2020 International Canned Wine Competition Gives Gold to Aluminum

2020 International Canned Wine Competition Gives Gold to Aluminum

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Second Annual International Canned Wine Competition Gives Gold to Aluminum

(BOONVILLE, Calif) – In the only event of its kind in the world, over two hundred canned wines flexed their aluminum muscles at the second annual International Canned Wine Competition held July 21-23 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, California. Seventy producers from around the globe sent in a total of 226 entries.  Wines were submitted from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain as well as from many parts of the U.S.A. While California and Oregon producers took their share of honors, many of the 96 gold medals went to wines from less prominent regions.

Erosion Wine Co. from Napa took home five gold medals and a package design award for their exquisite jewel-like can designs.  The Uncommon sent four wines from England; all four won gold medals and the series won package design recognition for their charming illustrations.  There were outstanding wines from many producers from all parts of the world; the complete list of awards follows.

Complete results and photographs are available at www.cannedwinecompetition.com

Judges came from academia, marketing and the wine trade.  Judge Mark Bowery noted that he has “been judging wine professionally for 36 years, but this was my first foray into the canned category.  I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, across the board. I was especially impressed by the varietal accuracy and deep satisfaction delivered by the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc submissions.

Handley Cellars’ winemaker Randy Schock said, “It was amazing to see the improvement in quality across the board compared to the first International Canned Wine Competition last year.  Not just with the products oriented to the pop “spritzer” market, which were fun and refreshing, but the wines that expressed traditional bottled varietal expressions exceeded my expectations.”

Because of the Covid 19 virus, the organizers of the competition scheduled the judging over three days, with three judges on each daily panel socially distanced in a large exhibition hall.  Judges had individual sets of glassware and bussed their own samples after each flight.

Plans are already in the works for the third annual International Canned Wine Competition, to be held July 20-22, 2021.  Competition director Allan Green promises it will be “aluminating!”

2020 Gold Medal Winners

 Archer McRae Beverages Ltd.

Joiy Wine Savvy Society Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Joiy Wine Wine Spritzer with Pineapple, Marlborough

Joiy Wine 2019 Pinot Gris, Marlborough

Joiy Wine 2018 The Gryphon Pinot Noir, Central Otago


Archer Roose

Archer Roose Bubbly, Veneto

Archer Roose 2019 Malbec, Mendoza

Archer Roose 2018 Rosé, Côtes du Luberon


Backpack Wine

Backpack Wine Bubbly Rosé, Columbia Valley


Barnard Griffin Winery

C'est Le Vin Chardonnay, Columbia Valley


Batch & Co.

Bondi Spritz Rosé, Coonawarra, Australia


Besa mi Vino

2019 All Day Rosé, Paso Robles



Sauvignon Blanc, Central Coast

California Rosé, Central Coast


Boutinot USA, Inc.

Te Merio 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough


Bridge Lane Wine

Bubbles, New York State


Canned Wine Company Ltd.

2019 Grüner, Burgenland

2019 Grenache Rosé, France

2016 Old Vine Garnacha, Aragon


The Copper Crew

2019 Chenin Blanc,  Western Cape


Crafters Union

Rosé, California

Pinot Grigio, California


DistillRuptive Ltd.

Arya Wines 2020 Tinto, Sierra Gaúcha, Brazil

Arya Wines 2020 Prosecco Brut, Sierra Gaúcha, Brazil

Arya Wines 2020 Branco, Sierra Gaúcha, Brazil


Erosion Wine Co.

The Floor Is Lava!, Napa Valley

How Big?, Napa Valley

You're So Pretty!, Napa Valley

Secret Handshakes, Napa Valley

Afraid of Clowns, Napa Valley


Fourth Wave Wine

Take it to the Grave 2018 Shiraz, Langhorne Creek


Goose Ridge Winery

Cascadian Outfitters White Sparkling Wine, Columbia Valley


Half Full Wines

Ocean Dry White Wine, Muscadet Protégée


Hall Wines

BACA Wines 2019 Ring Around the Rosé, California


HUN Wines Ltd.

