Missouri State was recently awarded two top wine awards: The Jefferson Cup in the Red Non-Vinifera Wine category at the Jefferson Cup Invitational and the Best Dry Double Gold Sweepstakes winner at the Mid-American Wine Competition.
“The Jefferson Cup Invitational is the only competition that honors the best of the best among wineries from all of America’s wine regions,” said Marilyn Odneal, clinical instructor of agriculture at Missouri State-Mountain Grove campus. “The Mid-American Wine Competition is held in Iowa and focuses on wines of the Midwest.”
2015 Norton Reserve
For both awards, it was the 2015 Norton Reserve that received top honors.
“I think the value of these awards to our research and education winery and distillery is to show that we are producing high quality wines according to commercial standards as recognized by expert wine judges at the competitions,” said Odneal. “This demonstrates the credibility of our practices and exposes students to wine competitions which is an important part of marketing.”
Odneal also believes that winning such high honors works as a morale booster for faculty, staff and students involved in production.
“Our wines are produced exclusively from grapes grown at the State Fruit Experiment Station,” said Odneal. “Our entire crew, including Dr. Karl Wilker, research enologist and winery and distillery manager, C. J. Odneal, cellar technician, and our vineyard manager, student interns, practicum students and field and maintenance supervisors and workers take pride in these awards since all have a hand in production.”
The wine production team looks forward to next year’s competition and defending its title.
For more information, contact Marilyn Odneal, clinical instructor of agriculture, at 417-547-7513.