PA Wine Excellence Awards

Each January the Pa. Wine Society showcases the best Pennsylvania wines made from vinifera and Chambourcin grapes. The wines are judged by the Board with the able assistance of Gary Pavlis, from Rutgers University who is also a teacher of the wine judging certification course for the American Wine Society. The top scoring wines are presented at the tasting, where we also give our annual award plaque to the winery that has made the top scoring wine. The plaque is proudly displayed at the winery for the rest of the year. The event is open to the public, and we recommend that you register early.


 2016   Wine Ex. XV Winner

Waltz Vineyards

 –  Winery Crow Woods Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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2015   Wine Ex. XIV Winner

Mazza Vineyards

 – Vidal Ice Wine 2013

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Robert Mazza of Mazza Vineyards accepting award from PWS President, Averill Shepps for their Vidal Ice Wine 2013.


2014   Wine Ex. XIII Winner

Penn Woods Winery

 – Bancroft Moscato 2013


2013   Wine Ex. XII Winner

Vynecrest Vineyards & Winery

 – Lemberger 2012


2012   Wine Ex. XI Winner

Crossing Vineyards

 – Merlot 2010


2011   Wine Ex. X Winner

Vynecrest Vineyards & Winery

John Landis, Winemaker

 – Chambourcin Estate Lehigh Valley 2010


Top Scoring Wines of 2011
Winery Wine Vintage
Allegro Cadenza 2007
Allegro Cadenza 2008
Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008
Crossing Merlot 2008
Galen Glen Cabernet Franc Lehigh Valley 2009
Manatawny Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Manatawny Creek Syrah 2008
Vynecrest Chambourcin Estate 2010
Vynecrest Cabernet Franc Estate 2010



2010   Wine Ex. IX Winner

Pinnacle Ridge Winery

Brad Knapp, Winemaker

2007 Veritas

Top Scoring Wines of 2010
Winery Wine Vintage
Allegro Bridge 2006
Allegro Bridge 2007
Allegro Cadenza 2007
Allegro Cadenza 2008
Blue Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Manatawny Creek Cabernet Franc 2007
Manatawny Creek Meritage 2007
Manatawny Creek Syrah 2008
Pinnacle Ridge Veritas 2007
Pinnacle Ridge Veritas 2008


2009   Wine Ex. VIII Winner

Chaddsford Winery

Eric Miller, Winemaker

2007 Chambourcin, Miller Estate Vineyard