A fledgling Edwardsville winery and vineyard is making waves in the international wine community by winning medals in a major competition.
Bella-Brooke Vineyard took home three medals one gold in the recent Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in Rochester.
This is no small accomplishment. The vineyard competed against 887 wineries in 20 countries and every state of the United States. A total of 3,756 wines competed.
This was a pure David vs. Goliath kind of win that will put the Black Lake area on an even larger map as a destination for wine enthusiasts.
The vineyard took home a gold medal for its Frontenac Gris, a silver medal for its Frontenac and a bronze medal for its Marquette.
The vineyard is owned by Gary and Carol Davis and Larry and Jodi Hollister, who have worked tirelessly to build up their business over the last five years. Theirs is truly a labor of love, carefully tending their grapes and refurbishing a former barn to serve as the vineyards tasting room.
Mr. Davis was pretty modest when speaking to us about the vineyards gold-medal win, but the victory symbolizes much more than a good wine.
It symbolizes what a passionate entrepreneurial spirit can accomplish, even here in the north country, even in the sleepy hamlet of Edwardsville.
We hope the Davises and Hollsters passion demonstrates to other business owners that their hard work can pay off, and that north country businesses can be and are good enough to compete with the best of their peers. We hope this is the first of many stories to come for other north country residents who take a chance on a dream and find success.
Bella-Brookes success is St. Lawrence Countys success, and we wish them many more in the future.