Hovey wins at wine tourney

By Union Democrat staff May 03, 2012 07:29 am

Hovey Wines has been awarded “best Red Wine” for its 2009 Barbera by the Vineyard and Winery Management 2012 U.S. National Wine Competition, held April 11 and 12 in Sonoma County.

Tenured Murphys winemaker Chuck Hovey’s creation also earned a double gold medal at the event.

More than 1,100 wines were submitted to the competition. Hovey 2009 Zinfandel also took home a silver medal.


“I was so happy to hear that we won a double gold, and then to take Best Red Wine is a real

honor,” Hovey said. “The Sierra foothills and Calaveras County all benefit from this. People are turning their heads toward this wine region with these awards.”

The Hovey 2009 Tempranillo was honored with a gold medal at the 2011 Tempranillos al Mundo international wine competition in November in New York. The gold was one of two awarded to wineries in the United States with more than 500 entries from around the world.

Hovey Wine is produced in Jamestown.

In early May, the Hovey Wine tasting room will open in the historic Albert Michelson House at 350 Main St., Murphys.

“We are so excited to open a tasting venue, as we constantly get asked where people can taste our wines,” Hovey said. “Our annual production has been increasing over the past several years. In 2011, we produced 1,200 cases and with our tasting room opening, we’ve expanded that to 1,600 cases for 2012.”

Hovey has been making wine in the Sierra foothills for more than 30 years and started his first 24-year-tenure at Stevenot Winery. He also is the winemaker for Gianelli Vineyards in Jamestown and is back making wine for the Stevenot brand.

He lives in Murphys with his wife and business partner, Jan, and son, Kyle who is a junior at Bret Harte High School.

For a comprehensive list of awards from the U.S. National Wine Competition, visit vwm- online.com/wine_competitions/us_national/results.asp.

For more information about Hovey Winery, call 588-9315 or 601-8814 and visit online at hoveywine.com.