Founder, Gord Andrews, started his amateur winemaking career in 1969 making wine using fresh grapes from the Okanagan Valley, California, and Washington State.
In the 1990’s, the quality of the “kit” wines developed dramatically, to the point where one could make an exceptional wine by enhancing the wine “kit” with extra ingredients.
By 1996 Gord had developed many recipes for the various wines and had started to enter them into local and provincial competitions. The awards came fast and furious. In 2000, he entered into his first International Competition with the Home Wine and Beer Trade Association from the U.S.A., at the time the largest and oldest amateur wine competition in North America. With 18 entries, Gord won 13 awards.
In the 2003 Wine Maker International Wine Competition, Crescent Wines entries placed SECOND overall, competing with entries from 41 states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 4 countries!
In 2007, Crescent Wines had collected over 225 awards including 150 international awards.
In the 2008 Wine Maker International Wine Competition, Crescent Wines won "RETAILER OF THE YEAR", 1st in Canada, 2nd Internationally collecting another 34 medals. There were over 4300 entries making it the largest in the world. See the press release for more information.
In the 2009 Wine Maker International Wine Competition, Crescent Wines was awarded "U-VIN OF THE YEAR" collecting another 32 medals bringing the total to almost 300 medals. See the press release for more information.
The wines of Crescent Wines have won more awards (now over 370 in 2012) than any other U-VIN in North America. If you are looking for quality, that’s what you will get at Crescent Wines.
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At Crescent Wines our belief is that wine should enhance a meal. You won't find big, buttery or heavily extracted styles of wine at Crescent Wines because they will tend to overwhelm the palate. Instead, we strive to produce elegant, well-balanced wines with finesse and complexity. It follows that harmony and balance in winemaking calls for a parallel harmony and balance in accompanying food.