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August 18, 2016


Reduced Rate Deadline - July 8, 2016

Deadline for Entry is Monday, August 8, 2016 AT 11:00 pm CDT

In order to honor wines of exceptional character produced from grape varieties that can survive cold climate conditions, the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the University of Minnesota have joined in partnership to host the 2016 International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC). Any commercial winemaker producing wine using cold hardy grape varieties as listed may enter.


The 8th Annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition will be held on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota in the Continuing Education and Conference Center on August 18, 2016.


Advanced entry is required.  Entries must be eligible under competition rules and categories and electronically submitted using the online registration. 



Thank you to our Sponsors!


Silver Level



Bronze Level




Wine must be received in-hand by 4:30 PM, August 12, 2016



Special Honors Awarded:

Minnesota Governor's Cup
    A traveling trophy awarded to the Best Minnesota Wine from any grape wine category                  
Winery of the Year
    A new award for 2016 for the winery with the best overall showing at the competition 
Best of Show
    Best White Wine; Best Red Wine; Best Specialty, Sparkling, or Fortified Wine; Best Rose' Wine
Double Gold, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals
    Awarded based on each wine's individual merit

A Unique Competition

While there are dozens of wine competitions around the United States, there is no other competition devoted to the promotion of quality wines made primarily from cold-hardy grape cultivars.  The ICCWC seeks to honor and promote wines of exceptional quality produced from these cultivars grown in non-traditional viticultural areas.  The judges represent wine sensory experts from the country and from various segments of the wine industry.


How Winners Are Promoted 

  • Press releases announcing medal winners are sent to major media outlets in the winners' local area.
  • Bottle stickers will be available to order after the competition to highlight medal winners.
  • Award-winning wines will be displayed in the Minnesota Grape Growers Association booth in the Agriculture - Horticulture Building on the Minnesota State Fairground during the 2016 Minnesota State Fair.
  • Medal-winning wines will be featured during the annual Cold Climate Conference hosted by the Minnesota Grape Growers Association.


8th International Cold Climate Wine Competition

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