New Jersey's Plagido’s Winery Wins “Winery of the Year” for 2nd Consecutive Year
Plagido's Winery

Plagido’s Winery of Hammonton earned Winery of the Year honors for the second consecutive year in the annual New Jersey Wine Competition, which is organized for the Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA) by Dr. Gary Pavlis of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The competition, held in May, featured wines from 21 New Jersey wineries.

Governor's Cup Winners

The Governor’s Cup for Best Grape wine went to Fox Hollow Vineyards of Holmdel for their 2014 Cabernet Franc, which also won Best Vinifera wine. Terhune Orchards of Princeton won the Governor’s Cup for fruit wine for their non-vintage Blueberry wine and Sharrott Winery of Blue Anchor took home the Governor’s Cup for Best Dessert wine for their 2013 Wicked Port, which also won for Best Hybrid wine.

The Winery of the Year, Governor’s Cup and Best in Class awards will be presented to the wineries at a June event in Trenton, time and date to be arranged.

Winery of the Year

In winning Winery of the Year, Plagido’s Winery scored eight overall medals including a gold medal for the non-vintage Blackberry Vigoroso; four silver medals for their 2015 Cab Franc, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, non-vintage Concetta’s Casalinga and 2015 Cour d’Est; and three bronze medals for their non-vintage Chambourcin, 2015 Cab Franc/Merlot and non-vintage Niagara.

“What an honor it is to win this award for two straight years,” said Ollie Tomasello. “This is certainly a validation of all of the hard work and dedication by our family and staff to develop exceptional wine here at Plagido’s Winery.We invite all wine drinkers to come to Hammonton and visit our winery and experience the quality of our wines for themselves.”

Notable Awards

Other notable awards went to DiMatteo Vineyards of Hammonton winning Best American wine honors for their non-vintage Pasquale Red wine and Heritage Vineyards of Mullica Hill for Best Sparkling wine honors for their 2014 Brut. Sharrott Winery earned the most medals in the competition with twelve, including two gold, four silver and six bronze medals. Heritage Vineyards, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 Winery of the Year received ten medals, scoring eight silver and two bronze medals. Monroeville Vineyard and Winery in Monroeville took home ten medals, three silver and seven bronze. In addition to winning the Governor’s Cup for Best Fruit wine, Terhune Orchards also led all entrants with three gold medals winning for the non-vintage Harvest Blue, non-vintage Blossum White and non-vintage Just Peachy wines. Terhune Orchards totaled nine medals with three gold, two silver and four bronze.

The GSWGA is a coalition of nearly 50 wineries and vineyards across New Jersey, dedicated to raising the quality and awareness of New Jersey wine. For the complete list of medal winners in the New Jersey Wine Competition, click here.