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Press Release Regarding the North Carolina State Fair and Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition at the Dixie Classic:
Cypress Bend Vineyards Celebrates Fall Awards
Wagram, NC. –To be called, “The Best” is rare. It is qualified. It is determined by others. It is undisputed. And for one North Carolina Vineyard it is becoming an all too common honor. Cypress Bend Vineyards in Wagram, NC has only been growing grapes for thirteen-years – an infancy in the wine industry. Yet in a little over a decade, the vineyard has found itself on top of the podium again and again.
Most recently, in the fourth quarter of 2018, Cypress Bend Vineyards walked away with three “Best in Shows” at two different events. The first was the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Dixie Classic Wine Competition. The competition is open to vineyards in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. This year, 603 wines made the cut to the show judging. When the dust had cleared, Cypress Bend Vineyards had been honored as Best in Show / Double Gold Medals with the best Sweet White Wine for “McNeill” and Best Sweet Red Wine for its “Campbell”. For “Campbell”, it was the only wine to be a repeat winner, defending its Best of Show title from 2017.
“Winning Best Sweet White with our McNeill and Best Sweet Red with our Campbell at the Dixie Classic Fair is a sign that Muscadine is gaining the recognition it deserves”, says Nadia Hetzel, Cypress Bend’s Winemaker. “When the winemaking is approached with a combined knowledge and passion for the craft, the result speaks for itself. We are so proud of these results.”
The overall results extended well beyond the Best in Show honors. The vineyard also won 3 Golds, 5 Silver and a Bronze medal. In all, eleven wines made the podium at the Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition for Cypress Bend Vineyards.
Following these regional honors, Cypress Bend then made its way home to compete in the North Carolina State Fair competition. North Carolina is home to nearly 200 wineries and more than 500 commercial grape growers. In addition, the wine and grape industry contributes $1.97 billion to the state’s economy. “Given the importance of the wine industry to the state, as well as just wanting to beat our rivals, makes the state competition an annual highlight,” says Andrew Nauss, Director of Operations at Cypress Bend Vineyards.
The competition didn’t disappoint as the vineyard’s “Catherine” won Double Gold and was named the Best in Show for Muscadine. “We have won the North Carolina State Fair Best in Show trophy five times in total and now twice with Catherine. We are the only winery in the state that has won that many times,” Hetzel commented. “to me (as the winemaker), it proves that we are on target with our mission to make the finest expression of Muscadine, the indigenous grape of the southeastern United States.”
As with the regional competition, additional Cypress Bend wines were honored. The vineyard was bestowed three additional golds, seven silver medals and three other bronze, for a total of 14 awards.
The fall awards are the conclusion of the annual season for North Carolina vineyards. It is a time to reflect on the season, and to set the sights on the coming year. For Cypress Bend Vineyards it is also a time to clear off more trophy space, as 25 new awards must now be presented.
Catharine Wins the 2018 Muscadine Cup at the North Carolina State Fair!!
“We have won the North Carolina State Fair Best in Show trophy five times in total and now twice with Catherine. We are the only winery in the state that has won that many times. To me, it proves that we are on target with our mission to make the finest expression of Muscadine, the indigenous grape of the southeastern United States.”
-Nadia Hetzel, Winemaker
McNeill wins Best Sweet White Wine at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition at The Dixie Classic Fair!!
Campbell wins Best Sweet Red Wine at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition at The Dixie Classic Fair!!
“Winning Best Sweet White with our McNeill and Best Sweet Red with our Campbell at the Dixie Classic Fair is a sign that Muscadine is gaining the recognition it deserves. When the winemaking is approached with a combined knowledge and passion for the craft, the result speaks for itself.”
-Nadia Hetzel, Winemaker
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