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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario- Pillitteri Estates Winery’s 2010 Appassimento Cabernet Franc has won ‘Red Wine of the Year’ and the Appassimento Red Award. This is the second time in three years that Pillitteri has won ‘Red Wine of the Year’. Pillitteri also won in 2013 for the 2010 Exclamation Cabernet Franc.
“The Pillitteri family is thrilled to have won this award for the second time in three years as well as the Appassimento Red Award. It is a testament to the quality of Ontario Cab Franc. I’d like to thank the Ontario Wine Awards and their judges for this honour. Pillitteri is committed to producing top quality wines and this award validates our efforts.” Charlie Pillitteri, C.E.O.
The Ontario Wine Awards, established in 1995, recognizes VQA wines for their quality, distinction and brilliance while setting industry standards of excellence and promoting the future for Ontario wines. The Ontario Wine Awards recognizes VQA varietal quality in 25 different categories and acknowledge winners in Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medal levels as well as honouring distinctive awards such as ‘Red Wine of the Year’.
“This is my first production of Appassimento Wine. I’m happy it was well received by the tasting panel of the Ontario Wine Awards. This is a testament of the great potential of the Appassimento style wines in Ontario and I look forward to continuing to work with this style of wines.” Alex Kolundzic, Winemaker.
The ceremony was held Friday, May 8th at Queen’s Landing in Niagara-on-the-Lake. With more than 70 wineries and 500 wine submissions, each entry was assessed blindly by panels of accredited wine judges from the wine writing and teaching community. The criteria for judging the wine not only involves having an appreciation for wine, but also knowledge and expertise of wines from the Ontario region.
Pillitteri Estates Winery is a family owned and operated business founded in 1993 and is situated on 130 acres of vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It currently exports to 35 countries and is the largest estate producer of Icewine in the world. Pillitteri has won over 750 international and domestic awards, reflecting the winery’s commitment to produce premium VQA wines.

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