GENESEO — Deer Run Winery has announced the most recent medal winning wines from the final two competitions of 2018.
In the 2018 New York Wine Classic, Deer Run received silver medals for their Via Ferrata and Runway Red wines, and bronze medals for their 2017 Riesling, 2017 Aromella and Attraversare. In the 2018 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition, Deer Run won two gold medals for their Dockside and Runway Red. They also won a bronze medal for their 2017 Dry Riesling.
Scott Kuyon, General Manager of Deer Run, says that while competitions like these help with marketing, they serve a more important purpose in his mind.
“It’s a measure of how well we are doing in our wine making process compared to our peers in the finger lakes and how we are getting better each year,” Kuyon said.
Kuyon is particularly proud of how Deer Run’s Runway Red performed this year.
“Runway Red has always been a bride’s maid but never a bride, but now it has a gold medal for best wine in it’s category, “Kuyon said. “I’m very proud to have one of our best selling wines win such high honors.”
While Kuyon has high hopes for Deer Run’s traditional wines, he says that the one he enjoys making the most is the fortified wine, Dockside. According to Kuyon, Dockside started as an experiment and has grown into a success.
“Dockside is a fun fortified wine to make, and it doesn’t follow traditional norms,” Kuyon said. “I age it in bourbon barrels, and next year’s vintage will be aged in barrels from Black Button [Distillery].”
Currently, Deer Run is working on two new wines, both of witch will be aged for two years. the first is a single vineyard reserve noiret, and the second is a cabernet franc, which Kuyon says, “will be the highest quality red wine we have ever put in a bottle.”
Below is the full list of Deer Run’s 2018 awards.
Finger Lakes International Wine Competition – March 24th & 25th 2018
Dockside – Silver medal
Chardonnay 2016 – Bronze medal
Indy International Wine Competition – June 6-7th 2018
Attraversare – Silver medal
Dockside – Silver medal
Great American International Wine Competition – April 28th & 29th 2018
Chardonnay 2016 – Silver medal
Riesling 2016 – Silver medal
Traminette 2016 – Bronze medal
NY Wine Classic 2018 – August 6th – 8th 2018
Runway Red – Silver medal
Via Ferrata – Silver medal
Aromella 2017 – Bronze medal
Attraversare – Bronze medal
Riesling 2017 – Bronze medal
Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition – August 4th & 5th 2018
Dockside – Best in Fortified Wines Category
Dockside – Gold medal
Runway Red – Best in Red Hybrid/NA Blends Category
Runway Red – Gold medal
Dry Riesling – Bronze medal