Northern Michigan Wines Shine in TEXSOM International Competition

Northern Michigan wines excelled this week in what is considered one of the most selective wine competitions in the country. The TEXSOM International Wine Competition awarded 69 medals to wines of the Traverse Wine Coast representing 17 wineries.

“We’ve been saying for a while that the wines of the region can match up with wines from anywhere in the world,” said Traverse Wine Coast Vice President, Gabe Marzonie. “The TEXSOM competition is yet another piece of proof to that claim.”

Three wineries, Aurora Cellars, Good Harbor Vineyards and Soul Squeeze Cellars captured the Judges’ Selection award. It is the top award given to only about three percent of the winners. Only eight-percent of wines in the competition were awarded a gold medal, and nine area wineries received gold recognition. Three of the local wineries, Aurora, Shady Lane and Verterra, each received two gold awards. Traverse Wine Coast winemakers also secured  21 silver medals and 36 bronze medals.

“When you combine award-winning wines with the spectacular experiences and views at the wineries, the wine industry is a huge attraction to visitors in the region,” said Traverse City Tourism President, Trevor Tkach (Tah-koch).

TEXSOM has recognized top wines for over 30 years. The awards attract entries from around the world, including top wine-producing regions in France, Argentina, California and Italy. It’s considered a top competition due to a roster of over 70 international sommelier judges. Nearly 2,400 wines were entered into the competition.

Winners include:

45 North Vineyard & Winery SPG – 2017 Gold
  SPG – 2018 Silver
  Medium Sweet Riesling Silver
Riesling Dry Bronze
Aurora Cellars Cabernet Franc Judges’ Selection
  Blaufrankisch Gold
  Gewurztraminer Gold
  Pinot Grigio Silver
  Brut Rose Bronze
  Gruner Veltliner Bronze
Bel Lago Bel Lago Red Bronze
  Leelanau Primavera Bronze
Blustone Vineyards Chardonnay Gold
  Rosso Pinot Grigio Silver
  Rose Cabernet Franc Bronze
Brengman Brothers Chenin Blanc Timberlee


  Block 7 Rose Pinot Noir

Crain Hill Vineyard

  Concrete Chardonnay Chardonnay Shore Vineyard Bronze
  Sauvignon Blanc

Timberlee Vineyard

Chateau Chantal Pinot Gris Proprietor’s Reserve Silver
  Tonight Brut Bronze
  Pinot Noir Proprietor’s Reserve Bronze
  Celebrate! Bronze
  Chardonnay Proprietor’s Reserve Bronze
Ciccone Vineyard & Winery Tramonto Red Silver
  Blush from Pinot Grigio Bronze
  Cabernet Franc Bronze
Farm Fresh Wine Company (Leelanau Cellars) Blueberry Bubbly Moscato Silver
  Peach Moscato Silver
  Blackberry Bubbly Moscato Bronze
  Cranberry Bronze
  Blueberry Bronze
  Raspberry Bubbly Moscato Bronze
French Valley Vineyard Cabernet Franc-Merlot Silver
  Chardonnay Bronze
Good Harbor Vineyards Blanc de Noirs Dry Benjamin’s Vineyard Judges’ Selection
  Riesling Dry Gold
  Blanc de Blanc Dry David’s Vineyard Silver
  Pinot Grigio Silver
  Pinot Blanc Silver
  Rose Pinot Noir Bronze
Lakeshore Farms Trading Co. (Leelanau Cellars) Blackberry Bronze
  Blueberry Bronze
  Peach Bronze
Leelanau Cellars Merlot Silver
  Mertage Bronze
Mawby Sparkling Gold Brut Traditional Method Silver
  Blanc Brut Traditional Method Bronze
  Grace Rose Brut Traditional Method Bronze
Rove Estate Pinot Noir Bronze
  Sparkling Brut Bronze
  Sauvignon Blanc Bronze
  Chardonnay Unoaked Bronze
Shady Lane Cellars Gewurztraminer Gold
  Blaufrankisch Gold
  Pinot Gris Hennessy Vineyard Silver
  Semi-Dry Riesling Silver
  Gruner Veltliner Hennessey Vineyard Bronze
  Blaufrankisch Bronze
  Sparkling Riesling Bronze
  Pinot Noir Reserve Bronze
Soul Squeeze Cellars Rapt Riesling Dry Bluff View Vineyards Judges’ Selection
  The Good Fight Pinot Gris Silver
  The Pearl Sparking Rose Bronze
Verterra Riesling Dry Kulpa Vineyard Gold
  Pinot Blanc Gold
  Rose of Merlot Silver
  Rose of Pinot Noir Dry Silver
  Rose of Cabernet Franc Bronze


Traverse Wine Coast represents over 40 local wineries along Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas in northwest Michigan. These wineries grow and bottle 60-percent of Michigan’s total wine production. The unique, glacially formed peninsulas are located on the 45th parallel with 105 miles of fresh water coasts from Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay. The coastal waters protect and moderate the local climate providing warm days and cool autumn nights. The climate is ideal for growing Vinifera grapes used in wine production. The locally grown Vinifera groups produce cool climate wines that are naturally acidic, balanced, structured and aromatic.