Competitions enlighten our winegrowing and winemaking styles. We choose competitions from International, Foreign and Regional to subject our wines to judgment. From the awards we garner, we can take comfort in knowing that we are presenting you, our wine-loving customer, the best we can produce in a given year. Below is a list of awards our wines have won.

Awards for our Winery

North Carolina Winery of the Year From NYIWC

Burntshirt Vineyards won the New York International Wine Competition’s NC Winery of the Year award in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, and most recently in 2020! We are very honored and proud of this accomplishment and the validation it brings to our hardworking team.

Individual Wine Awards

O Cellars Reserve Chardonnay

The O Cellars Reserve Chardonnay is handcrafted by our winemaker from the finest lots of the vintage, lovingly barrel-aged. This mildly oaky chardonnay has won the following awards:

  • International Eastern Wine Competition
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2017
  • Berlin International Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2017
  • Berlin International Wine Competition
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Grand Harvest Challenge
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Asheville Wine and Food Festival
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • China Wine and Spirit Awards
    • Won Gold
    • Vintage Year 2013
  • Fingerlakes International Wine Competition
    • Won Silver
    • Vintage year: 2013
  • NC Fine Wines Competition
    • Won Bronze
    • Vintage year: 2013
  • New York International Wine Competition
    • Won Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Dixie Classic Fair
    • Won Bronze
    • Vintage year: 2014
  • 2015 Pacific Rim Wine Competition
    • Won Silver
    • Vintage year: 2013
  • Fingerlake International Wine Awards
    • Won Silver
    • Vintage year: 2013
  • Asheville Food and Wine Festival
    • Won Silver
    • Vintage year: 2013
  • Dixie Classic Fair
    • Won Silver
    • Vintage year: 2013
  • New York International Wine Competition
    • Won Silver
    • Vintage year: 2013
  • North Carolina State Fair
    • Won Silver
    • Wine Vintage Year: 2011

Altitude 3400

Among our most popular wines, Altitude 3400 is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Chambourcin with notes of Cherry and Plum. 

Altitude 3400 has won the following awards:

  • NC Fine Wines Competition
    • Bronze
  • Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • Harvest Challenge Wine Competition
    • Gold
  • Asheville Food and Wine Festival
    • Silver
  • Finger Lake International Wine Awards
    • Silver
  • NC Fine Wines Competition
    • Bronze
  • Dixie Classic Fair
    • Bronze
  • Atlantic Seaboard Competition
    • Bronze
  • North Carolina State Fair
    • Silver

Vidal Blanc

Vidal Blanc is a bright semi-sweet white wine. Well balanced with notes of citrus, Vidal Blanc has won the following awards:

  • International Eastern Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • Dixie Classic
    • Doubble Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2015
  • NC Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2016
  • Women’s International Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2016
  • North Carolina State Fair
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year 2011

O Cellars Reserve Merlot

Aged in a mix of French and American oak, O Cellars Reserve Merlot offers fresh red berry fruit aromas with the subtle hint of toast from the barrel. Our Merlot has won the following awards:

  • Grand Harvest Challenge
    • Silver
  • China Wine and Spirit Awards
    • Doubble Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • Asheville Food and Wine Festival
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • Pacific Rim Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • International East Meets West Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • Grand Harvest Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • Dixie Classic
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2011
  • North Carolina State Fair
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2011
  • Grand Harvest Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2011
  • North Carolina State Fair
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2011
  • International Women’s Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2011

O Cellars Reserve Grüner Veltliner

The O Cellars Reserve Grüner Veltliner is a dry white wine grown in our high elevation Burntshirt Mountain Vineyard. This wine features bright acidity and appealing spicy quality. Gruner Veltliner has won the following awards:

  • International Eastern Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2019
  • NC Fine Wines Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2019
  • New York International Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2019
  • International Eastern Wine Competition
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2016
  • Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2016
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2016
  • Atlantic Seaboard International Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2016
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2016
  • Indy International Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2016
  • Harvest Challenge Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2016
  • NC Wine Competition
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2015
  • Women’s International Wine Competition
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2015
  • Asheville Wine and Food Festival
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2016
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2015
  • Asheville Food and Wine Festival
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2015
  • International East Meets West Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • International Women’s Wine Competition
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Dixie Classic
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Grand Harvest Wine Competition
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Asheville Wine and Food Festival
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Dixie Classic
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • Grand Harvest Awards
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • International Women’s Wine Competition
    • Best of Class, Doubble Gold
    • Vintage Year 2011
  • Grand Harvest Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2011
  • North Carolina State Fair
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2011

Sunset Sippin’

This sweet white blend features notes of grapefruit and pineapple. Sunset Sippin has won the following awards:

  • Dixie Classic
    • Double Gold
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • Pacific Rim Wine Competition
    • Best of Class
    • Gold
  • Harvest Challenge
    • Gold
  • Dixie Classic
    • Gold
  • International Women’s Wine Competition
    • Best of Class
    • Gold
  • Finger Lake International Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • East Meets West Eastern Division
    • Best of Class
    • Doubble Gold
  • International Women’s Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • International Wine Channel TV Awards
    • Best in Show White Wine
    • Gold
  • Dixie Classic
    • Silver
  • North Carolina State Fair
    • Silver
  • Grand Harvest Wine Competition
    • Silver

Dry Rosé

This crisp and refreshing wine has floral notes and a bright fruity finish. Our Dry Rosé has won the following awards:

  • New York International Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • Dixie Classic
    • Silver
  • Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
    • Bronze
  • International Women’s Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
    • Silver

O Cellars Reserve Meritage

Burntshirt Vineyards is honored to have our flagship premium blend, our O Cellars Meritage Red, carry the Meritage moniker.

