Noni Bacca Winery ‘stomps’ the competition

The results from the 2016 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC) have been announced. The competition took place March 19 and 20 in Rochester, New York.

Noni Bacca Winery of Wilmington earned 25 medals, bringing their eight-year total in this competition to 136 medals to date. This year included two gold medals, 10 silver and 13 bronze. Noni Bacca Winery was second only to E&J Gallo, of Modesto, California, in numbers of entries and awards earned in 2016. This is proof-positive that there are world-class wines coming out of North Carolina.

Altogether, North Carolina wineries brought home 96 medals. The people of North Carolina and the North Carolina wine industry should take notice and be very proud.

Toni and Ken Incorvaia established Noni Bacca Winery in 2007 as a way to express and share their knowledge, creativity and passion for wine through offering tastings, classes and an inviting atmosphere for both wine novices and enthusiasts alike. The winery is dressed head-to-toe in 60 varieties of world-class artisan wines, all handcrafted and handled from fermentation to sealing by the Incorvaias.

The atmosphere is welcoming, non-judgmental, comfortable and fun — perfect for a social outing with friends or for an educational experience exploring the tastes of the diverse selection. “One of our goals is to be world-class wine producers,” said Toni and Ken Incorvaia, owners of Noni Bacca Winery. “We offer a world of wine to the visiting tourists and locals alike. Our passion for what we do is reflected in our product and our expansive wine sales are a direct reflection of that.”

This year’s competition was the largest yet, with 3,824 wines entered from 916 wineries located in 26 countries around the world, including six Canadian provinces, and all 50 states. Each wine entered was judged by an incredibly diverse group of 73 judges from around the globe who come to judge the best wines in the world. All the proceeds from the competition benefit a great cause, Camp Good Days and Special Times, an organization that sends terminally ill children and their families to camp for free.

North Carolina ranks 10th in both grape and wine production in the United States. The state’s wine industry continues to expand, and today is one of the United States’ five most visited state destinations for wine and culinary tourism.

North Carolina Winery & Vineyard winners and medals earned include:

Adagio Vineyards, Elkin – 1 Silver, 3 Bronze

Burntshirt Vineyards, Hendersonville – 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze

Daveste Vineyards, Troutman – 3 Bronze

Germanton Vineyard & Winery, Germanton – 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

Grove Winery, Gibsonville – 2 Silver

Herrera Vineyards, Dobson – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Honeygirl Meadery, Durham – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond – 2 Silver, 2 Bronze

Laurel Gray Vineyards, Hamptonville – 2 Silver, 2 Bronze

Mountain Brook Winery, Tryon – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Noni Bacca Winery, Wilmington – 2 Gold, 10 Silver, 13 Bronze

Owl’s Eye Vineyard and Winery, Shelby – 1 Silver, 2 Bronze

RayLen Vineyards, Mocksville – 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Round Peak Vineyards, Mount Airy – 1 Double Gold, 1 Silver

Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg – 3 Silver, 4 Bronze

Shadow Springs Vineyard, Hamptonville – 1 Bronze

Shelton Vineyards, Dobson – 2 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze

Sweet Home Carolina Vineyard & Winery, Yadkinville – 1 Gold, 3 Silver, 5 Bronze

Weathervane Winery, Lexington – 5 Silver, 1 Bronze

WoodMill Winery, Vale – 1 Silver

“The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition is the most elite wine competition that draws the most diverse entries of any wine competition,” said Lubos Barta, editor-in-chief of (CZ) Sommelier magazine. “The competition helps to boost recognition and sales of wines and wineries that enter, which is mutually benefitting.”

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20 North Carolina wineries receive 96 medals

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