YVC’s Vineyard & Winery Technology Program Earns Honors at Seattle Wine Awards and Cascadia International Wine Competition

Grandview, WA — Yakima Valley Vintners (YVV), Yakima Valley College’s teaching winery, recently received several awards at the 2020 Seattle Wine Competition and at the 2020 Cascadia International Wine Competition.

YVC’s hands-on learning program produces between 400-700 cases of wine per year. Produced by the students of the Vineyard & Winery Technology Program the college’s award-winning wines have garnered more than 149 awards over the last ten vintages.

When you join the Vineyard & Winery Technology Program, you will receive a gold medal education, and you too could be recognized for the creation of award winning wines. Whether you are looking for a new career, or want to build your skills within the grape and wine industry, YVC can help open that opportunity. This experience develops the foundation for a successful career in the growing Washington wine industry. Those interested in taking a few classes for personal interest are also welcome.

All wines submitted in the Seattle Wine Competition and Cascadia International Wine Competition were judged blindly by a panel of prominent wine professionals. YVC student wines were judged alongside those produced by commercial wineries during the competition.

Seattle Wine Competition Awards: YVC’s 2018 Research Paper Roussanne received a double gold. The 2019 Easy A Chardonnay and 2017 Dean’s List Reserve Tempranillo each garnered gold medals; silver medals were awarded for the 2019 Study Skills Chardonnay and 2019 Study Break Semillon. Lastly, the 2017 Cap N Gown Cabernet Sauvignon earned a bronze medal.

The Seattle Wine Competition is Washington State’s most prestigious wine awards program. In April, Washington’s most prominent wine professionals gather at Seattle’s historic Rainier Club to taste and evaluate white, red, sweet, sparkling and rosé wines produced from Washington grapes. This esteemed group includes respected wine directors, buyers, distributors, educators and Seattle’s top sommeliers. The top wines are recognized with Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze Grand Awards of Excellence. For more information, please visit: SeattleWineAwards.com.

Cascadia International Wine Competition Awards: YVC’s 2017 Late Registration Petit Verdot and 2017 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primitivo each earned gold medals and the 2017 Graduates Last Hyrah Syrah garnered a silver medal.

Some of the top wine professionals throughout the U.S. are part of the judging panel for the Cascadia International Wine Competition. For more information, visit: greatnorthwestwine.com/cascadia-wine-competition/.

The YVC’s award-winning wines are available for purchase on the Yakima Valley Vintners website at yakimavalleyvintners.com with curbside pickup available at the Tasting Room. For more information about Yakima Valley Vintners and the Yakima Valley College Vineyard and Winery Technology Program visit yvcc.edu/wine or call 509.882.7007.

Press Release Contacts:
Dustin Wunderlich / 509.574.6870 / dwunderlich@yvcc.edu
Stefanie Menard / 509.574.4646 / smenard@yvcc.edu