, NE (PressExposure) May 18, 2009 -- Nebraskaâs countryside is splattered with vineyards and wineries, and the industry continues to grow with around 600 acres of grapes thriving in the Nebraska sun. To date there are 22 bonded wineries in the state; many of these wineries are home to some of the best vintners in the world. Yes the world!
At last count, about 10 Nebraska wineries were competing nationally and internationally in wine making competitions. Thus far this year, competitions such as the Florida State Fair International Wine Competition, the National Womenâs Wine Competition, Grand Harvest, New World International and the internationally recognized Finger Lakes International Wine Competition have proven that, indeed, Nebraska wines are top notch.
In the first 4 months of 2009, Nebraska wines have earned 7 Gold, 12 Silver and 21 Bronze medals. Wines from across the state have stood up in competition to the more commonly known names of J.Lohr, Gallo Family, Moonstone and Hess Collection. These vintners are competing against hundreds of bigger and older winery families; and they are doing it with great success.
Nebraska can boast, not only about these talented wine makers, but the fact that Nebraska wine is made with at least 75% of Nebraska grape juice. Not all states have these strict limitations. So, Nebraska wine is truly thatâ¦ a Nebraska, home grown, product. âWe are proud of wine makers, are vineyard managers and our ability to promote Nebraska agriculture this way,â Carey Potter, executive director of the Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers said.
To promote these outstanding wines, the NWGGA is again sponsoring the 2009 Passport Wine Tour. which is going on now. Nebraskans and tourists alike are encouraged to visit a Nebraska winery and to taste our award winning wines. More information can be found at http://www.nebraskawines.com