Judges for the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition gave the Golden State Winery of the Year award to Wise Villa Winery of Lincoln in Placer County. The winery, which produces a total of 10,000 cases a year, is best known for its fruit-forward reds.
“This esteemed designation elevates our winery onto a new playing field,” said Grover Lee, the winery’s co-winemaker. “To beat out every winery in the state, including (those in) globally known regions such as Napa and Sonoma, validates the extensive measures we take to produce a great bottle of wine.”
Wise Villa competed against 2,800 wine entries from 743 wineries across the state. In addition to the Winery of the Year award, it also took two Best of California awards, four Best of Class of Region awards, and five gold, seven silver and five bronze awards, to accumulate the greatest number of high-scoring wines in the competition.