Fresno State Winery student-produced wines won a record 49 medals during the 2008-2009 academic year at competitions throughout the country and, for the first time, outside the U.S. Awards include two platinum, two double gold and three gold medals.

Fresno State’s newest award-winners – 13 wines produced by enology students under the supervision of winemaker John Giannini – were entered into 12 competitions the past year, including the 2009 Concurso Internacional Ensenada, Tierra Del Vino in Ensenada, México where the 2006 California Syrah and the 2006 CA Tempranillo won Silver Medals.

The top medal winners are:

• Fresno State’s 2004 San Joaquin County Petite Sirah, which won the Critics Challenge Platinum Medal and Florida State Fair Wine Competition Double Gold Medal;

• The 2006 Solare which won the Florida State Fair Wine Competition Double Gold Medal and the Critics Challenge Gold Medal;

• The 2006 Saviez Syrah, which also won a Critics Challenge Platinum Medal;

• The 2006 San Joaquin County Zinfandel, which won the West Coast Wine Competition Gold Medal; and

• The 2006 Tempranillo, which won a Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition Gold Medal.

Fresno State’s wines also won 18 silver and 24 bronze medals. The program has won a total of about 300 awards.

Winemaster Kenneth Fugelsang said the record honors for the Fresno State Winery “represent not only a tribute to the grape growers of the San Joaquin Valley but to the students in our program who have collaborated to produce world-class, award-winning wines.”

The enology program partners with wine grape growers throughout Central California and the awards help bring recognition to the region as a premier wine-producing region, Fugelsang said.

Fresno State Winery vintages and student-produced food products are available for purchase at the Gibson Farm Market on the Fresno State campus. Proceeds agriculture programs at Fresno State.

Fresno State Wines Award Winners in 2008-09 were:

• 2009 West Coast Wine Competition

Gold Medal: 2006 SJC Zinfandel

Silver Medal: 2004 SJC Petite Sirah

Bronze Medal: 2007 FS Muscat Canelli

Bronze Medal: 2006 Syrah – Fasi Vineyards

Bronze Medal: 2007 SJC Viognier

• 2009 CA State Fair

Silver Medal: 2006 SJC Zinfandel

Bronze Medal: 2007 Soleil Rosé

Bronze Medal: 2004 SJC Petite Sirah

Bronze Medal: 2006 Syrah – Fasi Vineyards

Bronze Medal: 2006 Syrah – Saviez Vineyards

Bronze Medal: 2006 SJC Sangiovese

Bronze Medal: 2006 CA Tempranillo

• 2009 Florida State Fair Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal: 2004 SJC Petite Sirah

Double Gold Medal: 2006 CA Solare

Silver Medal: 2006 Syrah – Fasi Vineyards

Silver Medal: 2006 SJC Sangiovese

Silver Medal: 2007 SJC Viognier

Silver Medal: 2006 SJC Zinfandel

Bronze Medal: 2006 Syrah – Saviez Vineyards

Bronze Medal: 2006 CA Tempranillo

Bronze Medal: 2007 SJC Chardonnay

Bronze Medal: 2007 Soleil Rosé

• 2009 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits

Silver Medal: 2006 SJC Zinfandel

Bronze Medal: 2004 SJC Petite Sirah

Bronze Medal: 2006 Syrah – Saviez Vineyards

Bronze Medal: 2007 SJC Viognier

• 2009 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition

Gold Medal: 2006 CA Tempranillo

Silver Medal: 2006 SJC Zinfandel

Silver Medal: 2004 SJC Petite Sirah

Bronze Medal: 2006 CA Solare

Bronze Medal: 2008 SJC Pinot Gris

• 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Silver Medal: 2004 SJC Petite Sirah

Silver Medal: 2006 CA Tempranillo

Silver Medal: 2007 SJC Viognier

Bronze Medal: 2006 CA Solare

Bronze Medal: 2006 SJC Zinfandel

• 2009 Riverside International Wine Competition

Bronze Medal: 2006 SJC Zinfandel

• 2009 OC Fair Commercial Wine Competition

Bronze Medal: 2006 SJC Zinfandel

• 2009 Critics Challenge

Critics Gold Medal: 2006 CA Solare

Critics Platinum Medal: 2004 SJC Petite Sirah

Critics Platinum Medal: 2006 Syrah – Saviez Vineyards

• 2009 San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association

Silver Medal: 2004 SJC Petite Sirah

Silver Medal: 2006 Syrah – Fasi Vineyards

Silver Medal: 2006 Syrah – Saviez Vineyards

• 2009 National Women’s Wine Competition

Silver Medal: 2006 Syrah – Saviez Vineyards

Bronze Medal: 2004 SJC Petite Sirah

Bronze Medal: 2006 CA Solare

• 2009 Concurso Internacional “Ensenada, Tierra Del Vino”

Silver Medal: 2006 California Syrah

Silver Medal: 2006 CA Tempranillo