Hartland Winery wins Best of Class in first year

ASHLEY — Hartland Winery of Ashley won Best of Class and a Double Gold at the Indy International Wine Competition for its Edelweiss wine.

In early August, more than 2,000 entries from 11 countries and 40 U.S. states entered the 25th annual Indy International Wine Competition, known as the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States. It is held at Purdue University, hosted by the Department of Food Science.

Hartland Winery opened May 23, and this was the first competition that winemaker Alan Lockhart entered as a commercial winery. Lockhart has won numerous double gold, gold, silver and bronze medals as an amateur winemaker in the past 10 years from the Indy International Wine Competition and Winemaker Magazine Wine Competition.

Fremont’s Satek Winery received Best of Class in the Red American category for it’s Steuben wine, 2015 vintage. Steuben has its own class in the competition. Hartland’s awards were in the White Hybrid category for its 2015 Edelwiess. In addition, Hartland Winery also brought home a silver for blackberry wine and two bronze medals for Catawba and Picnic Punch.

The Picnic Punch has been very popular with customers, said Brenda Lockhart, Alan’s wife, who operates the winery along with him and a small staff. It is located south of Ashley at 425 C.R. 23 and is open seven days a week. Its website is www.hartlandwinery.com. To learn more about the wine competition, go to indyinternational.org.