International wine competition moving to Purdue

July 14, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Winemakers from around the world will send their best wines to Purdue University for the annual Indy International Wine Competition on Aug. 4-6.

The largest wine competition run by a university in the country will be at Purdue for the first time after 17 years in Indianapolis.

Moving the competition to a major land-grant university will enhance the prestige of the event, which also will draw on Purdue's expertise in wine, said Jeanette Merritt, wine marketing specialist in Purdue's Department of Food Science and marketing director for the competition.

"We house four experts in the wine industry, and this will give us an opportunity to showcase the work we are doing here at Purdue," she said.

The university also offers a popular wine appreciation class each year.

The competition, which is free and open to the public, will be at the Purdue Memorial Union. Judging will be on Aug. 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon.

There will be more than 3,000 commercial entries from 39 states and 12 countries. More than 50 judges will come from the United States, Europe and Canada to taste, analyze and score the wines.

Competition categories include both commercial and amateur entries.

Trophies for the commercial wine class include Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year, Red Wine of the Year and a Pacesetter Trophy, awarded to the winery that wins the most prizes at the competition.

Last year 786 of the 3,066 entries were from amateurs. Amateur-class prizes include Wine of the Year, Indiana Wine Maker of the Year and Indiana-Grown Wine of the Year.

To receive an entry form for the competition or for additional information, contact the entry department at 765-494-3614 or Information also is available at

The competition is sponsored by Purdue University, Main Street Cheese, Rawles & Associates, Danville Honey, Graber Olives, Lallemand Inc., Indiana Winery & Vineyard Association, Tippie Tasters AWS Chapter, The Phil Leisure Family, Indiana State Beekeepers Associations and Cintas. 

Writer:  Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722,

Source:  Jeanette Merritt, 765-496-3842,

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