Two von Stiehl favorites were crowned as award winning wines with gold medals from the Tasters Guild International Wine Competition: Crimson Royale and Oktoberfest. What’s more exciting is the double gold medal awarded to von Stiehl’s 2014 Sierra Foothills Montepulciano!
It’s nothing new for Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery to be recognized for its award winning wines. However, receiving double golds on dry red releases is a feather in the cap for von Stiehl Head Winemaker, Aric Schmiling, and his team.
Montepulciano is a delicate red that required a lot of attention. We had to be exact with fermentation, pump-overs and pressing. If anything would have been hurried, we would have lost the finer berry notes. Careful aging in French-hybrid oak developed a satisfying mouthfeel highlighting the barrel spice.
When asked for the inspiration behind Montepulciano, Assistant Winemaker Dave Pizzala explained…
The development of von Stiehl red wines has taken us to Italy! Montepulciano is a medieval and Renaissance hill town and commune in the Italian province of Siena in southern Tuscany. With so many common varietals on the shelf, we seek to experiment with and provide wines not common among Wisconsin wineries.
Crimson Royale is more than an award winning wine which received a gold, it’s also the largest selling von Stiehl wine on the shelf! Concord grapes are picked and pressed. Juice is then cool-fermented in stainless steel. It pairs well with creamy cheddar or havarti. It’s a great everyday wine for foods like macaroni and cheese and roasted turkey breast.
Oktoberfest is a semi-sweet blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Vignoles. This gold medal-winning wine has grown a following that makes it the winery’s best selling white wine. It was originally developed for the Wet Whistle Wine Fest in 2002.
Critics at the 2018 International Wine Judging by the Tasters Guild awarded von Stiehl an additional eight silver medals. These winners include: