The Top 10 Up and Coming Wine Companies of 2016Nat Berman 4 years ago

Newer and fruity wines are often accused of missing taste complexity or of having a slightly chemical flavour. Some of the newest wines are not polished or have an artificial taste, the traditionalists say. They’ve loved those that support the newer products. The trend towards newer fruity wines has therefore gained its own terminology. Traditionalists often refer to this as a new style of internationalism. Processes in wine making have changed as new vinners procure grapes from vineyards that they do not own or crush and blend with non-local area grapes. What all wine lovers now need to know is whether or not the newly trained winemakers and the new technology that they often use produce better tasting wines than their long-established conventional competitors. Eco-friendly productions and bottling take the place of time-honored techniques. Wine geeks everywhere note that overall wine quality appears to be improving. The trick is to find the wineries that often offer the very best quality in very small or minimal quantities. The ideal direction seems to be to stop the mass production. Also important is a willingness to seek out what traditionalists call New World wines, as fine new wines begin to emerge from these parts of the world. Wine enthusiasts note wines from Argentina Chile Australia New Zealand Canada and even Tahiti and China. American California wines in the United States continue to lead award winning lists. Wines from the nearby state of Washington and Canada also receive awards from prestigious competitions. Below is a list of noted wineries worldwide.

Two Paddocks New Zealand


It has developed into environmentally sustainable and organic wine-making. Proprietor Sam Neill notes that as much as possible a small but continuous stream of bottles makes its way to different locations around the world. A recent Riesling harvest from this winery won 5 stars and 95 points in competition. It is described as having a delicate bouquet of red apple and grapefruit with hints of lemon peel. A bottle would cost about $32. It’s dry and has a smooth palate. The winery’s made 150 Central Otago Riesling cases in 2015.

William Cole Vineyards Chile

The William Cole Vineyards sit in a valley nestled in the hills near the Pacific Ocean. The cold Humboldt Current flows through an Antarctic stream which provides the cooling moisture needed to produce Sauvignon Blanc Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The 130 hectares of vineyards are watered using drip irrigation and frost control systems to provide quality control. The vineyards are set to modern trellises. When the new canes start growing wires secure the new growth and protect the grape clusters. Each is individually tied. On their own plantation the family produces all of its grapes. Near picking keeps the grapes at their freshest. The winery has recently won awards for its 2014 Bell Pinot Noir Limited Edition, in addition to several other international Best in Class prizes.

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Arrowleaf sources of locally located grapes from four vineyards. The winery produces wines that use the best grape varieties in the region to concentrate on Pinot Noir and Bacchus. This allows the winery to offer reds as well as whites. Arrowleaf uses bottles and caps that shape neighboring state of Washington. The bottles are recycled, and lighter than conventional bottles in weight. This is why the production process is ecologically geared towards reducing emissions from transport and manufacturing. This is a family owned and operated company founded in 1986 by Joe and Margrit Zuppiger who immigrated from Switzerland. He had experience with dairy and fruit operations but needed a vineyard to be found. They focused on the emerging wine region of Okanagan with their son Manuel who trained as a winemaker in Switzerland. First opened in 2003, they presented their first vintages of reds in 2001 and whites in 2003. Notable wines with recent awards include Pinot Gris 2015 and Snow Tropics 2015. At the British Columbia Wine Awards and the International Wine Spirits Competition these two wines won awards.

Apricus Hill Australia

The location of Denmark is situated in west Australia on the south coast. There is where Apricus Hill was settled in 1995. It is located at 750 feet above sea level making it a prime example of a cool climate vineyard. It gains from breezes at the ocean and moist soil. James Halliday’s 2016 Wine Companion awarded Apricus Hill’s five-star wines which has been a notable achievement recently for this small family winery that produces in small quantities. The winery has also been included in the same publication as Top Ten Best New Wineries. The winery produces the following: 2015 Apricus Hill Merlot Rose 2014 Apricus Hill Chardonnay 2015 Apricus Hill Sauvignon 2015 Apricus Hill Semillon

The San Francisco Chronicle took over as sponsor of the wine tasting competition representing one of the largest metropolis. The 2000 shift from host Cloverdale to San Francisco was a historic one because it opened competition to eventually include Oregon Idaho Washington wineries and the entire state of California by the time the 2005 competition was held. By the year 2013 the competition was opened across the United States to wine-producing regions. In 2015 it entered 6,300 wines from wine companies representing more than 28 American states. This was a record year for entries. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has now become the world’s largest competition for American wines. A wide range of wineries and wines feature among the sweepstakes winners for the 2016 competition.

