Commissioners Cup

The 2022 Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition & Commissioner’s Cup will take place in November.

Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition

With a goal of public awareness and education through promotion and recognition, the Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition & Commissioner’s Cup is the quintessential yearly guide to the best wines produced throughout the state. Eligible only to licensed Kentucky Small Farm Wineries, the KCCWC&CC assembles panels of expert judges comprised of industry leaders to systematically assess and score entries.

Judging

  • Judging of each individual wine is based on personal merit and is not judged comparatively against other wines placed in the same flight. Judging is based on clarity, varietal typicity, integration, expressiveness, complexity and connectedness.
  • All wines are judged blind. Each wine is only identified to judges by a computer generated number placed on the base of the tasting glass. Judges are provided with scoring sheets that contain the generated number of the wine and the varietal/blend (i.e. 421- Cabernet Sauvignon) and residual sugar.
  • All flights are staged in a separate room and delivered to the judge’s room.

Commissioner’s Cup

Sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the Commissioner’s Cup is the highest recognition awarded in the Commonwealth to the top Kentucky wine of the year in each of the following categories: Dry Red Wine (max 0.2% RS), Dry White Wine (max 0.2% RS), Rose/Blush, Sweet/Dessert Style/Fruit Wine and Boutique (Small Production) Wine.

In order to be eligible for the Commissioner’s Cup, a wine must be awarded a gold medal in the Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition and must be produced from a minimum of 75% Kentucky fruit. Additionally, we request that a minimum of 100 cases be available for sale to the general public for Dry Red Wine, Dry White Wine Rose/Blush and Sweet/Dessert Style/Fruit Wine categories. Any gold medal winning wine under the 100 case minimum will be eligible for entry in the Commissioner’s Cup under the Boutique (Small Production) Wine category.

Every Commissioner Cup qualifying wine is tasted and individually scored. Scores are tallied and the highest scoring wine in each class is awarded as a Commissioner’s Cup Winning Wine.

The Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition & Commissioner’s Cup is funded through the generosity of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. The fund is a product of the 1998 Master Tobacco Settlement between cigarette manufacturers and 46 states, including Kentucky. The fund is directed by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and administered by the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy.

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Previous years awards

2021 Commissioner’s Cup Wines:

Best Rosé/Blush Wine: Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery, Chambourcin Rosé, 2021
Best Red Wine: Talon Winery, Crimson Cabernet, 2017
Best White Wine: Talon Winery, Sweet Evening Breeze, NV
Best Sweet/Dessert/Fruit Wine: Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery, Amy’s Apple Pie, 2019
Best Boutique Wine: Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery, Four Horsemen, 2021

2021 Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition

2021 Results by Medal

2021 Results by Winery


2020 Commissioner’s Cup Wines:

Best Rosé/Blush Wine: Talon Winery, Bluegrass Blush, NV
Best Red Wine: Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery, Kunze’s Reserve, 2017
Best White Wine: Silver Springs Farm Eqwine & Vineyard, Black Type Reserve, Sparkling Traminette, 2017
Best Sweet/Dessert/Fruit Wine: Prodigy Vineyards & Winery, Vidal Blanc Semi-Sweet, 2018
Best Boutique Wine: Reid’s Livery & Winery, Traminette, 2018

2020 Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition

2020 Results by Medal

2020 Results by Winery


2019 Commissioner’s Cup Wines:

Best Rosé/Blush Wine: StoneBrook Winery, Sunset Blush, NV
Best Red Wine: StoneBrook Winery, Cabernet Franc, NV
Best White Wine: Brianza Gardens & Winery, Vidal Blanc, 2018
Best Sweet/Dessert/Fruit Wine: Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery, Amy’s Apple Pie, NV
Best Boutique Wine: Up the Creek Winery, Stormy Blues, NV

2019 Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition

2019 Results by Medal

2019 Results by Winery


2018 Commissioner’s Cup Wines:

Best Rosé/Blush Wine: StoneBrook Winery, Dry Rosé, NV
Best Red Wine: Wildside Winery, Cabernet Franc, NV
Best Sweet/Dessert/Fruit Wine: Prodigy Vineyards & Winery, Vidal Blanc, 2017
Best Boutique Wine: Up the Creek Winery, Burley Blend II, 2016

2018 Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition

2018 Results by Medal

2018 Results by Winery


2017 Commissioner’s Cup Wines:

Best Rose’/Blush Wine: Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery, Pink Diamond, 2016
Best Red Wine: Prodigy Vineyards & Winery, Chambourcin, 2013
Best Sweet/Dessert/Fruit Wine: Brianza Gardens and Winery, Sweet Bottom White, 2016
Best Boutique Wine: Reid’s Livery Winery,Traminette, 2016

2017 Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition

2017 Results by Medal

2017 Results by Winery


2016 Commissioner’s Cup Wines:

Best White Wine: Atwood Hill Winery, Estate Vidal Blanc
Best Rose’/Blush Wine: Equus Run Vineyards, Bluegrass Bubbles Blush
Best Red Wine: Rising Sons Winery, Cataldo’s Salute, 2012
Best Sweet/Dessert/Fruit Wine: Baker-Bird Winery, Silver Swallow
Best Boutique Wine: Cave Hill Vineyard & Winery, Reserve Chambourcin, 2014

2016 Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition

2016 Results by Medal

2016 Results by Winery


2015 Commissioner’s Cup Wines:

Best Dry Red Wine: Prodigy Vineyards & Winery Chambourcin, 2009
Best Sweet/Dessert Style/Fruit Wine: Purple Toad Winery “Allen’s Blueberry,” NV
Best Boutique (Small Production) Wine: Up the Creek Winery “Gold Rush,” 2013

2015 Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition

2015 Results by Medal

2015 Results by Winery


2014 Commissioner’s Cup Wines:

Best Dry Red Wine: Old 502 Winery Bourbon Barrel Red
Best Dry White Wine: Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery Vignoles
Best Rose/Blush Wine: StoneBrook Winery Dry Rose 2013
Best Sweet/Dessert Style/Fruit Wine: Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery “Pine Creek Summer,”
Best Boutique (Small Production) Wine: Baker-Bird Winery, “Kentucky Black Barrel,” 2012

2014 Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition Complete Results:

Results by Medal

Results by Winery


2013 Commissioner’s Cup Wines:

Best Dry Red Wine: Wildside Winery Reserve Chambourcin 2009
Best Dry White Wine: Harkness Edwards Vineyards “Taste the Sun” Vidal Blanc 2012
Best Sweet/Dessert Style/Fruit Wine: Purple Toad Winery “Paducah Peach”
Best Boutique (Small Production) Wine: Reid’s Livery Winery Black Raspberry 2011

2013 Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition Complete Results:

Results by Medal

Results by Winery

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