The winners of the 37th Annual New York Wine Classic, which recognizes the best of New York’s wine industry, were announced Thursday. The competition’s 2023 Governor’s Cup was presented to Paumanok Vineyards 2019 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc from Long Island. In addition, Paumanok Vineyards was also honored with the Winery of the Year award. The announcement was made this evening during a special live virtual event hosted by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.
The Governor’s Cup is the competition’s most esteemed award, recognizing the “Best of Show” in the New York Wine Classic, while the Winery of the Year award is presented to the winery with the best overall showing based on the level and number of awards in relation to entries.
The New York Wine Classic “Best in Category” winners were also announced.
Best White Wine
Boundary Breaks 2022 Gewurztraminer, Finger Lakes
Best Sparkling Wine
Jason’s Vineyard 2021 Bubbly Rosé, North Fork of Long Island
Best Red Wine
Keuka Spring Vineyards 2021 Blaufrankisch, Finger Lakes
Best Dessert Wine
Paumanok Vineyards 2019 Late Harvest, Sauvignon Blanc, North Fork of Long Island
Best Pink Wine
Wölffer Estate Vineyard 2022 Estate Rosé, Long Island
Best Specialty Wine
Middleburgh Winery 2022 Blackberry Wine, Hudson River Region
The New York Wine Classic included 749 entries from 108 wineries from across the state. A total of 10 Platinum, 320 Gold, 294 Silver, and 81 Bronze medals were awarded.
“The New York Wine Classic celebrates the very best of the state’s wine and grape industry, and highlights our incredible, locally grown wine selections,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “Congratulations to Paumanok Vineyards on receiving this reputable award. The wine industry in the State of New York is a crucial part of our agricultural economy, and I am proud to support the innovation, growth, and success of our local farmers and wineries.”
Samuel Filler, Executive Director of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, said, “I look forward to this event every year as it is a great celebration of our industry and all the fantastic wines being produced across the state from our own New York terroir.”
The mission of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation is to promote the world-class image of New York grapes and wines from our diverse regions to responsibly benefit farmers, producers and consumers through innovative marketing, research, communication, and advocacy. We endeavor to ensure that New York State is recognized as the world’s premier region for cool and cold climate viticulture.