2019 International Canned Wine Competition

Over two hundred canned wines from all over the world flexed their aluminum muscles at the first International Canned Wine Competition held July 24 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, California.  Wines from France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and even England competed with their compatriots from all corners of the United States. 

While California and Oregon producers took their share of honors, many of the 37 gold medals went to wines from less prominent regions.  Benmarl Winery of New York took home three gold medals, as did Leelanau Cellars from Michigan.  Insomnia Wines scored big, winning three golds and walking off with Best of Show Red Wine for their California Pinot Noir.  Sans Wine Co. 2017 Rutherford Napa Valley Riesling was awarded Best of Show White Wine.

Other notable winners were Canned Oregon, two gold medals; Riot Wine Co. Grenache from Australia; Colterris Winery 2016 Red Wine from Grand Valley, Colorado; Oklahoma’s Clauren Ridge Winery Synfully Sweet Peach Watermelon; and Companion Wine Co. Malvasia.  Backpack Wine of Washington had a successful day, winning two gold medals as well as a gold medal for package design for their Rowdy Red.  Vamos! Vino 2016 Malbec from Argentina took gold medals for the wine and design of the can.  Fourth Wave Wine from Australia won three package design awards in addition to a gold medal for their Hootenanny Sauvignon Blanc.  Prophecy Wines also won three gold medals for their beautifully illustrated cans, and both of The Uncommon cans from England won for their artwork as well.


The competition judges came from academia, marketing and the wine trade. Lead judge Robert Williams said he was “pleasantly surprised with the quality and range of the wines submitted.” Winemaker Randy Schock from Handley Cellars commented that the canned wines made him “think about how to approach winemaking outside of the bottle (and) rethink the pursuit of balance. This makes wine fun again!”

Plans are already in the works for the second annual International Canned Wine Competition, which is scheduled for Wednesday July 22, 2020.  Competition director Allan Green promises it will be “aluminating!”


2019 International Canned Wine Competition Awards

Gold Medal Winners


Archer Roose Bubbly, Veneto        Best of Class

Backpack Wine Cheeky Rosé, Columbia Valley

Backpack Wine Bubbly Rosé, Columbia Valley        Best of Class

Benmarl Winery 2018 Chardonnay, Finger Lakes       Best of Class

Benmarl Winery 2018 Dry Rosé, New York       Best of Class

Benmarl Winery 2016 Slate Hill Red, New York        Best of Class

Besa Mi Vino 2018 Just Right White, Paso Robles

Bridge Lane Chardonnay, New York State

Canned Oregon Pinot Noir, Oregon

Canned Oregon Pinot Gris, Oregon

Clauren Ridge Winery Synfully Sweet Peach Watermelon, Central Coast

Colterris Winery 2016 Canterris Red Wine, Grand Valley, Colorado

Companion Wine Co. 2018 Malvasia, North Coast

Francis Ford Coppola Winery 2017 Sofia Blanc de Blanc, Monterey

Francis Ford Coppola Winery 2018 Sofia Rosé, California

Gotham Project Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Hootenany 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

House Wine Rosé, American       Best of Class

Insomnia Pinot Noir, California       Best of Class and Best of Show Red Wine

Insomnia Sauvignon Blanc, California

Insomnia Chardonnay, California

Leelanau Cellars Winter White Bubbly, Michigan       Best of Class

Leelanau Cellars Great Lakes Red Bubbly, Michigan

Leelanau Cellars Summer Sunset Rosé Bubbly, Michigan

Mercer Estates ICAN Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills

Penrose Hill Right Now Dry Rosé, California

Pomelo Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc, California       Best of Class

Porch Pounder 2018 Rosé, Central Coast

Ramona Zibibbo, Sicily

Revolution 2016 Barbera, Sierra Foothills

Riot Wine Co. Rouge Grenache, McLarenVale

Ste. Chapelle Wild Huckleberry Spritz, American

Sans Wine Co. 2017 Riesling, Rutherford, Napa Valley       Best of Class and Best of Show White Wine

Vamos Vino 2016 Malbec, Menoza, Argentina 

Villa Bellangelo Can-do Patriot, Finger Lakes

West + Wilder Sparkling White, American

Wine Guerilla 2018 Rosé of Zinfandel, Sonoma County 

Package Design Gold Medal Winners

Backpack Wine Rowdy Red, Columbia Valley

Mascareri Prosecco, Australia

Prophecy Pinot Noir, California

Prophecy Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Prophecy Rosé, Vin de France

Ron Rubin 2018 Rosé, Russian River Valley

Take it to the Grave 2017 Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills

Take it to the Grave 2017 Shiraz, Langhorne Creek

The Uncommon 2018 Bacchus, England

The Uncommon 2018 Rosé, England

Vamos! Vino 2016 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina