Washington's founding winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle enjoyed a banner year in 2011, earning 51 90+ scores in national wine publications, 61 Gold Medals in leading wine competitions and numerous "top winery" honors in 2011.
"These honors are a testament to the investment the winery has made in research, vineyards and winemaking over the past four decades," says winemaker Bob Bertheau. "Our vineyard managers and everyone on the winemaking team work incredibly hard to make the highest quality wine each vintage and it's exciting to see our most recent efforts and investments acknowledged by the wine industry and consumers."
Highlights of key accolades Chateau Ste. Michelle earned in 2011 include:
Top American winery in Drinks International magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Wine Brands." Chateau Ste. Michelle was #13, the highest ranked American winery.
Drinks International Article Here
“Wineries of the Year” by Wine & Spirits magazine for the 17th time, more than any other American winery. Wine & Spirits Article Here
Voted “Washington’s Most Respected Brands” in Puget Sound Business Journal’s "Battle of the Brands" readers poll, beating out respected brands like Starbucks, Nordstrom, Microsoft and REI. Puget Sound Business Journal Article Here
Named "Winery of the Year 2011” by online wine retailer Wine.com.
“Best Winery” in Wine Peeps wine blog “Best of 2011 in Washington Wine Country” Wine Peeps Article Here
“Top 100 Wines of 2011” for 2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling (94 points) in Wine Enthusiast magazine. Wine Enthusiast Acclaim Here
Voted “Best Wine Tour” on KING5-TV’s Evening Magazine in the show's annual “Best of Northwest Escapes” contest.
Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle pioneered vinifera grape growing in Washington state and has been producing classic European varietal wines under the Ste. Michelle label since 1967. The winery combines an ongoing dedication to research with a commitment to classic winemaking traditions. The winery owns 3,500 acres of vineyards in the Columbia Valley of eastern Washington, including Canoe Ridge Estate and Cold Creek, which are LIVE and Salmon Safe Certified. Chateau Ste. Michelle enjoys winemaking partnerships with two of the world’s most distinguished vintners. Col Solare is an alliance with Tuscany’s Piero Antinori and Eroica Riesling is a partnership with the Mosel’s Ernst Loosen.