Awards

Wisconsin Grape Growers Association Industry Awards

The Seventh Annual Wisconsin Grape Growers Association Industry Awards will be celebrated at the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference in January 2018. During this time we will recognize people who in various ways have made major contributions to the Wisconsin grape and wine industry.

Categories of awards include:

Industry Award: Presented to an individual who has made a major contribution in advancing the interests of the Wisconsin grape and wine industry.

Grower Award: Presented in recognition of viticulturists who have made exceptional contributions to the Wisconsin grape and wine industry.

Winery Award: Presented to (a winery or) wineries that have advanced the widespread recognition and quality reputation of Wisconsin wines.

The WGGA Board of Directors will accept nominations for the Wisconsin Grape Growers Association Industry Awards now through January 15, 2018. The WGGA Board of Directors will make a final decision based on the pool of nominees submitted by WGGA Members, and the winners will be announced at the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference in January.

 To nominate a person or a winery for any of the three awards categories, please click the link below and choose the appropriate award category. Simply provide the required information and submit your nomination. Please keep in mind a few things:

1. People need only be nominated one time to be eligible.
2. The individual(s) do not have to be from Wisconsin to qualify for the Industry Award or the Grower Award.
3. All bonded Wisconsin wineries are eligible for the Winery Award.
4. WGGA Board Members are not eligible.

PAST AWARD WINNERS

2017:  Industry Award - Tom Plocher, Plocher Vines; Grower Award:  Ed Rink, Quinney Estates; Winery Award - Elmaro Vineyards
2016:  Industry Award - Ryan Prellwitz, Vines & Rushes Winery
2015:  Industry Award - Wisconsin Vintners Association; Grower Award - Bob Lautenbach, Lautenbach's Orchard Country Winery
2014:  Industry Award - Judith Reith-Rozelle; Grower Award - Ted Kearns, Bauer-Kearns Winery
2013:  Industry Award - Dean Volenberg; Grower Award - Carl Johnson; Winery Award - Trout Springs Winery
2012:  Industry Award - Tim Rehbein; Grower/Winery Award - Wollersheim Winery
Award Nomination Application
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