Walpole Mountain View Winery at Barnett Hill Vineyard won a “Double Gold” medal at the 10th annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition held in Chaska, Minn. This is the top competition for the new “cold-climate” grapes that have been developed and hybridized over the past few decades for northern areas of the country. More than 340 wines were entered from 66 wineries hailing from 16 states and two Canadian provinces.
“Winning a Double Gold is no small thing in the wine world,” Mountain View vintner Virginia Carter said. “The judges take all of the Gold Medal winners and compare them against each other to see whether any emerge as worthy of ‘Double Gold’ status.” Walpole Mountain View was one of three wineries that earned the distinction.
The winning wine is Walpole Fort No. 3 Vintage 2015. Its moniker gives historical homage to the original Walpole Fort No. 3 on the banks of the Connecticut River where the Bellows Walpole Inn and Potato Barn now stand.
This red/white blend has been made for five vintages starting in 2010, and is composed of three red grapes, Leon Millot, Marquette and St. Croix, and two white grapes, LaCrosse and La Crescent, in the “off-dry” category at 1.8 percent residual sugar. Previous vintages of Walpole Fort No. 3 have won silver and bronze awards at the Northeast Gold Wine Competition at The Big E fair in Massachusetts.
At the competition, Walpole Mountain View Winery also collected a silver medal for “Monarch Haven 2016” and bronze medals for “Sabrevois 2016,” “1761 Walpole Rose 2015,” “Marechal Foch 2015” and “Mountain View Red 2015.”
The winery at 114 Barnett Hill Road in Walpole is available to visit on weekend afternoons.