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Cedar Valley Wine Awards and News Events

 

Cedar Valley Winery Named Iowa Winery of the Year at 2014 New York International Wine Competition

July 25, 2014

NewYorkWineCompetition-300x300For the second year in a row, Cedar Valley Winery, located in Batavia, Iowa, was named the Iowa Winery of the Year at the 2014 New York International Wine Competition (NYIWC).  Winemaker, Seth Miller noted that “unlike many other competitions”, only 30% of the entries received awards.  Miller continued, “Therefore, when there are nearly 1000 submissions from all over the US plus 30 countries, winning an award is prestigious recognition for Cedar Valley Winey and special for all of our employees “. Not only did Cedar Valley receive Iowa Winery of the Year, but the boutique winery also received a bronze award for their popular Red Tie Affair.  This is the fourth year this competition has been held with an impressive list of judges from restaurants, distributors and retail stores.   Cedar Valley Winery planted its’ first grapes in 2002 and the winery opened in 2009.  With 7 grape varieties, Cedar Valley takes pride in producing Iowa wines from grapes grown at their vineyard.  Cedar Valley wines are available for purchase at the winery, online or at a number of retailers throughout Iowa.  For more information about their wines and events, go to www.cedarvalleywine.com.

 

Cedar Valley Winery Wins A Silver Medal at the 2014 New York Finger Lakes Wine Competition

May 6, 2014

Foch RoseCedar Valley Winery, located in Batavia, Iowa, took home a silver award at the 2014 New York Finger Lakes Wine Competition located in Rochester, New York.  It was the 14th year of competition with 75 judges, all with national and international credentials, from multiple markets in Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the United States and other wine regions of the world.   In perhaps their tightest competition ever, the Finger Lakes International Judges sampled over 3,700 wines with entries from 20 countries, 50 states, and 6 provinces in Canada.  Cedar Valley Winery received its Silver Medal award for its red wine, Foch Rose¢.  The Maréchal Foch grape is bottled and grown at the family owned Iowa vineyard. This semi-sweet, light bodied wine has quickly become a favorite for many people.

What started out in 2002, as a small 1.5 acre vineyard, Cedar Valley Winery has now grown to more than 6 acres in size.  This southeast Iowa winery began producing wine in 2007 from grapes grown exclusively from its vineyard and the winery officially opened its doors to the public on July 4, 2009.  Focusing on quality, Cedar Valley Winery’s vineyard and winery produce estate grown and estate bottled wines with an annual wine production of approximately 2,500 gallons.  The vineyard and winery are open to the public Monday through Friday 1-6 p.m., Saturdays 10-5 p.m.  and Sundays 1-5 p.m. .  Visit www.cedarvalleywine.com for information about their tasting room, winery events, retail wine tastings and to find your local Cedar Valley wine retailer.

Cedar Valley Wine Awards and News Events

August 12, 2013

Double Gold At State Fair Wine AwardCedar Valley Winery Wins A Double Gold At State Fair

Cedar Valley Winery, located in Batavia, Iowa, took home one of six Double Gold awards with its red wine Red Tie Affair at the 2013 Iowa State Fair. Double gold status is given only to those wines that receive two golds from both panels in the Iowa Wine Commercial Competition. Prior to the start of the fair, two panels of judges conducted blind tastings of 80 wines entered by 15 Iowa wineries. Samples of Double Gold wines are available in Grandfather’s Barn from 5 to 7 p.m. every day of the fair.

In addition to the Double Gold award, Cedar Valley Winery’s Vignoles and Chambourcin wines received Silver awards, and its Chardonel received a Bronze award. Cedar Valley Winery was also recently named Iowa Winery of the Year at the 2013 New York International Wine Competition.

Cedar Valley Winery features French and American hybrid varieties that produce high quality wines. In 2002, a small 1.5 acre vineyard was established, which has grown to more than 6 acres in size, spanning over southeast Iowa’s beautiful countryside. Cedar Valley Winery began producing wine in 2007 from grapes grown exclusively from its vineyard and the winery officially opened its doors to the public on July 4, 2009. Focusing on quality, Cedar Valley Winery’s vineyard and winery produce estate grown and estate bottled wines with an annual wine production of approximately 2,000 gallons, which continues to increase each year. The vineyard and winery are open to the public Monday through Friday 1-6 p.m. and on Saturdays 10-5 p.m. Visit our Retail outlets page to find local store that carry our Cedar Valley wines.

