Thursday, April 10, 2014

Debonné Vineyard Ice Wine Receives Crystal Grape Award

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Photo of ice wine grapes frozen on the vine. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

We’re big fans of wines from Ohio’s Grand River Valley. One of the styles that flourishes there is ice wine, the sweet and difficult to produce nectar. We were pleased to hear about Debonné Vineyards receiving this important award.

Tony Debevc, president of Debonné Vineyards in Madison just received word his Grand River Valley 2013 Ice Wine was awarded the ‘Crystal Grape Award’ as the best of class ice wine in the prestigious Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. This Ohio ice wine beat out other wineries from New York, Canada, and Slovenia for the coveted award.

Led by head judge G.M.Pucilowski, who also coordinates the California State Fair Competition, more than 75 wine experts from across North America as well as from around the world evaluated over 3,700 wines submitted from every US state and more than 25 other nations.  The judges were selected from the ranks of sommeliers, restaurateurs, wholesalers, wine media and professional judges to reflect all facets of the wine industry and to give consumers confidence in the quality of the medals awarded. 

“On behalf of Ed Trebets and his winemaking team here at Debonné we are proud to be recognized with this prestigious award. It represents a validation of our viticulturists Gene Sigel's commitment to estate grown fruit here at Debonné and reinforces the place of the Grand River Valley as a region where both great grapes are grown and nationally respected wines are vinted,” said Debevc.

The wine competition and wine auction dinner that follows the competition donates all of the proceeds to Camp Good Days and Special Times to provide their programs free of charge  to children and their families who are battling cancer and other life challenges.

The Debevc family of Debonné Vineyards in Madison, Ohio has been growing grapes since early in the 20th century on their four generation family farm which now includes more than 170 acres of grapes making it the largest estate winery in Ohio. Since its establishment in 1971, the winery has been recognized as an innovator in viticultural techniques, as a thought leader in regional, state and national trade organizations and as one of the most popular tourism destinations in the Buckeye State.  For more information about Debonné Vineyards, visit

For information about the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, visit

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