The International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association’s prestigious award recognizes the best of the best in wines, brews, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages around the world.
The International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association’s (IFWTWA) Excellence Awards program recognizes the world’s finest culinary, travel and tourism industry professionals as experienced by the organization’s journalist members. Robert and Jo-Ann Dunning, owners and operators of Dunning Vineyards in Paso Robles, California, have earned IFWTWA’s Beverage Excellence Award. Small-lot sustainable viticulture and years of winemaking experience have resulted in Dunning Vineyards’ award-winning, high-quality premium wines.
The award nomination was carefully evaluated and recommended by IFWTWA’s Excellence Awards Committee and approved by IFWTWA’s Board of Directors.
According to the IFWTWA member journalist who nominated Dunning Vineyards for recognition: “The small lot winery produces less than 2,500 cases annually, with expectations to grow to about 3000 cases. The climate and soil on this Westside Paso Robles vineyard lends itself to premium wine. The 1,200 to 1,600 foot elevations of the vineyards, along with soils that are lean, calcareous rock, produce low yielding vines. The warm summer days of Paso Robles along with the afternoon cooling effect of the nearby Pacific Ocean, allows for a longer growing season and adds intensity and concentration to the fruit. The Dunnings’ viticulture practices include a mix of techniques and they take a hands-on approach in the vineyards, spending time with canopy management and crop thinning, with the focus on keeping the vines always in balance. Topping off these ideal growing conditions, owner/winemaker Robert Dunning does much of the work himself, including pruning vines, hand-selecting the grapes, and then fermenting and aging in small lots. His focus is quality. The results are award-winning premium wines that are deserving of a Beverage Excellence Award. In addition to exceptional viticulture and winemaking practices, Robert and Jo-Ann are founding members of the Far Out Wineries of Paso Robles, promoting the small lot production, quality and diversity of the Westside wineries.”
“We are proud to give Dunning Vineyards this award,” says Maralyn Hill, IFWTWA President. “The Dunnings demonstrate the professional standards that represent the best in the small lot viticulture and winemaking industries. They and other professionals in their class raise the bar in the industry worldwide.”