Mid-American Wine Competition

5/24/2021​ - 2021 Competition Announcement
We have made the decision because of safety, health, and logistical reasons, to cancel the competition once again for 2021. 

Given the uncertainty about limited social gatherings and travel concerns, we did not know if such an event would be allowed if current trends continued. It was unclear when the DMACC campus (where the MAWC is held) would re-open for regular business. Overall, we want to make sure, the volunteers, judges, and staff are in a safe working environment. 

On a positive note, since vaccinations, social distancing, and mask mandates have been lifted, we are confident about our return for 2022! 

 All of us here at the MAWC Team (DMACC and the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute) hope all is going well with you and your community, look forward to having future Mid-American Wine Competitions and appreciate the time you have given to the event in the past. 

 See you in 2022!
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at winecompetition@dmacc.edu.

Stay safe and healthy, 
The MAWC Team

4/29/2020 - 2020 Mid-American Wine Competition Canceled
We have made the difficult decision not to have a Mid-American Wine Competition (MAWC) in 2020.

Several factors went into this decision. Given the uncertainty about limited social gatherings and travel concerns, we did not know if such an event would be allowed if current trends continue. It is unclear when the DMACC campus (where the MAWC is held) will re-open for regular business. Additionally, we know that wineries and distilleries in our region are also struggling since they rely a lot on onsite retail sales and tourism.
 
In light of this, we do not feel it is responsible to schedule this event for early July.
 
We hope to come back next year with just as great of turnout as other years, and we will take this time to make improvements to the competition. In our social media we will continue to highlight the wineries and distilleries that have participated in the MAWC over the last few years.
 
All of us here at the MAWC Team (DMACC and the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute) hope all is going well with you and your community, look forward to having future Mid-American Wine Competitions and appreciate the time you have given to the event in the past.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at winecompetition@dmacc.edu
 
Stay safe and healthy, 
The MAWC Team

   7/15/2019 -  View results from the 2019 competition.


Mid-American Wine Competition photos

The 2019 Mid-American Wine Competition was held July 12-14, 2019​, in Ankeny Iowa, with focus on wines of the Midwest. The competition is open to commercial wineries of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

This competition not only judges wines against other wines, it also provides the opportunity for wineries to have their wines judged against carefully selected food-friendly dishes. The Mid-American Wine Competition was the first in the United States to offer this format.

“Typically wine competitions judge wines only against other wines, and typically the biggest wine wins. But wine is supposed to be consumed with food. So we are going to judge these wines in a setting more conducive to wines of balance, and by judging the wines in a setting more receptive to wines of balance, and by judging the wine with food, we think we will see a different outcome than the usual ‘bigger is better’ response,” noted Chief Judge Doug Frost.

The Chief Judge for the Mid-American Wine Competition is noted wine expert and veteran wine judge, Doug Frost of Kansas City. Frost is one of only three people in the world to earn the title of both Master of Wine and Master Sommelier. Frost noted that while many American wine competitions are open to the wines of the Midwest, no competition focuses primarily on these wines. “While wines from the Midwest have grown in prestige and success in national wine competitions, we believe that by focusing strictly upon the wines of our region, we can bring to greater prominence the best of the area, and identify up and coming success stories as well.”

The competition is held on the campus of the Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa, which is just north of Des Moines. The college has the longstanding Iowa Culinary Institute which provides the infrastructure for the competition.

The Competition director is Bob Foster, founder and first director of the San Diego National Competition. Foster has been a wine judge and competition director for over 25 years, and also directs the Monterey International Wine Competition. He is a long-time wine judge for the Missouri State Fair Wine Competition and the Jefferson Cup Wine Competition held each year in Kansas City. Foster noted that, “There are some terrific wines from this region and we believe that a Midwest competition will showcase these fine efforts and encourage all of the wineries to continue to improve.” Dr. Murli Dharmadhikari, Iowa State University Extension enologist is a technical adviser to the competition and also serves as one of the wine judges.

All bonded wineries in the Mid-America region are invited to enter. Any winery needing additional information may contact the competition at winecompetition@dmacc.edu.

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