 

July 3, 2013

New York Wine CompetitionCedar Valley Winery Named Iowa Winery of the Year at 2013 New York International Wine Competition

Cedar Valley Winery, located in Batavia, Iowa, was recently named the Iowa Winery of the Year at the 2013 New York International Wine Competition (NYIWC).  Winemaker, Seth Miller, was honored by this prestigious recognition and the bronze medal awarded to the winery’s estate grown and estate bottled Vignoles wine. Miller noted that “unlike many other competitions, only 30% of the entries received awards.  We are thrilled that our Vignoles stood out from the crowd.” The 2013 competition received close to 1,000 entries from the United States and over 30 countries from all over the world. You can download a full awards report on New York International Wine Competition. The NYIWC Winners Circle, scheduled for September 30, 2013, will offer opportunities for award winning wines to be featured at various events open to the public.  Cedar Valley wines are available for purchase online.

 

Winery has room for expansion

By MATT MILNER Courier staff writer
July 20, 2009 12:56 pm

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— BATAVIA — Calling it the Cedar Valley is a bit of a stretch, really.

Yes, the Cedar Creek runs right on the edge of the vineyard. And it is true that hills rise on either side of the property. But the change in elevation is maybe 50 feet.

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Our Seyval Receives A Medal!

July 12, 2009

THE 2009 DMACC MID-AMERICAN WINE COMPETITION AWARDS 420 MEDALS FROM 636 WINE ENTRIES

Cedar Valley Winery of Batavia, Iowa received a bronze medal in the Third Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Ankeny, IA Campus.

 

ff ledger article 7-2-09

Brothers open winery near Batavia

By SARA RHUM
Ledger Lifestyles editor
Published: Thursday, July 2, 2009 7:51 PM CDT

Seth and Steve Miller are co-owners of the winery with their parents David and Pam Miller. David and Pam Miller also own the property of the winery and vineyard.


BATAVIA — What began in 2001 as 1.5 acres of grapes in rural Batavia has now become Cedar Valley Winery, and owners Seth and Steve Miller and their parents David and Pam Miller are putting together some last-minute details before the grand opening Saturday.

The idea for the winery started in 2001 when Seth Miller began attending wine conferences while in law school at Iowa State University. Iowa State University now has workshops, classes and professors specifically for wine. The university has a wine lab and is able to run chemical tests on wine samples to pinpoint any problems or inconsistencies. “The Iowa wine industry has really been emerging,” said Seth Miller. The growth in Iowa wine production has been so great that from 1999 through 2007, the number of wineries in the state increased from 13 to 67. Also, Iowa is currently ranked as No. 14 in the nation for wine production in gallons and No. 23 for grape production.

The Cedar Valley Winery hopes to distinguish itself from the other Iowa wineries by establishing a sound reputation for dry wines. It is currently listed on the Scenic Rivers Wine Trail, which includes wineries in the tri-state area. Currently, Cedar Valley has six acres of grapes planted with seven different types of grapes to produce seven different types of wine. Eventually, the Millers would like to have 10 acres planted. The grapes
themselves are unique to the area and are more commonly found at Missouri wineries, but are far enough in the southern region of the state that they are unlikely to die because of cold temperatures.

“We’ve tasted the wines from these grapes, and it’s what we prefer,” said Miller. “This last winter was a good test for them, and we didn’t lose any part of the vineyard due to cold.”

Maintaining the grapes takes time, and each vine needs maintenance approximately seven or eight times each year. Harvest takes place in September and October. During harvest, the Millers and their helpers might start each day at 6 a.m. and work until mid-afternoon. They have to select a grape type, harvest all the grapes from that type and ferment the grapes at the same time to ensure consistent taste and proper fermentation. Approximately 15-20 people help harvest the grapes each year, and about four or five people help with processing.

The grapes are fermented for seven to 10 days and then aged in bulk for six months to a year. Red wines are aged longer than white wines.

For the complete article, see the Thursday, July 2, 2009, print edition of The Fairfield Ledger.
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