V. Sattui Winery

It takes time to grow a fine winery, without question. Generations can take it. In the case of the 2016 White Sweepstake Winner V. Sattui Winery the winery evolved to emerge as an award winning enterprise through several family members. It was founded in 1885 and enjoyed years of local success until 1920, when it was closed for Prohibition. It wasn’t until 1941 when the foundress Vittorio Sattui Dario Sattui’s great-grandson was born. The winery awaited his apprenticeship at Napa wineries until 1972 determined to restart the family winery. In 1976 the winery once again opened its doors. The winery purchased ground for growing grapes in 1985 and 1994. The winery has steadily added awards to its list from then until 2015. In 2016 it introduced to the market its 2014 Los Carneros Chardonnay. The 2014 Los Carneros Chardonnay was made from grapes grown at the source of the historic Henry Ranch and Huichica Chardonnay. The cool local climate is ideal for Chardonnay grapes. It was harvested between the 4th and 16th days of the month in 2013 September. Its 3.42 PH. It was matured in 50 percent seasoned wood for 9 months and 50 percent new French oak, fermented in barrels of French oak. The residual sugar content is 2.6 g / L, and is 14.6 in alcohol. It is a dry oaky wine, with tropical fruit touches. The current price is 38 dollars a bottle.

At the recent San Francisco Chronicle competition the 2013 Pinot Noir was the second Red Sweepstake Winner. It is currently selling for around $40 per bottle. Winners of the Sonnet Award: 2001 Pommard Clone 2002 Tondre’s Grapefield 2003 Kruse Vineyard 2003 Tondre’s Grapefield 2008 Muns Grapefield 2008 Tondre’s Grapefield 2012 Tondre’s Grapefield 2013 Muns Vineyard

Claar Cellars


Audrienne and Russell Claar developed their original farm in 1950 and planted the fir Its estate winery is currently owned by the Claar family. The family has developed premium vineyards on more than 120 hectares along the hillsides overlooking the Columbia River since their children took over in 1983. The hills are part of the White Bluffs region that has an ideal microclimate for high quality grape growing. The soil drains well and gathers heat for each growing season making the region well respected in Washington State as a prime vineyard area. The winery is LIVE and IOBC certified as Safe and Sustainable in Salmon. Their award winning Premium wines include Chardonnay Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc Riesling Merlot Syrah and Sangiovese. They plant new Petite Sirah Pinot Gris Malbec and Viognier too. Their 2013 Riesling named Ice Wine was the winner of the 2016 Dessert / Specialty Sweepstake. It sells for around $40 per bottle at this time. Winemaker Claar Cellars is Joe Hudon who has worked at wineries in New Zealand California and Washington, Australia. He holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Washington State University. He also holds a degree in oenology from Adelaide University. He exemplifies the newest generation of winemakers who have come to the industry through educational experiences and hands on apprenticeship with established wineries in his third year at Claar. FacebookAt the recent San Francisco Chronicle competition the 2013 Pinot Noir was the second Red Sweepstake Winner. It is currently selling for around $40 per bottle. Winners of the Sonnet Award: 2001 Pommard Clone 2002 Tondre’s Grapefield 2003 Kruse Vineyard 2003 Tondre’s Grapefield 2008 Muns Grapefield 2008 Tondre’s Grapefield 2012 Tondre’s Grapefield 2013 Muns Vineyard

Claar Cellars


Audrienne and Russell Claar developed their original farm in 1950 and planted the fir Its estate winery is currently owned by the Claar family. The family has developed premium vineyards on more than 120 hectares along the hillsides overlooking the Columbia River since their children took over in 1983. The hills are part of the White Bluffs region that has an ideal microclimate for high quality grape growing. The soil drains well and gathers heat for each growing season making the region well respected in Washington State as a prime vineyard area. The winery is LIVE and IOBC certified as Safe and Sustainable in Salmon. Their award winning Premium wines include Chardonnay Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc Riesling Merlot Syrah and Sangiovese. They plant new Petite Sirah Pinot Gris Malbec and Viognier too. Their 2013 Riesling named Ice Wine was the winner of the 2016 Dessert / Specialty Sweepstake. It sells for around $40 per bottle at this time. Winemaker Claar Cellars is Joe Hudon who has worked at wineries in New Zealand California and Washington, Australia. He holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Washington State University. He also holds a degree in oenology from Adelaide University. He exemplifies the newest generation of winemakers who have come to the industry through educational experiences and hands on apprenticeship with established wineries in his third year at Claar. Facebook

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