Royal Wine Competition calls for entries

Ontario wineries encouraged to put their best vintages under discerning eye of judges

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is aiming to uncork the competitive spirit of Ontario wineries and shine a spotlight on their top vintages.

As it prepares for its 94the annual Fair in the fall, The Royal is calling for entries in its 8th annual wine competition.

The event, run in co-operation with the Independent Wine Educators Guild, serves up an opportunity for wineries to earn recognition for their wines from a judging panel of some of the province’s most-respected experts.

“Ontario wineries have been getting a lot of acclaim on the international stage in recent years. This is an opportunity to recognize some of the fantastic local wines at The Royal, where we have a long history celebrating the very best in Canadian food and agriculture,” says Royal CEO, Charlie Johnstone.

The Independent Wine Education Guild is recognized as the premier organization for wine and spirits education in Canada. Its experienced faculty have graduated thousands of students, many of whom have progressed to command leading positions in the Canadian wine and spirits industry.

John Switzer, a renowned wine writer, educator and chief judge at the Guild, will oversee the judging panel at The Royal Wine Competition.

Wineries will be able to enter a range of classes for white, rose, red and dessert wines. There will be a Best in Show winner selected for each colour section and an overall Best in Show prize.

Winning wines will be served at dining venues at The Royal and featured at various events during its 10-day run from November 4-13, 2016 at Exhibition Place in Toronto.

Last year,  The Royal Wine Competition recognized a champion in Niagara College Teaching Winery’s 2012 Dean’s List Merlot as Best in Show & Best Red; Frisky and Gamble’s  2012 Smoke and Gamble Chardonnay, Best White;  Megalomaniac/ John Howard Cellars of Distinction’s 2014 Pink Slip Rosé, Best Roséè; and Sue Ann Staff Winery’s 2012 Howard’s Vidal as Best Dessert Wine.

The deadline for wineries to enter the competition is Friday, September 9th and judging will take place on Saturday, September 24th.  Entry forms and more information about the competition are available The Royal’s website at under the For Exhibitor tab and then selecting the Wine category.

Funding support for The Royal has been provided by the City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario.


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