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Hill country wines shine in another top international competition

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Texas Hill Country wines continue to make an impression—not just on Texas wine lovers, but on international experts whose job it is to identify the best wines in the world. The latest proof: A record showing for Texas wines at the distinguished 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC), including several top awards for Texas Hill county wineries.

“Our state's producers made a fine showing, claiming seven best-of-class awards and seven double-gold medals plus 14 golds and 158 medals total, all unprecedented numbers for Texas entries,” said the Houston Chronicle. There were almost 7,000 entries from 28 states in the competition, which is “considered the most prestigious in the country.”

Utilizing an extensive process that divided the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold, or). Only seven entries were honored with the prestigious Sweepstake Award in the categories of Sparkling, White, Pink, Red, and Dessert/Specialty wines.

Two Hill Country wineries won Best of Class awards:

  • Perissos Vineyards and Winery in Burnet for its Dolcetto 2015
  • Wedding Oak Winery in San Saba for its Sweet Alyssum 2015

These awards represent recognition for extraordinary quality. In addition, several Hill Country wineries won double gold (meaning the judges were unanimous in awarding the wine first place in its category) in the competition:

  • Grape Creek Vineyards in Fredericksburg for its 2015 Viognier and its 2015 Cuvee and its 2014 Merlot
  • Perissos Vineyard and Winery for its 2015 Serendipity and its Perissos Vineyard and Winery 2015 Roussanne
  • Flat Creek Estate in Marble Falls for its 2014 Super Texan Sangiovese

“This year, Texas wineries won more medals–including some of the top awards in the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition–than ever before,” said Bob Fraser, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition executive director on Texas Wine Lover. “It is not surprising to me, as I recently visited the Texas Wine Country and was completely impressed with the quality of their wines.”

Texas Wines have been recognized all around the world in multiple competitions and by important publications who likened the area to “one of the 10 Best Travel Destinations,” (Wine Enthusiast) and “The new Napa” (Huffington Post).

For more information about Texas wines or living on the Texas Wine Trail, visit Vintage Oaks. The fastest-growing community in the Texas Hill Country over the past three years, Vintage Oaks is a 3,300-acre masterplanned community between Austin and San Antonio offering Hill Country land for sale and new homes in New Braunfels as well as an array of resort amenities including multiple pools, a lazy river, ball fields and trails, and a Tuscan Clubhouse.

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