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OC Fair Commercial Wine Competition for South Coast Winery and Carter Estate Winery

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19 Out of 24 Entries Awarded Medals

TEMECULA, Calif. (June 27, 2022) –  The Carter family-owned Temecula wineries, South Coast Winery and Carter Estate Winery, proudly accepted a combination of 19 Double Gold, Gold and Silver medals at The OC Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Originated in 1976, the wine competition is operated by the Orange County Wine Society and considered California’s finest and most meticulously judged California-only wine competition.

A panel of over 90 winemakers in the United States blind assessed each entered selection to choose winners for their varietal faithfulness. Throughout the rigorous judging process, each medal-winning wine is tasted by at least four judges who are commercial winemakers or winery principals.

“We are once again honored and grateful so many of our wines were recognized by this esteemed judging team at a competition held soon after we were named Golden State Winery of the Year by the California State Fair,” said Jeff Carter, president of Carter Hospitality. “Our viticulture team continues to prove how their expertise and challenging work are appreciated by avid wine lovers.”

The 2022 OC Fair Commercial Wine Competition awards bestowed on Carter Estate Winery include a Double Gold medal won by 2015 Blanc de Blanc and Gold medals won by 2015 Blanc de Noir, 2015 Prestige and 2020 Viognier. Gold awards garnered by South Coast Winery include 2017 Carmenere, 2017 TNT, NV Brut, 2020 Verdelho, 2020 Chardonnay Sans Chêne and 2017 Meritage (SCW). Carter Estate also won one Silver medal and South Coast received seven Silver awards.

About South Coast Winery
The only state winery to claim the title of California Winery of the Year five times at the California State Fair Wine Competition, South Coast Winery sets the gold standard for excellence amongst California wineries, earning more than 3,000 awards since its inception in 2003. Situated on 63 lush acres, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa offers a breathtaking retreat for wine tours, romantic getaways and group events with 132 rooms and villas, a working winery and tasting room, gift shop, full-service spa and restaurant.

South Coast Winery is a family-owned and offers a broad portfolio of 45 wine labels, the majority of which are available for sampling in its main tasting room – from robust reds such as Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Petit Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir to whites including Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Riesling. Also available are sparkling wines, dessert wines and other specialty offerings. The winery employs a staff of skilled winemakers, including master winemaker Jon McPherson and winemaker Javier Flores, both with decades of experience in the wine industry.

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About Carter Estate Winery
Founded in 2015, Carter Estate Winery is known for its signature crisp sparkling wines utilizing the méthode champenoise process. Guests can view this complex production process through an expansive glass window in the tasting room. Situated on 109 pristine acres, the winery resort features 60 beautifully designed private bungalows and suites, a luxurious swimming pool with cabanas, a poolside restaurant, a working winery, a private tasting room and in-room spa services.

One of the state’s preeminent méthode champenoise sparkling wine producers, the winery offers an array of highly acclaimed still wines as well. Fine varietals are available ranging from robust reds to crisp whites and include viognier, malbec, chardonnay, sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, syrah and merlot.

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About Carter Hospitality Group
Established in 2011, Carter Hospitality Group, LLC. is a family-owned hospitality company with four hotels and resorts as well as three wineries across the United States. Based in Orange County, California, the company manages and owns a portfolio of luxury properties including South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Temecula, California; Carter Estate Winery and Resort, Temecula California; and Carter Creek Winery Resort & Spa, Texas Hill Country. Carter Hospitality Group additionally serves as the owner-franchisee for Red Lion Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista South, Orlando Florida. For more information, visit