Stone Hill Winery’s Norton Wins National Award for Best Native Wine

Stone Hill Winery, a Missouri winery established in 1847 championing high quality native and hybrid grape varieties and wine, won ten awards at the 2020 American Wine Society including the Best of Class “Native Wine” award for the 2017 Norton, an estate grown dry red.

“It’s an incredible honor to win the 2020 American Wine Society’s Best of Class Native Wine for our 2017 Norton. The Norton grape has always been an important part of Stone Hill Winery, and we are proud to continue its legacy as Missouri’s finest grape on a national stage. My goal has always been to produce the highest quality wines possible from our Missouri grown grapes. Our passionate vineyard and winemaking teams are the reason we can achieve that goal year after year, and this award is a testament to that,” said Jon Held, President and Owner of Stone Hill Winery.

The American Wine Society (AWS) Competition has been a premier competition for wineries across the entire nation to compete since 1986. Held in Virginia, judges include both AWS trained and certified judges as well as industry experts. Over the course of the competition, the judges tasted over 550 wines and ultimately awarded 9 Best of Class awards, including the Best Native Wine to Stone Hill Winery’s 2017 Norton. Stone Hill Winery received awards for 9 other wines as well. The American Wine Society is the largest consumer-based wine organization in the United States and has been dedicated to exploring wines since 1967. The 2017 Norton previously won the C.V. Riley Award for Best Missouri Norton at the 2019 Missouri Wine Competition.

“I’ve been making wine in Missouri for almost 16 years and the 2017 vintage, to me, has been one of the best for reds. The 2017 Norton is a great example of that, and I am very pleased that it received the Best of Class Native Wine Award at the AWS Competition. It shows our hard work in the vineyard and cellar are paying dividends,” said Shaun Turnbull, Head Winemaker at Stone Hill Winery.

About Stone Hill Winery: Stone Hill Winery, established in 1847, is one of the nation’s oldest and highest awarded wineries. Founding the Missouri wine industry in 1847 and reestablishing the state’s industry after Prohibition when it was reopened in 1965 by Jim and Betty Held, Stone Hill Winery proudly remains owned and operated by the 2nd and 3rd generation of the Held family. Today, Stone Hill Winery’s legacy lives on pioneering and championing Missouri grown American heritage and hybrid grapes and quality focused winemaking.

Photo: Head Winemaker Shaun Turnbull, courtesy of Stone Hill Winery

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