The Press Newspaper
Chateau Tebeau Winery, located in Helena, was awarded a Double Gold Medal for their Maison Rouge (a sweet red blend of Concord, Niagara and Ives) at the 2013 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, held March 23-24 in Rochester, N.Y.
The competition, which is open to all commercial wineries from all wine-producing countries, is known as the world’s largest charitable wine competition. In this year’s competition, a record 3,502 wines were entered from 880 wineries, 20 countries and all 50 United States.
The competition judges awarded 100 Double Gold, 174 Gold, 1,204 Silver and 1,327 Bronze Medals. Award-winning wines were featured at several public events following the competition, including the FLIWC Dinner & Auction held at the Rochester Plaza Hotel to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving quality of life for children and families worldwide whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life-threatening challenges.
Double Gold is awarded when all judges unanimously agree that the wine is worth a gold medal. The honor came as a surprise to Bob and Mary Tebeau, owners of the winery, which is located at 525 SR 635.
“We found out through an email from one of our fellow local wineries,” Mary said. “One of the winemakers there sent us an email with ‘Double Gold’ in the subject line. Apparently he had seen the list of winners on the Internet.
“When I saw the email, I thought they had won, but instead, they were congratulating us for our award,” she said. “We were ecstatic to have produced a wine that met the Double Gold standard.”
The Tebeaus foray into the business began with Bob’s love for making his own wines at home. The winery’s name – Chateau Tebeau – came from a label Mary developed back in the 1980s for Bob’s wine. “It sounded good and we all got a laugh out of it. Little did we know at the time that circumstances and lifestyle changes would lead us to create the Chateau Tebeau Vineyard and Winery,” she said.
The pair have studied wine by visiting many wineries and picking up tips and ideas from other winemakers who share a mutual love of the industry. They enhance their expertise by attending classes on viticulture and enology.
In 2008, they had the first planting of the vineyards on their property. A year later, they started construction of a tasting room. The business opened Jan. 9, 2010, serving the first glasses of wine to their neighbors and friends.
Last year, in a major expansion, production equipment was moved to a new 60 x 60 building behind the winery, allowing for the old production room to be converted into an expanded seating area featuring a bar that is accessible from inside and out.
In addition to a wide selection of wine, including whites, reds and fruit wines, Chateau Tebeau offers cheese plates, appetizers, Panini sandwiches, a house salad, soup de jour and cheesecake.
Entertainment is offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. A complete schedule is available at www.chateautebeauwinery.com.
Chateau Tebeau’s hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (May-August), Thursday and Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday 2-10 p.m. Other times by appointment. For more information, visit the website or call 419-638-5411.
Alpaca Crossroads, an advertising co-op of Northwest Ohio alpaca farms, will be on hand for a fun and informative afternoon. Visitors can taste the wines produced at the winery, have a casual meal and interact with beautiful alpacas. Throughout the afternoon learn more about the “alpaca lifestyle” and the financial benefits of owning alpacas.
The event is free and open to the public.
Bob and Mary Tebeau were surprised and elated to learn that their Maison Rouge wine earned the prestigious Double Gold honors at the 2013 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.