Gov. Reynolds to Present First Governor's Cup Trophy to Backcountry Winery at Iowa State Fair

Gov Trophy Iowa’s Governor, Kim Reynolds, will be presenting the Governor’s Cup trophy during a ceremony on Friday, August 18 at 4 p.m. on the stage outside of Grandfather’s Barn on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. New this year, the Governor’s Cup trophy is awarded to the “best of the best” wine, selected from the four Best of Show wines from Iowa State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. The Iowa Wine Growers Association sponsored the new Governor’s Cup Trophy, along with the People’s Choice Trophy. Consumers determine the People’s Choice Trophy after tasting the Best of Show wines and casting their vote. The People’s Choice Trophy will be announced on Sunday, August 20 at 3 p.m. on the stage at Grandfather’s Barn.

Backcountry Winery won the Governor’s Cup honor with their Best of Show white wine, Vignoles. Other Best of Show wines include Best of Show red – Train Wreck Winery, Kate; Best of Show fruit – Ackerman Winery, Cranberry & Apple; and Best of Show other – Eagles Landing Winery, Autumn Splendor. The Iowa State Fair red and white commemorative wines are produced by Tassel Ridge Winery.

ABOUT THE IOWA STATE FAIR COMMERCIAL WINE COMPETITION: The commercial wine competition is held each July with a panel of qualified wine judges tasting and evaluating nearly 200 commercial wines to determine and award the “Best of Show” in each of the four divisions – red, white, fruit and other. Each Best of Show wine, along with the commemorative Iowa State Fair red and white wines, are showcased and sold as individual tastings or flights in Grandfather’s Barn at the Iowa Wine Experience during the Iowa State Fair. Six wines were awarded Double Gold; five wines were awarded with Gold and in total more than 128 wines were awarded.  

ABOUT THE IOWA WINE EXPERIENCE: The Iowa State Fair Iowa Wine Experience is a partnership between the Iowa State FairIowa State University Extension and the Iowa Wine Growers Association. The Iowa Wine Experience is hosted at Grandfather's Barn up on the hill, just east of the Cultural Center through the duration of the Iowa State Fair. Inside the historic barn is educational displays, Iowa wine tasting and the commercial wine, amateur oenology and amateur beer making competition awards. Outside, the infamous Grape Stomp competition takes place four times a day on the stage, as well as daily industry speakers and a designated Winemaker of the Day. It’s a family friendly event, where children can learn more about grapes at the "Grape Get-a-Way!", or take part in one of the yard games, while parents kick back and relax at the end of a long day at the Fair while enjoying live music or the view of the Capitol building from on top of the hill.

ABOUT THE IOWA WINE GROWERS ASSOCIATION: The Iowa Wine Growers Association is a nonprofit organization representing the more than 100 wineries and nearly 300 vineyards operating in the state of Iowa. Established in 2000, the Iowa Wine Growers Association is dedicated to the growth and sustainability of the Iowa grape and wine industry through support of research and development, continuing education, legislative oversight and promotion of native wine and grapes.

Last modified on Wednesday, 13 June 2018 18:35
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