2022 WineMaker Competition Results

2022 WineMaker Competition Judging is Now Complete! April 22-24 a total of 1,772 wines were judged at Mt. Snow in West Dover, Vermont.

 355 wine flights

 886 total judging hours

 48 American states

 4 Canadian provinces

 5 countries

From April 22 to 24, 2022, a total of 1,772 different wines were judged at the Grand Summit Resort at Mt. Snow in West Dover, Vermont. This year’s competition was again the largest wine competition of its kind in the world.

This year’s competition was again the largest wine competition of its kind in the world. The 1,772 entries arrived from hobby winemakers living throughout North America in 48 American states and 4 Canadian provinces and as far away as Sweden. It continues to be the single largest and most diverse collection of hobby wines assembled annually under one roof. Over the course of three days, experienced judging panels worked through 355 flights, examining each wine using the UC-Davis 20-point wine scale evaluating appearance, aroma, taste, aftertaste and overall impression. The wines were entered in 50 different categories and included an astonishing array of varietals and wine styles. Kit wines competed alongside fresh-grape entries in this blind tasting. Entries were awarded gold, silver, bronze and best of show medals based on the average score given by the judging panel. The Gene Spaziani Grand Champion Wine award was the top overall scoring wine across all categories. The Club of the Year was given to the club whose members won the most medals and the Retailer of the Year and U-Vint of the Year awards were given to the winemaking supply stores whose customers outperformed other similar shops. Finally the Winemaker of the Year award was given to the individual entrant who has the highest average score across their top 5 scoring wines in the competition.

Click here to download a pdf of the winners:

Congratulations to everyone who won a medal, and a sincere thanks to our sponsors, Competition Director Ric Quental, Events Manager Jannell Kristiansen, our judges, competition volunteers,and of course everyone who took time to enter. Cheers and thanks for entering your wines!

Best of Show winners are listed below and the full winner’s list can be found here:

Special “Best of Show” awards will be presented thanks to our Award Sponsors:

Gene Spaziani Grand Champion Wine


Carmen Pietroniro • Stoney Creek, Ontario • 100% Estate Niagara Ontario Cabernet Franc Ice Wine 2020

WineMaker of the Year


Brian Cline •  Monroe, Wisconsin

Best of Show Red


Jim Todd and P.J. Rodrigues • Manteca, California • 69% Merlot, 31% Syrah 2018

Retailer of the Year


MoreWine! • Concord, California

Best of Show White



Ken Stafford • Plymouth, California • 100% Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2021

U-Vint of the Year



Tin Lizzie Wineworks • Clarksville, Maryland

Best of Show Dessert


Mike Dault • Edgewood, Kentucky • 95% Winexpert Aprés Raspberry Chocolate, 5% Brandy 2019

Club of the Year


Cincinnati Vintners Club • Ohio

Best of Show Country Fruit



Robert Joakimson and Rex Johnston • Concord, California
85% Red Raspberry, 15% Milano Chocolate 2021

Best of Show Mead


Stephen Shannon • Charlotte, North Carolina
45% Honey, 45% Apple, 4% Raisin, 3% Date, 3% Brown Sugar 2021

Best of Show Sparkling


Timothy Valdez • Colorado Springs, Colorado • 100% Sangiovese 2020

Best of Show Estate Grown

Kai Martinez • Barnesville, Minnesota • 75% Estate Petite Pearl,
20% Estate Crimson Pearl, 5% Estate Marquette 2021

Best of Show Kit/Concentrate


Jeff Kulp • Canton, Michigan • 100% Winexpert Aprés Riesling Ice Wine Style 2021

Category medals (gold, silver, and bronze) have been awarded thanks to our category sponsors:

1. White Native American Varietal
2. White Native American Blend
3. Red Native American Varietal
4. Red Native American Blend
5. Blush/Rosé Native American
6. Red or White Native American Late Harvest and Ice Wine
7. White French-American Hybrid Varietal
8.White French-American Hybrid Blend
9. Red French-American Hybrid Varietal
10. Red French-American Hybrid Blend
11. Blush/Rosé French-American Hybrid
12. Red or White French-American Late Harvest and Ice Wine
13. Chardonnay
14. Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
15. Gewürztraminer
16. Riesling
17. Sauvignon Blanc
18. Other White Vinifera Varietals
19. White Vinifera Bordeaux Style Blends
20. Other White Vinifera Blends
21. Cabernet Franc
Sponsor: Five Star Chemicals & Supply, Inc.
22. Cabernet Sauvignon
Sponsor: Vinmetrica
24. Shiraz/Syrah
Sponsor: Bader Beer and Wine Supply
25.Pinot Noir
26. Sangiovese
27. Zinfandel
28. Other Red Vinifera Varietals
29. Red Vinifera Bordeaux Style Blends
30. Other Red Vinifera Blends
Sponsor: Label Peelers Beer & Winemaking Supply
31. Blush/Rosé Red Vinifera
32. Red or White Vinifera Late Harvest and Ice Wine
33. White Table Wine Blend (Any Grape Varieties)
34. Red Table Wine Blend (Any Grape Varieties)
35. Blush Table Wine Blend (Any Grape Varieties)
36. Grape & Non-Grape Table Wine Blend
37. Apple or Pear Varietals or Blends
38. Hard Cider or Perry
39. Stone Fruit (Peach, Cherry, Blends, etc.)
40. Berry Fruit (Strawberry, Raspberry, Blends, etc.)
41. Other Fruits
42.Traditional Mead
43. Fruit Mead
Sponsor: Moonlight Meadery
44. Herb and Spice Mead
45. Flower or Vegetable
46. Port Style
47. Sherry Style
48. Other Fortified
49. Sparkling Grape, Dry/Semi-Dry or Sweet
50. Sparkling Non-Grape

E-mail competition@winemakermag.com with any questions about the competition.