Keuka Spring awarded Best White Wine in America

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Len Wiltberger, owner of Keuka Spring Vineyards, holds a bottle of their 2011 Riesling awarded Best White Wine.

Keuka Spring Vineyards' 2011 Riesling was selected as the Sweepstakes White Wine Winner in the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

The competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world and is widely recognized as being one of the most prestigious in the country. The Keuka Spring Riesling was judged among 2,000 white wines of all varieties and 5,500 total entries. In 2010, their 2008 Gewurztraminer also received recognition as the Best White Wine in America.

"We're really excited to have received this award for a second time," says Len Wiltberger, owner of Keuka Spring Vineyards, adding, "Our focus on producing top-quality, cool climate, aromatic white wines has been a part of our winery since our first vintage in 1985. Our Riesling has a record of consistent outstanding recognition throughout the development and growth of interest in Riesling from the area. We are proud to be a part of building an international reputation for Finger Lakes Riesling."

Keuka Spring Riesling wines have earned 10 consecutive years of Double Gold and Gold Medal awards in competitions, including 3 Best in Class Awards. The 2011 Riesling awarded in San Francisco also received a Chairman's Award from Riverside International Wine Competition.

Of the six wines that won sweepstakes awards at this year's competition, Keuka Spring Vineyards' Riesling was the only one made outside of California.

In addition to the Riesling award, Keuka Spring took home a Gold Medal for its 2011 Vignoles at the competition. More information on the competition is available at

The 2011 Riesling is available through Keuka Spring Vineyards' web site and tasting room in limited quantities.

The winery overlooks Keuka Lake at 243 Route 54, East Lake Road, Penn Yan.

Keuka Spring owners Len and Judy Wiltberger have been committed to producing premium wines since 1985.

For more information on the 2011 Riesling and other award-winning wines, please visit KeukaSpringWinery. com or call 315-536-3147.