The Ridge Winery here in Switzerland County continues to garner high praise from competitions and customers.
The Ridge recently entered three of its 18 wines in the Indy International Wine Competition held at Purdue University — and earned one ‘Double Gold, Best of Class’; and two silver medals.
The Ridge earned ‘Double Gold, Best of Class’ in the Niagara Class for its “Sweet Harvest” wine. The winery also earned a ‘Best of Class’ in 2018 in the Seyval Blanc Class for its “Country White”.
The Ridge also earned two Silver Medals — one in the Apple, Blackberry Fruit Blends class for its “Blackjack” wine; and one in the Cherry Fredonia Naturally Flavored class for its “Wild Cherry” wine.
Tom and Mary Jane Demaree are the owner/operators of The Ridge Winery.
This was the 28th annual Indy International Wine Competition. Nearly 2,000 entries from around the globe are evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges at the competition. Wine writers and winemakers, winegrowers and enologists, chefs and sommeliers, wine distributors, retailers and consumers meet every year for this competition.
The competition awards medals that are highly regarded in the eyes of consumers and wine writers while providing professional feedback from leading wine experts.
In addition to The Ridge Winery, several other Indiana wineries were honored during this year’s competition.
Satek Winery of Fremont earned the Governor’s Cup as Indiana’s winery of the year. Huber’s Orchard & Winery of Starlight received Indiana Wine of the Year for its 2017 Vignoles. The award for Indiana Traminette of the Year went to Butler Winery of Bloomington, while Daniel’s Vineyard of McCordsville was recognized as the 2019 Indiana Small Farm Winery, which is awarded to the top winery producing less than 50,000 gallons of wine annually.
Fourteen Indiana-produced wines were named Best of Class, and Indiana wineries tallied 28 double gold awards and 36 gold medals in the competition.
The Indy International Wine Competition has been organized by the Purdue Wine Grape Team since 1992. It is the largest independently organized wine competition in the country, drawing both commercial and amateur entries from 13 countries and 36 states. In the 2019 competition, 75 wines were named Best in Class and 1,620 medals were awarded.