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Purdue Wine Grape Team Hosts 23rd INDY Wine Awards

Purdue Wine Grape Team Hosts 23rd INDY Wine Awards
Indiana hosts one of the nation's largest wine competitions in West Lafayette.

More than 2,200 wines traveled to West Lafayette for one of the nation's largest wine competitions, the Indy International Wine Competition, July 30 through August1, 2014, at Purdue University.

Wines from 40 states and 11 countries as far away as France, Australia, Spain and Greece were judged on appearance, aroma, taste, and aftertaste by 45 international judges.

The Indy International Wine Competition has been organized by the Purdue Wine Grape Team since 1992, and for the past eight years it has been under the leadership of Professor of Enology Christian Butzke.

Indiana wineries: This symbolic grape vine is growing outside the Grande Hall at the Indiana State Fair. For the first time, Indiana wineries were allowed to exhibit wines for tasting and sale by the glass inside the Grand Hall during the state fair.

"The more than two thousand wines entered in the 23rd INDY are a true reflection of the amazingly diverse offerings that the global wine market provides to American wine lovers who now consume more wine than any other nation in the world. Our 45 professional wine judges represent the general public's taste in wine, and their recommendations provide great guidance among the dizzying array of choices in the grocery store, online wine ship, or restaurant," Butzke said.

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Indiana was well-represented in the competition, with Hoosier wineries winning 223 total medals. That includes 13 double gold, 38 gold, 119 silver, and 53 bronze medals.

"Indiana continues to win many medals and trophies at this international competition," said Jeanette Merritt, Marketing Director for the Purdue Wine Grape Team. "This year we are so excited to recognize an array of outstanding wineries and encourage Indiana wine consumers to find your favorite wine at one of our nearly 80 wineries."

Since 1989 the number of wineries in the state has increased dramatically. These wineries grow grapes on 650 acres, more than a 300% increase since 1991.

Since the inception of the council, Indiana wine sales have grown by more than 15% each year and now contribute more than $72 million to the state's economy – an investment that has more than paid off. Every gallon of wine sold in Indiana provides 5 cents in excise taxes. A portion of these funds are used to support the Council as well as the salaries of the members of Purdue Wine Grape team.

For a list of all medal-winning wines, log on to the Indy International Wine competition website.

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