Proud Sponsors of 2013 ICCWC
6th International Cold Climate Wine Competition
August 19, 2014
Deadline for entry is August 7, 2014
In order to honor wines of exceptional character produced from grape varieties that can survive cold climate conditions, the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the University of Minnesota have joined in partnership to host the 2014 International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC). Any commercial winemaker producing wine using cold hardy grape varieties as listed may enter.
The 6th annual ICCWC will be held on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota in the Continuing Education and Conference Center, August 19, 2014.
Advanced entry is required. Entries must be eligible under competition rules and categories and electronically submitted using the online registration system by clicking the registration button at the top of this page.
Registration opens Friday, May 16, and closes at 11:00PM CDT on Thursday, August 7, 2014.
Wine must be received in-hand by 4:30PM, August 11, 2014.
Special Honors Awarded
Minnesota Governor's Cup: A traveling trophy awarded to the Best Minnesota Wine from any grape ine category
Best of Show: Best White Wine; Best Red Wine; and Best Specialty, Sparkling or Fortified Wine
Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals: Awarded based on each wine's individual merit
A Unique Competition
While there are dozens of wine competitions around the United States, there is no competition devoted to the promotion of quality wines made primarily from cold-hardy grape cultivars. The ICCWC sees to honor and promote wines of exceptional quality produced from these cultivars grown in non-traditional viticultural areas. The judges represent wine sensory experts from across the country and from various segments of the wine industry.
How Winners Are Promoted
What kinds of wine can be entered in this competition?
There are 31 different competition categories, including Native Grape, French & American Hybrids, Sparkling, Specialty & Fortified and Non-Grape. Only commercially available wines (minimum production of 20 cases) are eligible. Wine grapes varieties generally found to be hardy without winter protection in USDA zone 4 are:
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