Local winery has now won 46 medals just since 2011; 2011 Chardonnay wins gold
EAST MARLBOROUGH — Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery in just won 10 medals in international and national blinded wine competitions in the Finger Lakes, N.Y. and Sonoma, Ca., bringing its total to 46 prestigious medal awards since 2011, the first year of operation for the winery.
At the 2013 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, wineries from every USA state and 21 foreign countries entered over 3500 wines and Galer Estate was awarded 6 medals:
- 1 Gold Medal for their 2011 Chardonnay Reserve,
- 3 Silver Medals for their 2010 Red Reserve (Bordeaux Blend), 2011 Cabernet Franc Ice Wine, and 2011 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, and
- 2 Bronze Medals for their 2011 White Huntress Blend and 2011 Albarino.
At the International Eastern Wine Competition in Sonoma California, Galer Estate was awarded
- 2 Silver Medals for their 2010 Red Reserve and 2011 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, and
- 1 Bronze Medal for their 2011 Albarino.
Galer Estate’s 2011 Chardonnay Reserve won a Silver Medal at the U.S. National Wine Competition.
“Being judged by panels comprised of the most experienced wine industry people in the world and winning such awards against such incredibly well known wineries from Napa and Sonoma, France, Italy, and New Zealand, is extremely rewarding,” said winery co-founder Brad Galer. “After the years of planting the vineyards and building the winery, such recognition is truly a dream come true.”
Made all the better by winning using local grapes grown in the soils of Chester County.
“We have worked hard to bring quality wine growing and wine making to Chester County,” his wife and winery co-founder Lele Galer said. “We owe our success to our Galer Estate family, including Jan Grimes our vineyard manager and Catrina North, our winemaker, as well as our consultants John Levenberg and Lucie Morton and everyone who has worked so hard in the vineyard and in the sales area. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful team of people working with us.
“Everyone in the local wine community has also been so helpful and welcoming – this has been an extraordinarily positive and rewarding experience for us, and we are completely thrilled to be winning awards for doing something that we love – how great is that?! This really is a great area to be making wine. Cheers to our amazing team and cheers to Chester County!”
The winery’s tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday this summer 4-7pm, or by appointment. Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery wines can be found at their winetasting room at 700 Folly Hill Road Kennett Square PA and at local restaurants, including 1906 Restaurant at Longwood Gardens, Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square, Brandywine Prime in Chadds Ford, High Street in West Chester and at Talula’s Garden and the Jet Bar in Philadelphia. Galer Estate wines will also be available at Philadelphia airport’s Vino Vollo this summer.
At the incredibly popular Longwood Wine and Jazz Festival on June 1, the Galers say they are are honored to have been chosen to be the winery in the Education Tent, where their wines will be paired with various food choices by the chef at 1906 restaurant at Longwood Gardens. The Galers will be on hand to talk about their wines and famous wine critic Hudson Austin will lecture on the taste of wine.
Space for the event is limited, and there will be three pairings during the day.