Texas Hill Country Wineries Garner More High Medals than Ever Before in the 2023 Texsom Wine Awards, More Winners Statewide, Too!

I hope that all you VintageTexas readers have had a nice long holiday weekend and are ready for some good news about Texas wines. Well, here goes… The Good News:

Texas Hill Country Wineries brought home a total of 64 medals at the 2023 TEXSOM International Wine Awards. Texas wines in general performed extremely well in the competition, taking home 168 awards. 17 Texas Hill Country Wineries members won medals this year.

The backstory to the current Texas wine successes in the 2023 Texsom wine competition is that for the past ten years, the number of high awards granted to Texas wines that steadily increased. The Texsom competition is one of the most critically acclaimed wine competitions with its high percentage of Master Sommeliers and Masters of Winer who evaluate the wines in the competition. The competition in the judging is tough with over 2,300 wines blind-tasted and judged by 42 renowned tastemakers from across the country last month. See below the list of highest winners in this year’s competition:

One wine won the Judge’s Selection Medal

Lost Draw CellarsPinot Meunier, Petillant Naturel,
Letkemen Family Vineyard

Three wines received Platinum Medals

Duchman Family WineryMontepulciano, Oswald Vineyard
Hilmy CellarsCabernet Franc
Wedding Oak WineryTioja

Five wines earned Gold Medals

Becker VineyardsPrairie Rotie
Bent Oak WineryAglianico
Dry Comal Creek VineyardsDolcetto
Messina Hof WineryMerlot, Private Reserve
Spicewood VineyardsThe Independence

Additionally, 22 wines won Silver Medals and 33 garnered Bronze Medals. 

Texas Hill Country Wineries members continue to showcase the quality coming out of our state at the TEXSOM Awards,” says January Wiese, Executive Director, Texas Hill Country Wineries. “From Pet Nat to Viognier to Montepulciano to Tempranillo, there is a huge diversity of award- winning wines, thanks to a broad spectrum of passionate winemakers in our great state.

You can view the full list of Texas Hill Country Wineries member winners here.

Texas is the fifth-largest wine-producing state in the U.S., with the Texas Hill Country AVA being the third largest in the nation. For additional information on Texas Hill Country Wineries and member wineries, please visit www.TexasWineTrail.com.

The Texas Hill Country Wineries is a non-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes Texas Wines. The THCW contributes to the quality of life in and around the Texas Hill Country through its nationally recognized wine trails and events. Representing over 60 unique and independent wineries, THCW is committed to promoting industry advancement and consumer awareness through event and agricultural programs.

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