Inaugural Wine Competition Awards Medals to Massachusetts Wineries 

STURBRIDGE, MARCH 2019 – At the 13th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Farm Wineries and Growers Association (MFWGA), held at the historic Publick House in Sturbridge, a total of twelve Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded to Massachusetts wineries.

The Massachusetts Wine Awards competition was the first of its kind sponsored by the MFWGA with the intent of recognizing the outstanding quality of wine made in Massachusetts. The 2019 panel of five judges was led by Michael Quinlan, Jr., wine buyer and Corporate Wine Sales Manger at Table & Vine. The UC Davis 20-point judging system, a wine industry standard, was used to judge each wine for clarity, color, aroma, texture and flavor. Four wine categories were evaluated: Red, White/Rosé, Sweet/Fruit/Mead, and Estate Wine.


 Turtle Creek Wines – Riesling
La Cantina Winery – Barbera
Aaronap Cellars – Forest Gold Maple
Westport Rivers Winery – RJR Cuvee Brut 2009


Mineral Hills Winery – Seyval Blanc
Mill River Winery – Primitivo
Still River Winery – Apfel Eis
Westport Rivers Winery – Dry Riesling 2017


Aaronap Cellars – Stonewall White
First Crush Winery – Rapture Sangiovese
Hardwick Winery – Harvest Maple
Truro Vineyards – Unoaked Chardonnay

“The ‘Buy Local – Drink Local’ movement is very real and the quality of Massachusetts wines has improved over the last decade. We have seen an unprecedented growth in the number of wineries being established in the State and a sharp increase in people coming to visit our tasting rooms” said Dave Roberts, President of the Association and owner of Truro Vineyards.

Shown (left to right): Michael Quinlan Jr. of Table & Vine, lead wine judge, Donna Martin of Mill River Winery, Milan Vujnic of Truro Vineyards, Larry Godard of Mineral Hills Winery, Kip Kumler of Turtle Creek Winery, John Samek of Hardwick Winery and Frank Puzio of First Crush Winery. Present but not shown, Bob Vozzella of La Cantina Winery.