Romulus’s Swedish Hill Winery,
with its satellite tasting rooms in Saratoga Springs and Lake Placid, won three gold medals
at the recent San Francisco International Wine Competition, including a top
honor of Best Red Hybrid Varietal.
The winning wines included the sparkling
Spumante Blush, which was awarded a Double Gold medal, its third gold medal so
far. The 2010 Late Harvest Vignoles won a gold medal, the latest of its impressive
13 gold medals. The 2011 Maréchal Foch was honored with Best Red Hybrid
Varietal, beginning what could be a very successful run at upcoming wine
competitions, according to the winery.
"The 2012 Maréchal Foch is a harbinger of
things to come for the 2012 vintage," said Swedish Hill winemaker Derek
Wilber, who has been anticipating the release of 2012 vintages after last
year's strange but ideal weather conditions for the vineyards. "Foch is
the first red released from what is shaping up to be a stellar vintage for Finger Lakes Reds.”
A superb growing season resulted in all the reds
being picked at optimum maturity, he said. The deep color and intense fruit of
the stainless-steel-produced Foch speaks volumes for all the 2012 reds. The
rest of the dry reds are currently aging in barrels and will be released
starting in 2014.
The San Francisco International Wine Competition
is regarded as the largest, most influential and most respected wine
competitions in the country. This was the competition's 33rd year, and more
than 4,500 different wines from around the nation were judged.
Swedish Hill Winery is known as one of the most award-winning
wineries in the Finger Lakes, attaining 61 golds in 2012, in addition to
being named Winery of the Year at California's Riverside International
Wine Competition. As more 2012 vintages are being entered in upcoming competitions,
Swedish Hill is confident that its winery will continue to maintain its
Owned and operated by the Peterson Family,
Swedish Hill Winery is located at 4565 State Rte. 414 on the Cayuga Lake
Wine Trail. For a complete listing of the winery’s awards, visit