2019 Rosé, Stellenbosch, South Africa


Ironstone Vineyards

Obsession Wines 2018 Symphony, California

Obsession Wines 2017 Red Blend, California


Karl Lawrence Cellars

2019 Allison Avenue Rosé, Calistoga, Napa Valley



Fizzy Vit, Texas


Kiss of Wine

Feisty Red Wine, Piemonte

Zesty Riesling, Rheingau


Leelanau Cellars

Summer Sunset Rosé Bubbly, American

Great Lakes Red Bubbly, American


Mad Wine

Mad Bubbles Semi-sweet, Hungary


Maison Le Star

Rosé, Pays d'Oc IGP


Maker Wine Company

2019 Viognier, Mendocino


Mancan Wine LLC.

Graham & Fisk's Wine-in-a-Can Rosé Wine with Bubbles, Central Coast

Graham & Fisk's Wine-in-a-Can Red Wine, Central Coast

Mancan Wine Fizz Wine, Central Coast


McBride Sisters Collection

She Can Wines 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand,

She Can Wines Island Citrus Spritzer, California



2018 Sparkling Rosé, Edition V North Coast Collection, Monterey


Off-Piste Wines

Pinot Pinot Pinot Grigio Fizz, Hungary


O'Neill Vintners & Distillers

Buttercup Chardonnay, California

Creamery Chardonnay, California


Odell Brewing Company/OBC Wine Project

Rosé with Bubbles, Oregon

Red Blend, Washington


Point of the Bluff Vineyards

Hanger 17 Curtiss White, Finger Lakes


Precept Wine

Browne Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Day Drinking Watermelon Rosé Wine Spritzer, American

House Wine Paloma Wine Cocktail, American

Pampelonne La Peche, France

Ste. Chapelle Wild Huckleberry Spritz, American


Priest Ranch Wines

2019 Rosé, Napa Valley


Quady North

2019 Rosé GSM, Rogue Valley


Revolution Wines

Revel Red ,California


The Rosé Spritz

Pineapple Rosé Spritz, Napa County


Sans Wine Co.

2019 Carignan (Carbonic), Mendocino

2019 Rosé Bubbles, Mendocino

2018 Riesling, Rutherford, Napa Valley


Schmidt Family Vineyards

Lucky Day Chardonnay, Applegate Valley


Sheep Black Wine US Inc.

Stel+mar Premium Red, Lodi


Sofi Spritz

Lemon & Elderflower, New South Wales


Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

14 Hands Bubbles, Columbia Valley

14 Hands Pinot Grigio, Washington State

14 Hands Unicorn Rosé Bubbly, Columbia Valley

14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend, Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle Bubbly White Wine, Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle Rosé Wine, Columbia Valley

Merf Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley


Stolen Figs LLC.

Ah-So Wines Red, Navarra DO


Stoller Family Estate

Canned Oregon Pinot Noir, Oregon


Treasure Wine Estates – Australia

T’Gallant Spritzed Prosecco, SE Australia

T’Gallant Spritzed Moscato, SE Australia


Trinchero Family Estates

Del Mar Watermelon Wine Seltzer, California


Tuck Beckstoffer Estate

Hogwash Sparkling Rosé, California


The Uncommon

2019 Bubbly White, England

2019 Bubbly Rosé Wine, England

2019 English Rosé Wine Spritzer, England

2019 English White Wine Spritzer, England


Via Pacifica Selections

#WineMode 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Aconcagua 

#WineMode 2018 Rosé, Aconcagua


Wise Villa Winery

2018 Pinot Noir ,Sierra Foothills

2018 Chardonnay, Sierra Foothills



AL 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey


ZX Ventures

Babe Wine Rosé, Adelaida District

Babe Wine Red, Adelaida District

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