2017 Pinot Gris wins Top Honours again!

Okanagan Falls, BC – April 17, 2018

Who says lightning cannot strike twice?  Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery is proud to announce that it has won Best of Show at the 2018 Cascadia Wine Competition held recently in Washington State, for its 2017 Pinot Gris. Last year Wild Goose won best of show for the same variety, except it was the 2016 vintage.

Winemaker Hagen Kruger was ecstatic when he heard the news.  “Words cannot express how excited we are here at Wild Goose!  My winemaking team of Tanya and Nikolas did an amazing job bringing this wine together.  We have been talking about this Pinot Gris since last fall, how fantastic it was.  All of our growers did a terrific job in growing some of the best Pinot Gris in the Pacific Northwest.  We could not do it without them!”

Hagen also went on to say, “I am sure the judges had a difficult time making this decision, however, we are so excited about this wine being produced here in the Pacific Northwest and excited for all the wineries here in the Okanagan.  Pinot Gris is certainly becoming a benchmark wine for our growing region”

Wild Goose also had the remarkable accolade of winning best Pinot Noir for their Wild Goose 2016 Pinot Noir, and top Gewurztraminer for their 2017 Mystic River Gewurztraminer, one of Wild Goose’s single vineyard wines grown north of Oliver, BC.  The Wild Goose 2017 Gewurztraminer, from the home vineyard in Okanagan Falls, was also awarded a Gold medal.

General Manager Roland Kruger was also thrilled about these recent results, “Wow! I am at a loss for words.  To win 2 years in a row is quite an accomplishment.  From over one thousand wines entered we are very grateful to everyone who helped in putting these wines together, it is truly a team effort.  We are also very pleased at the result of our Pinot Noir as we have been working our red program over the last few years and it is great to see the recognition for these stunning wines”.

The Pinot Gris is now available at the winery, website store, and retailers throughout BC.  Distribution is being finalized for retailers south of the border. Distribution into Alberta will begin in the next few weeks.

The Cascadia Wine Competition, operated by Great Northwest Wine, is the largest judging of Pacific Northwest wine staged in the U.S., and an international panel of 21 experts spent three days evaluating 1,012 wines using fruit from Washington, Oregon, Idaho or British Columbia.

Cascadia release: http://greatnorthwestwine.com/2018/04/16/wild-goose-vineyards-pinot-gris-repeats-as-cascadia-best-of-show/

2016 Pinot Gris wins Top Honours

Wild Goose Vineyards is thrilled to announce that its 2016 Pinot Gris took top honours at last week’s 5th Annual Cascadia Wine Competition held in Hood River, Oregon with “Best in Class”, “Best White Wine” and the ultimate prize “Best in Show”, topping the 948 entries.

In addition to the “Best in Show” for the Pinot Gris, Wild Goose wines garnered 8 gold medals, including three best in class awards and 4 double gold medals, covering the 2016 Gewurztraminer, 2016 Mystic River Gewurztraminer, 2015 Red Horizon Meritage, 2016 God’s Mountain Riesling, 2016 Riesling, 2016 Rosé, and 2016 Autumn Gold.

“We are beyond thrilled” said Winemaker Hagen Kruger. “It was truly a team effort, from the vineyards right through to putting the wines into the bottle. This was also the last vintage my father ever experienced and a great tribute to him! We could not be happier.”

Long time organizers of the competition and Washington based wine writers, Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue, said “This marks the first time a Walla Walla Washington wine has not taken the Best in Show award.”

The Cascadia Wine Competition has been held for the last 5 years in Oregon State and invites wines from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia to compete. The 21 judges from across the US and Canada and from varying roles within the wine industry, including journalists, Master of Wine and other winemakers. One wine journalist from California posted on social media: “Let the countdown begin: How long before we see the headline: Okanagan Falls – The Next Napa?” In total BC wineries amassed 45 gold medals.


2nd Annual Beale Street Festival @ Wild Goose Vineyards

Wild Goose is at it again with their 2nd Annual Beale Street Festival. Happening October 10 from 12:00 – 6:00pm the annual festival will be a tribute to the popular Memphis based Beale Street Music Festival. Taking on a true festival theme, the event will feature an Artesian Market complete with craft, food, and beverage vendors in addition to four live bands playing on the Vineyard Stage.

“We’re thrilled to cap off our 25th Anniversary celebrations with the Beale Street Festival.”, says General Manager and Co-Owner Roland Kruger, “It’s going to be an amazing day, Sherman Doucette is bringing an all-star lineup of Blues legends including Juno award winning Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, former BB King bass player Russel B. Jackson, Vancouver piano-man Doc Fingers, and Charlie Jacobson on guitar. Our Smoke & Oak Bistro will be serving up delicious BBQ from our Tennessee smoker and we’ll be pouring our award winning Wild Goose wines alongside Bad Tattoo beers and Howling Moon Craft Cider. Being a family friendly event we’ll also have face painting, non-alcoholic drinks, art, and locally made products. There’s something for everyone; you won’t find a better event for $15.”

Performers include:

  • Headliner: Sherman Doucette Quartet
  • Opening band: Blues Boyz

–          Youth talent: Beamer Wigley and Mason Burns

Confirmed vendors include, more to be announced soon:

Date: Saturday October 10, 2015

Time: 12:00 – 6:00pm

Cost: $15 includes a souvenir wine glass; kids under 12 are free

Location: Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery, 2145 Sun Valley Way, Okanagan Falls, BC

Purchase Tickets: online wildgoosewinery.com, call 250.497.8919, visit the tasting room at Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery


Media contact: Roland Kruger, General Manager & Co-Owner, Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery Email: info@wildgoosewinery.com      Website: www.wildgoosewinery.com    Phone: 250.497.8919

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