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Keuka Lake wineries win top awards

It’s a good year for Keuka Lake wineries.

Keuka Spring Vineyards of Penn Yan can now boast three Governor’s Cups after the winery’s 2017 Gewürztraminer captured the top prize and Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery was again presented with the Winery of the Year award in the 2018 New York Wine Classic Aug. 8.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the winners of the 33rd New York Wine Classic, a nationally recognized competition highlighting the best of New York’s wine and ciders.

The first ever Governor’s Cider Cup was awarded to Kite & String’s “Pioneer Pippin” cider. Kite & String is located in Interlaken.

Keuka Spring Vineyards Owner Len Wiltberger said, “We are absolutely thrilled and honored to receive this award. At Keuka Spring, we have always believed in Gewürztraminer as a premier grape for this region. It is perfectly adapted to this climate and makes a style of wine that is truly unique to the Finger Lakes. That’s why we make three different Gewurztraminers, one being a regional blend and two that showcase vineyard sites that demonstrate special qualities. Gewurztraminer is a big part of what we do and who we are, and we hope this award shines a light on the fact that it needs to be central to the discussion of what New York does best.”

Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery President Fred Frank said, “We’re very excited to receive the Winery of the Year award from the New York Wine Classic. We feel it’s a testament to the team here at Dr. Konstantin Frank and the great range of quality wines we produce. It’s a wonderful honor!”

“New York’s world-renowned wineries and cideries are second to none and help drive tourism, strengthen local economies and create jobs across the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “The annual New York Wine Classic celebrates and recognizes the best of the best of our craft beverage industry, and I congratulate the winners and encourage those interested to try these world-class products for themselves.”

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