Bonterra Organic Vineyards was named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast, making this the first-ever vintner dedicated to organic farming to receive this recognition. The award will be accepted by Fetzer Vineyards’ CEO Giancarlo Bianchetti during the Wine Enthusiast’s Star Awards ceremony in Florida on January 20, 2017. The publication also named Oregon’s Willamette Valley as the 2016 Wine Region of the Year during its annual Wine Star Awards.
Wine Spectator also released their Top 10 Wines of 2016 and ranked Lewis 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in first place. The list continues with second, Domaine Serene 2014 Chardonnay Reserve; third, Beaux Freres 2014 Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge; fourth, Chateau 2013 Climens; fifth, 2011 Produttori del Barbaresco; sixth, Orin Swift 2014 Machete; seventh, Ridge 2012 Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains; eighth, Antinori 2013 Toscano Tignanello; ninth, Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte 2013 Pessac-Leognon White; and tenth, Hartford Family 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel.