In a competition that celebrates the burgeoning wine industry in northern climates, held in late summer, Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery won multiple medals with their Maine grown grape wines.
Owners of Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery, Elmer and Holly Savage, have been growing wine quality grapes since 2002. Even with their 15 years of experience, growing grapes for wine is still a young industry in Maine, with its fair share of challenges. So, when they found out the results of the International Cold Climate Wine Competition, held at the University of Minnesota’s Continuing Education Conference Center in St. Paul, MN, they were thrilled. Savage Oakes’ Nor’easter fortified dessert wine, made from their Frontenac grapes and fortified with spirits made from their wine, had been awarded gold. In receiving this award, Savage Oakes has become the first winery to boast a gold medal with wine made from Maine grown grapes. Their Barn Red, a Leon Millot, Marquette blend, won silver and Ruffed Grouse, a Marechal Foch–based blend from cold-hardy, red grapes, won bronze.
The ICCWC is a partnership between the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the University of Minnesota, which developed several of the cold-hardy grapes used to make the wines in the competition. This competition is the only one exclusively dedicated to wines made from cold-hardy grape varieties that can withstand the winters known to the Upper Midwest, North East, and parts of Canada. The main goals of the ICCWC are to educate the world about these grape varieties and encourage enology practices that will produce high quality and highly marketable wines. The competition is open to commercial wineries meeting the criteria for cold-hardy grape and fruit content. In 2016 a total of 17 Double Gold, 36 Gold, 116 Silver, and 82 Bronze medals were awarded.
Located in Union, Maine - 15 miles west of Rockland, 30 miles east of Augusta. Barrett Hill Road is off Route 17, directly across from the intersection of Route 131 South. The winery is located at 174 Barrett Hill Road - .3 miles from Route 17.
Elmer & Holly Savage
175 Barrett Hill Rd.
Union, Maine 04862
Our doors are open May through October,
11a.m. to 5p.m. daily.