The Central Coast Wine Competition has presented its first Winery of the Year award to Hearst Ranch Winery.
The new award “seeks to recognize the winery which presented the most exceptional selection of wines at the Central Coast Wine Competition,” according to a news release.
To be picked 2011 Winery of the Year, wineries had to have at least five entries and a certain ratio of entries to the number of medals earned, as well as overall number of gold medals.
Hearst Ranch Winery entered six wines this year, winning three gold and two silver medals.
The winery’s winning vintages include its 2010 Glacier Ridge Chardonnay and its 2009 Three Sisters Cuvee.
The 2009 Sauvignon Blanc also won a gold medal at the competition, and the 2009 vintages of tempranillo and malbec received silver medals.
Hearst Ranch Winery’s 2009 Chileano also won Best Tempranillo at the San Francisco International Wine Competition earlier this year. It was one of three Paso Robles wines to top their categories there.
The 2011 Central Coast Wine Competition featured a record number of entries — more than 600.
Wines produced from grapes grown in the Central Coast appellation of the American Viticulture Area that stretches from San Francisco to Santa Barbara County, plus Ventura County, were eligible.
The award was presented at the California Mid-State Fair’s annual Cattlemen and Farmers’ Day on July 21.