Vintage entries sought after for fair winemaking competition

Entries are sought for a commercial winemaking competition planned as part of the upcoming Mesa County Fair.

Invitations to participate and entry forms recently were sent to all commercial winemakers in Colorado. While the competition is open to any commercial winemaker, 75 percent of the ingredients of the wine must have been grown in Mesa County. Any wine entered in the competition also must be available for sale. The categories include: red, white, rose, fortified fruit, honey/mead and other standard wines.

More information and entry forms are available online at the Web site located at

“Showcasing the wines produced with grapes grown in Mesa County was a natural addition to our competitive exhibit programs at the fair,” said Debbie Hoey, treasurer of the Mesa County Fair Board and a member of the wine competition committee. “We had 46 entries last year and we’re hopeful for more this year, as the number of winemakers has increased and the competition is drawing more interest.”

Awards from the inaugural competition in 2010 produced three gold, 21 silver and 16 bronze medals, plus a “best of show” award.

The award-winning wines will be announced the week of July 11 and the award winners will be displayed in the fairgrounds community building during the week of the fair July 19 to 23.

Amateur winemakers also have a chance to compete in the Mesa County Fair. They can submit their entries through the open class exhibits system. Details for this entry category can be found in the exhibitor’s guidebook available online or at the fair office.

More details about the fair are available by calling 256-1528 or visiting the Web site at