year is… Moon Curser Vineyards in Osoyoos!

Huge congratulations to owners and winemakers Beata and Chris Tolley.

This is a hugely well-deserved honour for this lovely couple who are making extraordinary wines.

Here is the lineup of winners and the wine stars you need to drink now:

1. Moon Curser Vineyards, British Columbia

Winner: Best Performing Small Winery of the Year

1 Platinum, 6 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze

Moon Curser 2017 Touriga Nacional
Moon Curser 2015 Tannat
Moon Curser 2018 Dolcetto
Moon Curser 2017 Malbec
Moon Curser 2017 Dead of Night

Moon Curser Vineyards line up of medal winners
Moon Curser Vineyards line up of medal winners
Image Credit: contributed

2. Hidden Bench Estate Winery, Ontario
5 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze

Hidden Bench 2017 Pinot Noir Unfiltered
Hidden Bench 2016 Chardonnay Felseck Vineyard
Hidden Bench 2017 Estate Chardonnay
Hidden Bench 2016 Chardonnay Tete de Cuvee
Hidden Bench 2016 Riesling Felseck Vineyard

3. Desert Hills Estate Winery, British Columbia
1 Platinum, 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

Ursa Major 2016 Syrah Eagle’s Nest Vineyard
Desert Hills 2018 Gamay Noir
Desert Hills 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ursa Major 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Eagle’s Nest Vineyard
Ursa Major 2016 Borealis

4. The Organized Crime Winery, Ontario
1 Platinum, 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze

Organized Crime 2017 Cuvée Krystyna Chardonnay
Organized Crime 2016 Cabernet Franc
Organized Crime 2017 Limestone Block Chardonnay
Organized Crime 2016 Break-in Pinot Noir
Organized Crime 2017 Wild Ferment Riesling

5. Corcelettes Estate Winery, British Columbia
4 Gold, 4 Bronze

Corcelettes 2016 Meritage Estate Vineyard
Corcelettes 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Menhir Estate Vineyard
Corcelettes 2016 Petit Verdot Micro Lot Series
Corcelettes 2016 Syrah Micro Lot Series
Corcelettes 2016 Cabernet Merlot Micro Lot Series

Corcelettes Estate Winery lineup of winning wines
Corcelettes Estate Winery lineup of winning wines
Image Credit: contributed

6. Painted Rock Estate Winery, British Columbia
3 Gold, 4 Silver, 4 Bronze

Painted Rock 2015 Merlot
Painted Rock 2015 Malbec
Painted Rock 2016 Syrah
Painted Rock 2016 Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon
Painted Rock 2016 Red Icon

Spearhead Winery team (l-r) Winemaker Grant Stanley, Annabel Stanley, owners Marina and Bill Knutson
Spearhead Winery team (l-r) Winemaker Grant Stanley, Annabel Stanley, owners Marina and Bill Knutson

7. SpearHead Winery, British Columbia
3 Gold, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze

SpearHead 2017 Pinot Noir GFV Saddle Block
SpearHead 2017 Chardonnay Clone 95
SpearHead 2017 Pinot Noir Coyote Vineyard
SpearHead 2017 Pinot Noir Club Consensus
SpearHead 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé

8. Howling Bluff Estate Wines, British Columbia
1 Platinum, 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

Howling Bluff 2016 Pinot Noir Century Block
Howling Bluff 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Three Mile Creek
Howling Bluff 2016 Pinot Noir Three Mile Creek
Howling Bluff 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Howling Bluff 2016 Pinot Noir Acta Vineyard

9. Noble Ridge, British Columbia
1 Platinum, 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Noble Ridge 2016 Meritage Reserve
Noble Ridge 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon King’s Ransom
Noble Ridge 2015 The One Sparkling
Noble Ridge 2015 Meritage King’s Ransom

10. Tightrope Winery, British Columbia
2 Gold, 2 Silver, 8 Bronze

Tightrope 2017 Chardonnay
Tightrope 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Tightrope 2018 Pinot Gris
Tightrope 2016 Vertigo
Tightrope 2016 Pinot Noir

A minimum of five wines must be entered in order to be eligible for the Top Small Wineries list. The five top-scoring entries (not including Icewine) were used to determine the Best Performing Small Winery and the Top 10 Small Wineries list.

The WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada (NWAC), the country’s largest competition of Canadian wines, is held annually in mid to late June. Each year, somewhere in Canadian wine country, co-founders Anthony Gismondi and David Lawrason assemble Canada’s leading wine writers, trade buyers and sommeliers to evaluate the current crop of 100 percent Canadian grown and made wines and ciders.

https://www.winealign.com/awards


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