Upper Bench Winery's Riesling won wine of the Year in the Lieutenant Governor Awards Thursday night.

Penticton winery wins wine of the year

Upper Bench Riesling is the winner of the Lieutenant Governor award

Upper Bench Winery wins wine of the year in the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards announced Thursday night.

The Naramata Bench winery’s Riesling was chosen as best wine by a panel of judges in September.

“We are so incredibly honoured and beyond proud to announce that our 2019 Riesling has just been awarded “Wine of the Year” at this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Awards,” said Upper Bench owners Shana and Gavin Miller last night.

“We are speechless to have received such a prestigious award. Thank you to the judges and congratulations to all the other winners tonight.”

Last year, Naramata Bench’s Deep Roots Syrah won. The awards ceremony was held virtually Thursday night.

After tasting over 740 wines, the judges awarded a record number of medals to 107 BC wineries that were recognized last night during a virtual award ceremony. Rafe Mair was also honoured with the annual Harry McWatters Founders Award. The award was given posthumously to Mair in recognition of his leadership in the creation of estate winery licenses in 1979.

While there were many people who helped promote the idea of smaller estate wineries, it was Mair in his capacity as Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs who brought the legislation forward to the Bennet government.

The top wines that received platinum medals were:

Lake Breeze Vineyards Riesling 2017

Tantalus Vineyards Old Vines Riesling 2017

O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars Riesling 2019

Arrowleaf Cellars Pinot Noir 2018

SpearHead Winery Pinot Noir Saddle Block 2018

SpearHead Winery Pinot Noir Cuvée 2018

Mission Hill Family Estate Perpetua 2018

Therapy Vineyards Chardonnay 2018

Terravista Vineyards Albariño 2019

Deep Roots Winery Parentage Red 2018

Nk’Mip Cellars Qwam Qwmt Syrah 2017

Laughing Stock Vineyards Syrah 2017

Moraine Estate Winery Syrah 2018

Three Sisters Winery Syrah 2018

Deep Roots Winery Syrah 2018

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