LaBelle Winery Wins 4 Awards in 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Judging Competition


January 29, 2018


LaBelle Winery Wins 4 Awards in 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Judging Competition




Michelle Thornton

Director of Marketing

LaBelle Winery

345 Route 101

Amherst, NH 03031

(603) 672-9898


Amherst, N.H. – Four of LaBelle Winery’s wines were among the winners in the San Francisco Chronicle’s 2018 Wine Judging Competition, a national contest that included 6,960 entries from 35 states. The winning wines were Petit Verdot; Three Kings Port; Vienna Waltz; and White Alchemy, each of which earned Silver designation.


A limited release, LaBelle’s Petit Verdot ($20) was made with imported grapes from Washington State. The rich dry red wine features strong floral and dark fruit tones with a deep cocoa finish.


Three Kings Port ($24), a dessert wine blending red raspberries, blueberries and marechal foch grapes, is made in the port style and is infused with apple brandy. It is aged in French oak for up to three months.


Also a limited release, Vienna Waltz ($17) is LaBelle’s take on riesling gewürztraminer. This semi-dry wine offers a hint of stone fruit and is excellent paired with salads, Asian dishes and seafood.


White Alchemy ($17) is a semi-dry white wine with a bright acidity and lingering finish that pairs well with poultry and seafood.


“We are proud to represent New England winemaking at this prestigious competition, and thrilled to have won four medals against some of the best wineries in the world,” says Amy LaBelle, LaBelle winery’s founder, co-owner and winemaker.


The largest competition of American wines in the world, The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Judging Competition is an annual contest that has been held each January for the past 18 years. The 2018 competition featured 67 judges from across the U.S. with a variety of backgrounds including in the wine trade, education, media, retail and hospitality. Wines are judged using an extensive process that divides the varietals into categories and subcategories. Winning entries are rated Bronze, Silver, Gold or Double Gold.


LaBelle Winery’s original location and vineyard are located at 345 Route 101 in Amherst, N.H.


The Bistro at LaBelle Winery, also in Amherst, serves lunch and dinner as well as brunch on Sundays. The restaurant is family-friendly and offers a special menu for children.


LaBelle Winery Portsmouth is located at 104 Congress St. The store’s phone number is (603) 319-8015.


Please visit for business hours. Wine tastings are available at both LaBelle Winery locations.


Guided tours of the Amherst facility are offered from noon to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Call (603) 672-9898 or visit for more information.