For an unprecedented third time in five years, Pedernales Cellars has won Top Texas Wine honors at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition. The 2017 winners included the 2014 Pedernales Cellars Texas High Plains Tempranillo honored as the best of the nearly 350 wine submissions (with a distinctive leather saddle for a trophy) from wineries across the Lone Star State.
The 2017 International Wine Competition judging included 2,850 entries from approximately 20 different countries, including Australia, Austria, France, Italy, Japan, Peru, South Africa and Spain. The competition also received 105 entries from the 2017 featured region, Tuscany. Texas wineries represented 351 entries.
The two Kuhlken-Osterberg family wineries, Pedernales Cellars and Armadillo’s Leap Winery, combined for seven overall medals—including three for Armadillo’s Leap in its debut year at the competition.
Pedernales Cellars winners included:
2014 Texas High Plains Tempranillo, Double Gold (and Top Texas Wine)
2014 Texas Tempranillo Reserve, Double Gold (and Reserve Class Champion)
2015 Texas Viognier Reserve, Gold
2015 Texas Viognier, Silver
Armadillo’s Leap winners included:
2012 BFF Blend (Red Blend), Silver
2015 Texas Viognier, Silver
2014 Texas Mourvedre, Bronze
“We are honored to receive the saddle for Top Texas Wine for a second year running, and delighted that it’s our flagship red varietal joining our flagship white varietal as best in the state,” said David Kuhlken, winemaker for both Kuhlken-Osterberg family wineries. “The 2014 Tempranillo vintage was the first after the disastrous late spring freezes that wiped out the 2013 harvest. Our partner vineyards nurtured the vines to deliver the low yields and high quality that makes for the best results in the glass.”
“We are really thrilled to see Armadillo’s Leap Winery receive so many awards so soon after its launch,” said Julie Kuhlken, co-owner of both wineries and president of Armadillo’s Leap, of the new winery’s showing. “It is rewarding to see our experimentation and innovation pay off.”
The Pedernales Cellars 2014 Viognier was given Top Texas Wine honors last year, with its 2012 Viognier named Top Texas Wine for the 2013 edition of the event.
The news from Houston follows honors from another recent Texas rodeo-affiliated competition, the 2017 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition, announced several weeks ago. There, both the 2015 Armadillo’s Leap Texas Viognier and Pedernales Cellars Texas Viognier won Double Gold, while the 2014 Texas High Plains Tempranillo won Gold.
The award-winning Pedernales Cellars wines are available in the winery’s tasting room in Stonewall (2916 Upper Albert Road), while the Armadillo’s Leap winners are available in the winery’s two Fredericksburg tasting rooms, in the original Rocky Hill location on Wine Road 290 (6266 E. US 290) as well as the newly-opened Main Street location (134 E. Main Street) in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg.