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Best Riesling in World Awarded to Winery at Black Star Farms

October 26, 2018

Source: Sherri Campbell Fenton
Job Title: Communications & Public Affairs
Phone: 231-944-1294
Email: sfenton@blackstarfarms.com

Suttons Bay, MI -- On Friday, October 19 the most prestigious award at the 19th Annual Canberra International Riesling Challenge (CIRC) " Best Wine of the 2018 Challenge - was given to the Black Star Farms 2017 Arcturos Dry Riesling. This is only the second time in CIRC's 19-year history that an American wine has come out on top.

Hosted in Canberra, Australia, the CIRC was created to "highlight the grape that defines white wine, Riesling". This challenge attracts wines from Riesling producing countries around the world and is the most significant event of its type. A record number of Rieslings, 567, from six countries - Australia, New Zealand, USA, Germany, France and the Czech Republic - were judged at this year's Challenge.

Kerm Campbell, Black Star Farms grower/owner beams, "This medal is a compliment for our growers, our vine care managers and our winemaking team and on a broader scale, a game changer for Northwest Michigan in particular."

The Black Star Farms 2017 Arcturos Dry Riesling was awarded 'Best Riesling in the World', scoring 98 points in addition to taking home Best Dry Riesling and Best American Riesling. All six Rieslings Black Star Farms submitted took home medals.

Jim Trezise, Founder, International Riesling Foundation; President, WineAmerica and Professional Wine Judge commented, "Black Star Farms 2017 Arcturos Dry Riesling's selection as the Best Riesling in the World at the 2018 Canberra International Riesling Challenge in Australia is a huge accomplishment for them, for Michigan wines, and for American Rieslings. The fact that they also won medals for every wine entered is also amazing, showing consistent quality across styles and vintages. I have judged at the CIRC for four years, and it is the most rigorous and competitive event I've experienced. This year there were more than 500 Rieslings from several countries, and Black Star Farms came out on top. Congratulations to the Black Star team, and thanks for making America proud."

Every wine entered by Black Star Farms won a medal. They are as follows:

  • 2017 Arcturos Dry Riesling trophy for 'Best Riesling in the World' (98 points). Also received Best Dry Riesling and Best American Riesling.
  • 2016 Arcturos Winter Harvest Riesling received an Elite Gold (96pts). Only 18 wines at the Challenge were awarded an Elite Gold.
  • 2017 Arcturos Semi-Dry Riesling received a Gold (95pts).
  • 2016 Arcturos Dry Riesling got a Silver (90pt).
  • Both the 2016 Arcturos Semi-Dry Riesling and the Sparkling Riesling have been awarded Bronze medals (89pts).

"It's always an honor to be recognized for the quality of our region. 2017 was certainly an exemplary vintage showcasing many of the best attributes of Riesling growing in this climate. This honor will further raise the standards by which we continue to create our wines." -- Lee Lutes, Head Winemaker.

Black Star Farms has yet to release 2017 vintages, but is taking pre-order requests via email at chrisl@blackstarfarms.com.

Black Star Farms is a twenty-year-old grower owned winery located in the heart of Northwest Michigan's Traverse Wine Coast, with over 160 acres of vineyards on both the Old Mission Peninsula and the Leelanau Peninsula. Featuring two wine processing facilities, three tasting rooms, a distillery, luxury Inn, farm-to-table cafe, equestrian center, meeting and event spaces, it is a truly unique expression of the region.

To see the full list of results, go to Canberra International Riesling Challenge/Results.

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About Black Star Farms
Black Star Farms offers the ultimate winery experience. Offering two locations in the heart of Northwest Michigan Wine Country which is recognized as Traverse Wine Coast, both the tasting room on Old Mission Peninsula and the flagship property near Suttons Bay provide exquisite experiences. Both award-winning wineries provide guests the opportunity to experience some of the finest wines of the region, and now, the world. The Inn at Black Star Farms, nestled below a hillside of vineyards and overlooking barns and pastures, is a Select Registry "Distinguished Inn of North America" destination retreat. Featuring luxurious guest rooms with gorgeous spaces, the Inn is host to 'Up North Get-aways,' weddings, special events and corporate retreats. The Hearth & Vine Cafe on the Suttons Bay estate provides on-site catering and the opportunity for guests to experience farm to table cuisine in venues all around the farm.

VinBar, located in Kerrytown s Historic Market District of Ann Arbor is Black Star Farms' remote location, offering 'Northern Michigan's wines in your Ann Arbor neighborhood.'

For more information visit www.blackstarfarms.com.

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