Wine Align’s National Wine Awards were recently released and one winery, Road 13 Vineyards, in Oliver, BC, took away a major load of awards for their wines, and in the process were named Wine Align’s Top Canadian Winery. Congratulations to Road 13 Vineyards. I was lucky to visit Road 13 Vineyards in June and tasted through most of their wines with winery owner Mick Luckhurst. Here is my review of Road 13 Vineyards’ recent wines.
Below is a press release from Road 13 Vineyards about their Wine Align National Wine awards. Enjoy.
Fifteen Medal Wins Include Platinum for the 2016 Roussanne
Oliver, B.C. – Road 13 Vineyards toasts to the coveted title of #1 Winery in Canada to ten years of consecutive titles as a Top Ten Winery in Canada at the National Wine Awards of Canada which has been managed by Wine Align since 2013. The family-owned winery is elated with a platinum win amongst the 15 medals awarded and the titles of number one winery in both British Columbia and Canada.
Road 13 Vineyards is the only winery in Canada to win both platinum and a top-ten national spot for six consecutive years. Road 13 boasts nine platinum medal wins since their induction into the awards in 2013 – double that of any competing winery across the nation.
This year marked the largest showing with 1,850 entries from 257 different wineries from seven provinces. Road 13 Vineyards was awarded platinum for the 2016 Roussanne. Fourteen additional medals were awarded to wines within the Road 13 Vineyards portfolio of red, white, sparkling and rosé wines including eight gold, two silver and four bronze. No other winery has received as many gold medals within a single year since 2013.
“We are so delighted with this win,” shares Managing Partner Joseph Luckhurst. “Our team’s tireless dedication to excellence has really paid off, as has following our passion for Rhone-style wines.” Road 13 Vineyards has turned their focus to Rhone-style varietals of late with real success. The Rhone varietals have consistently shown the highest quality of fruit in the vineyards and reflect characteristics of old world complexity and new world fruit intensity. “A platinum medal for the 2016 Roussanne is proof of our understanding of the best way to express our distinctive terroir in the glass.”
Award Highlights Include:
Platinum – Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Roussanne
Gold – Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Syrah
Silver – Road 13 Vineyards 2016 GSM
Bronze – Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Jackpot Syrah
Held annually in June, the National Wine Awards of Canada (NWAC) are only open to wines grown and produced in Canada. The goal of ‘The Nationals’ is to expose Canadian wine drinkers to the best in Canadian wines. With no price restrictions, each winery has the opportunity to compete with the best wines in the country.
For more winery information, visit www.road13vineyards.com.
About Road 13 Vineyards
Road 13 Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located on the Golden Mile Bench in Oliver, BC. The winery has a short yet colourful past and continually receives ongoing critical acclaim for making white, red and rosé varietals that are a quintessential expression of Okanagan Valley terroir. Accolades continue to pour in for Road 13 Vineyards who claim the success is “All About the Dirt.” In 2018, Road 13 Vineyards took both Canada and BC’s top winery spot in Canada Wine Align’s National Wine Awards having maintained a spot in Wine Align’s top 10 for the past ten years.