published on May 22, 2017 - 2:50 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Quady Winery in Madera announced today it has earned a top award in the International Wine Challenge in London.

Quady’s Vya Sweet Vermouth won the Vermouth Trophy of the International Wine Challenge as the best of all vermouths in the competition — the only U.S. winemaker to earn such a designation.

Andrew Quady, who produced his first commercial cases of wine in 1975 and created the Vya brand of vermouth nearly 20 years ago on a dare from a friend, acknowledged his team in the win.

“Speaking of our talented winemaking team, Mike Blaylock, Darin Peterson and Cole Dennis, we are honored for the recognition of our achievement in the most important vermouth style, classic sweet or rosso vermouth,” he said in a statement.

Quady is well known for its successful line of muscat grape wines, including Quady’s Essensia, Elysium and Electra Moscatos.

Colin Hough, assistant marketing manager, designer and tasting room supervisor for Quady Winery, said in an email this award is extra sweet as vermouth is a category largely dominated by competition overseas.

“To bring it home to the states (and the Central Valley!) is a great accomplishment,” he said.

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