We’ll drink to that!
In the prestigious 2018 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards, Fort Berens Estate Winery won a total of nine medals – three gold, two silver and four bronze medals.
The Lillooet winery won gold medals for its 2016 Pinot Noir, its 2016 Cabernet Franc and its 2017 Riesling. The 2016 Cabernet Franc and the 2017 Chardonnay earned silver medals. Bronze medals were awarded for the winery’s 2017 Pinot Gris, the 2017 Riesling Reserve, the 2016 Red Gold and the 2016 Reserve Chardonnay.
The winning wines were announced at the 38th Annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival in Kelowna. Kim Lawton accepted the awards on behalf of Fort Berens from the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.
Lawton said she took the opportunity to tell the Lieutenant Governor about Fort Berens and Lillooet’s role as an emerging wine region.
Heleen Pannekoek, co-founder and co-owner of Fort Berens Estate Winery, said, "Our entire team was absolutely thrilled when we learned that we won a total of nine medals at the Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards.”
Pannekoek continued, "After almost 10 years of producing wine in Lillooet, we are thrilled with the maturity of our vineyard. The quality of our grapes continues to grow and the quality of our winemaking continues to improve as we learn more about our terroir. Winning nine medals in this prestigious wine competition reinforces that we are on the right track. We are so proud of our entire grape growing and winemaking team, and we are pleased to be able to showcase the high calibre of wine that can be produced here in beautiful Lillooet."
The competition is open to all licensed British Columbia wineries and includes fruit wines and mead.
After tasting more than 700 wines, the judges awarded a record number of medals to more than 100 British Columbia wineries.
The 2018 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Wine of the Year went to Lake Breeze Vineyard’s 2016 Pinot Noir.