Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pennsylvania's Beniga Creek Winery Just Keeps Winning Medals

What's the secret to Beniga Winery's success in winning? They won Best in Show at the 2009 Pennsylvania Wine Competition, and have massed countless medals over the last two years.

"Our approach to wine making is a combination of science and art. We use science to assure quality and consistency. We use art to make wine that is unique to our winery. We believe that if you start with high quality ingredients, high quality wine is the result. We use only the highest quality fruit and juice to make our wines. We do not cut corners when it comes to making wine. Fruit wines are pure fruit, not a flavored grape wine. Our wines have low sulfates and no preservatives. All wines are judged for faults and corrected in the cellar. "

The name of the winery is taken from the area’s history. The Mahantongo Creek flows by the vineyard on the south side of the vineyard. This trout stream was once named Benigna’s Creek.

In the middle 1700’s, a man by the name of Nicolas von Zinzendorf came to the colony of Pennsylvania from Bavaria. He brought his 16 year old daughter, Beninga, with him to Pennsylvania. They traveled to Bethlehem, PA. From Bethlehem, Zinzendorf traveled the Tulpehocken Trail north through Indian country to the Indian settlement of Shamokin (present day Sunbury). He planned to bring the Gospel to the Indians. It appears he did no have much success evangelizing the Indians, in fact, narrowly escaped with his life on several occasions.


On his trip north, he passed by what would one day be our vineyard. When he saw the beautiful stream that flows here, he named it Benigna’s Creek. We actually have a copy of an old map that is displayed at the winery along with photos of Benigna and her family.



AWARDS
Best of Show 2009 Pennsylvania Wine Competition - Sunshine!

Benigna’s Creek Sunshine Vidal outshone 361 other Pennsylvania wines to win Best in Show honors at the Pennsylvania Winery Association’s (PWA) annual Pennsylvania Wine Competition in State College, Pa Click here for more info

Sunshine
DOUBLE GOLD
PA Keystone Wine

Benigna's Blush
GOLD
Finger Lakes International

Benigna's Tears
GOLD
PA Farm Show

Benigna's Tears
GOLD
Finger Lakes International

Traminette
GOLD
PA Farm Show

2006 Chambourcin Reserve
SILVER
PA Keystone Wine

Benigna's Tears
SILVER
PA Keystone Wine

Peach
SILVER
PA Keystone Wine

Red Raspberry
SILVER
PA Keystone Wine

2006 Chambourcin Reserve
BRONZE
Finger Lakes International

2006 Chambourcin Reserve
BRONZE
PA Farm Show

Strawberry
BRONZE
Finger Lakes International

Strawberry
BRONZE
PA Farm Show

Sunshine
BRONZE
Finger Lakes International

Traminette
BRONZE
Finger Lakes International