Meritage is a badge given by the Meritage Alliance, a group of American vintners who joined forces to recognize “provocative red or white wines crafted solely from specific ‘noble’ Bordeaux grape varieties and are considered to be the very best wines of the vintage.”

Meritage comes from a combination of the words “Merit and “Heritage”, recognizing the quality of the grapes and the centuries-old tradition of blending, long considered to be the highest form of the winemaker’s art.

Our Meritage has won the following awards:

  • Atlantic Seaboard Competition
    • Silver
  •  New York International Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • International Eastern Wine Competition
    • Doubble Gold
  • Finger Lake International Wine Competition
    • Gold
  • Berlin International Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • Dixie Classic
    • Silver
  • Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
    • Bronze
  • Asheville Food and Wine Festival
    • Gold
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • Pacific Rim Wine Competition
    • Bronze
  • North Carolina State Fair
    • Gold
  • China Wine and Spirit Awards
    • Doubble Gold
  • New York International Wine Competition
    • Gold
  • Atlantic Seaboard Competition
    • Bronze
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    • Bronze
  • NC Fine Wines Competition
    • Bronze
  • Grand Harvest Wine Competition
    • Silver

O Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

With strong notes of Raspberry and Vanilla, this wine stands out amongst other varietals. Our Cabernet Sauvignon has won the following awards:

  • Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2016
  • International Eastern Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Yera: 2016
  • Berlin International Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2016
  • Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2016
  • Asheville Wine and Food Festival
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2015
  • Women’s International Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2015

Harvest Moon Chardonnay

This buttery, California-style Chardonnay is perfect for long fall days.

  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • NC Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • North Carolina State Fair
    • Gold

O’ Cellars Reserve Merlot

Aged in a mix of French and American oak, this wine offers fresh red berry fruit aromas with the subtle hint of toast from the barrel. Smooth, velvety, and easy drinking.

  • China Wine and Spirit Awards
    • Double Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • Asheville Food and Wine Festival
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • Pacific Rim Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • International East Meets West Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • Grand Harvest Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage year: 2013
  • Dixie Classic
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2011
  • North Carolina State Fair
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2011
  • Grand Harvest Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2011
  • North Carolina State Fair
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2011
  • International Women’s Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2011

Harvest Gold

A rich and floral blend of estate whites with Traminette as its backbone, this classic style of dessert wine offers aromas of ripe peach and honey, which carry through to the palate and linger on a well-rounded finish.

  • Harvest Challenge Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • Dixie Classic
    • Best Fruit and Dessert Wine
  • Grand Harvest Awards
    • Gold, Best of Class
  • International Women’s Wine Competition
    • Bronze

O’ Cellars Reserve Cabernet Franc

Aged in a mix of French and American oak, this wine offers hints of dark cherry and blueberry with rounded tannins and a smooth finish.

  • Atlantic Seaboard
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2016
  • Indy International Wine Competition
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2015
  • Berlin International Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2015
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2015
  • Asheville Wine and Food Festival
    • Double Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2015
  • NC Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Asheville Food and Wine Festival
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Finger Lake International Wine Awards
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • China Wine and Sprit Awards
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • Harvest Challenge
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • International East Meets West Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • Atlantic Seaboard Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • NC Fine Wines Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Dixie Classic
    • Double Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • Asheville Food and Wine Festival
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • International Women’s Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • Grand Harvest Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • Dixie Classic
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2011
  • North Carolina State Fair
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2011
  • International Wine Channel TV Awards
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2011
  • Grand Harvest Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2011

Estate White

A tantalizing blend of Vidal Blanc, Gruner Veltliner, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Slightly sweet with full floral characteristics.

  • Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
    • Best of Class
  • Indy International Wine Competition
    • Silver
  • Pacific Rim
    • Best of Class
  • New York International Wine Competition
    • Bronze
  • Asheville Food and Wine Festival
    • Doubble Gold
  • Dixie Classic
    • Best of Show
  • Grand Harvest Wine Competition
    • Gold
  • International Women’s Wine Competition
    • Bronze
  • Grand Harvest Wine Competition
    • Silver

O’ Cellars Reserve Riesling

O Cellars Reserve Riesling is grown in our high elevation Burntshirt Mountian Vineyard. Reminiscent of the region of Alsace-Lorraine along the Rhine River of the French-German border. This crisp lively wine explodes with bright citrus flavors and a vibrant finish.

  • International Women’s Wine Competition
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Pacific Rim Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Atlantic Seaboard Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • NC Fine Wines Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Grand Harvest Challenge
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Dixie Classic
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Finger Lake International Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • Asheville Food and Wine Festival
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • Grand Harvest Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • International Women’s Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2014
  • International Women’s Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • East Meets West International Wine Competition
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2012
  • Grand Harvest Awards
    • Gold, Best of Class
    • Vintage Year: 2013
  • International East Meets West Wine Competition
    • Gold
    • Vintage Year: 2011
  • Dixie Classic
    • Bronze
    • Vintage Year: 2012
  • North Carolina State Fair
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2011
  • Grand Harvest Wine Competition
    • Silver
    • Vintage Year: 2011

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