Indy International Wine Competition underway at Purdue

Aug 1, 2012

Gold, silver, and bronze are up for grabs this week at Purdue.

The Indiana Wine Grape Council is hosting the 21st annual Indy International Wine Competition.

There are more than 2,600 entries this year, which is several hundred more than last year.

Jeanette Merritt is the Marketing Director for the Council.

She says this year’s contest involves a wider variety of wines.

This year, hard ciders are being judged for the first time.

The drought and hot temperatures have had little impact on wine production in Indiana.

Purdue Viticulture professor Bruce Bordelon says while most fruit growers are struggling, the warm conditions benefit grapes.

Bordelon is one of 50 judges at the Indy International Wine Competition

Each judge will taste about 150 wines Wednesday and Thursday. 

Awards will be given Friday, in several categories and one is picked as the “Wine of the Year.”

Wines from 14 countries and more than 30 states, including Indiana, are represented.