Tawse Winery captures 2016 Canadian Winery of the year award

Victory marks the 4th win in the last 7 years

VINELAND, ON, Aug. 2, 2016 /CNW/ - Tawse Winery is thrilled to announce that it has been named Canadian Winery of the year by WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada. The annual competition recognizes the best in Canadian wines as well as the top performing wineries in the nation's industry. This exciting honour is not the first for Tawse having been awarded Winery of the Year in three consecutive years; 2010, 2011 and 2012. In all this year, the medal count was 17 including 5 gold and 8 silver.

"With more than 230 wineries entering the competition it really is overwhelming to be recognized as number one. This success would not be possible without the passion and hard work of our dedicated winery team.  We are extremely proud of this achievement and truly believe that this honour belongs not only to us, but to all of those in our industry who work hard each year to raise the bar in Canadian wines," says proprietor Moray Tawse when asked to comment on the announcement.

This year's accolade comes once again under the watch of the winemaking duo of Paul Pender and Rene Van Ede. "Our commitment to producing expressive wines really begins in the vineyard. The health of our vines is paramount in every decision that we make. We truly believe that the way we're farming allows us to produce fruit of the highest quality, at the same time giving back to the soil for future harvests," says Pender of the winery's organic and biodynamic farming philosophies.

For more information and a complete list of the award-winning wines, including where to find them at a store near you, visit www.tawsewinery.ca.

About Tawse Winery:  Tawse Winery is an ultra-premium Niagara winery whose portfolio is comprised of the Tawse and Sketches wine brands. Owned and operated by the Tawse family, Tawse wines are sold nationally direct-to-consumer as well as in the LCBO and other provincial liquor jurisdiction stores. Paul Pender and Rene Van Ede handcraft all of the wines within the Tawse Winery portfolio.

For media inquiries, interviews and bottle shots please contact Marie-Helene Morency at 905.562.9500 or m.morency@tawsewinery.ca.

SOURCE Tawse Winery

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For further information: Media Contact: Marie-Helene Morency, 905.562.9500 x 328, m.morency@tawsewinery.ca

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