Monte De Oro Winery Gets the Gold

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Ken Zignorski, of Monte De Oro Winery, is proud to announce the winery recently won its 90th Gold Medal wine award at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for its 2012 Cuvee De Oro Rhone Blend.

Monte De Oro Winery

As of January 2016, we have earned 90 high-level wine awards (Platinum, Double Gold, Gold, Best of Class, 90+ Wine Scores) and are looking forward to working our way to 100 awards.

“We are very proud of this recent accolade, from the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, as well as the many that came before it,” said Ken Zignorski, Managing Member and General Manager. “As of January 2016, we have earned 90 high-level wine awards (Platinum, Double Gold, Gold, Best of Class, 90+ Wine Scores) and are looking forward to working our way to 100 awards.”

Gold medals at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition were awarded to wines that possessed an added dimension or profound characteristics that were recognized by two or more of the judges on the three-judge panel. Additionally, Monte De Oro Winery also won 4 Silver Medals for 4 other 2012 red wines. To qualify, wines must have been produced for commercial sale, such as those entered by Monte De Oro Winery.

Monte De Oro started its vineyard endeavor in 2002, planting its first 18-acre vineyard (Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon), and in 2003 planting its next 41 acres of vineyards. “We were grape growers until 2008 when we decided to break ground to build a winery, which today is Monte De Oro Winery,” said Zignorski.

Monte De Oro currently has 72 vineyard acres that produce over 200 tons of grapes a year (2/3 red grapes and 1/3 white grapes) and a diverse grape and wine portfolio. It produces 6 white grape varietals and 12 red grape varietals, handcrafting 8 different white wines, 15 different red wines and 3 reserve wines.

“While we are known for our red wines, our white wines have been emerging as well,” said Zignorski.
“One of Monte De Oro’s hallmark wines is the Synergy 65 Owners Blend. This is a blend handcrafted from the first 5 red grapes we grew: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Zinfandel.”

Monte De Oro’s newest addition is Bolle De Oro (Bubbles of Gold) sparkling wine; its most recent vintage being 2014, which was released in December 2015 and awarded Best Sparkling Wine by the National American Wine Society Convention last December. “Monte De Oro Winery’s goal is to help put Temecula Valley on the national wine map,” said Zignorski, “and we believe we are doing just that with our award-winning wines.”

About Monte De Oro Winery
Monte De Oro Winery uses a combination of 21st-century innovation and centuries-old tradition in an environmentally responsible approach to growing its grapes and making quality wine. It is a 31,000-square-foot facility with the only glass floor tasting room, offering an oasis of wine excellence in an environment that is both sophisticated and inviting. Monte De Oro offers tastings and tours, has an award winning Bistro, and hosts weddings. For more information, please call (951) 491-6551, visit or follow them on Facebook. The winery is located at 35820 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591.

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