Area vineyards were tops in this year’s New York Wine Classic, including Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery in Hammondsport, named Winery of the Year, and Keuka Spring Vineyards (Route 54, Penn Yan), whose Gewürztraminer was awarded the Governor's Cup.

The first-ever Governor’s Cider Cub went to the Pioneer Pippin cider from Kite & String in Interlaken.

The announcement came in a press release from the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"New York's world-renowned wineries and cideries are second to none and help drive tourism, strengthen local economies and create jobs across the state," Cuomo said. "The annual New York Wine Classic celebrates and recognizes the best of the best of our craft beverage industry, and I congratulate the winners and encourage those interested to try these world-class products for themselves."

Known as "The Oscars" of New York wine competitions, the Classic is organized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and is open to the more than 440 New York wineries across the state. This year's competition included 924 individual entries: 853 New York wines and 71 hard ciders from across the State.

A total of 40 Double Gold, 49 Gold, 324 Silver, and 334 Bronze medals were awarded at the competition.

"We're very excited to receive the Winery of the Year award from the New York Wine Classic,” said Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery President Fred Frank. “We feel it's a testament to the team here at Dr. Konstantin Frank and the great range of quality wines we produce. It's a wonderful honor!"

"We are absolutely thrilled and honored to receive this award,” said Keuka Spring Vineyards Owner Len Wiltberger of the Governor’s Cup award for their Gewürztraminer. “At Keuka Spring, we have always believed in Gewürztraminer as a premier grape for this region. It is perfectly adapted to this climate and makes a style of wine that is truly unique to the Finger Lakes.”

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation will feature the winners of the Governor's Cup, Winery of the Year and Concord Grape Brandy wine category at a wide range of events throughout the year, including the Great New York State Fair's Tasting Seminars, a VIP dinner at the NY Kitchen, domestic and international trade shows and other receptions.

A complete list of award winners and results is available online at https://www.newyorkwines.org/new-york-wine-classic.