Rockway Vineyards and winemaker David Stasiuk participated in the 17th annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition this spring. The competition features over 3,000 wines from 621 wineries and is blind judged by 52 Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, wine educators, wine journalists, winemakers and certified wine judges. This year, 16 countries were represented, including wines from as far away as Costa Rica, Macedonia and Russia.
FLIWC is one of the largest wine competitions in the world that benefits a charitable organization. The competition, and surrounding events, support Camp Good Days. Camp Good Days is a place where children with cancer are not faced with boundaries, but rather open hearts, compassion and, above all else, fun. Since its inception 37 years ago, Camp Good Days has benefited more than 47,000 kids.
Niagara wineries were well-represented at FLIWC by Rockway Vineyards, Andrew Peller Limited, Calamus Estate Winery and more. We are proud to say that Rockway wines came home with 7 Silver Medals for wines from our 2015 harvest and 1 Silver Medal for our 2014 harvest.
Below are the wines we entered into the competition and a note on each from our winemaker David Stasiuk.
2015 Unoaked Chardonnay
"Unoaked Chardonnay is a wine that reflects its true varietal character. This style is dry, brigh and focused with a balanced mouthfeel and ripe fruit core."
2015 David Hearn Limited Edition Chardonnay / Riesling (VQA)
"A wine for all to enjoy. Barrel fermented Chardonnay that brings texture and richness with Riesling that adds flavour, aromatics and bright acidity."
2015 Plush White
"A fun yet sophisticated wine that awakens the senses with ripe fresh fruit and mouth watering acidity. A great sipper and very versatile with food."
2015 Rockway Vineyards White (VQA)
"Crafted for any occasion. Not too dry, nor too sweet, it feels just right. Fresh, bright and flavourful, this wine is great to sip among friends or pair with your favourite foods."
2015 Rockway Vineyards Red (VQA)
"Vibrant and fruit forward with hints of smoked meat, vanilla bean and barrel spice. This is our everyday red, well-suited to pair with casual fare or simply enjoyed on its own."
2015 Select Late Harvest Vidal
“These grapes were harvest with our icewine fruit and pressed in a temperature controlled room to achieve just the right brix. Declared as Select Late Harvest, this beauty is delicious in its youth but can be laid down for many years to come.”
2015 Vidal Icewine
"We sometimes have just one chance to harness the cold that gifts us this frozen nectar. For this wine it was on January 4th, 2016. It has produced an opulent icewine, rich in aroma and flavour with years ahead to mature and develop."
2014 Plush Red
"The grapes were kissed by the sun, and the wine, infused with the passion of our people. Plush red is soft, supple and elegant with a subtle feeling of luxury. Rich bold flavours of dark cherry, blackberry, vanilla and savoury spice."
Browse all our currently available wines here or join us in our Wine Boutique for an unforgettable tasting!