2016 Martellotto Il Capoccia Riserva Bordeaux Blend Takes First Place at Global Wine Challenge

2016 Martellotto Il Capoccia Riserva Bordeaux Blend Takes First Place at Global Wine Challenge

Martellotto Winery’s Reserve Red Wins the #1 Wine, ‘Best in Show’, ‘Best Red’, and Double Gold at Global Wine Awards, 2018

We’re delighted to announce that Martellotto Winery has won ‘Overall Best in Show’, ‘Best in Show’, ‘Best Red’, a Double Gold Medal, and a score of 97 points at the Global Wine Awards, 2018 in Las Vegas for its 2016, Riserva “Il Capoccia” Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara.

The inaugural Global Wine Awards, 2018, which took place at the Tropicana, Las Vegas, was overseen by a panel of nine highly respected judges with some of the finest palates on the planet.

They included two Master Sommeliers, a Master of Wine, winemakers, journalist Deborah Parker Wong (Global Wine Editor for SOMM Journal, The Tasting, and Clever Root), and assorted industry experts who employed a 100% double-blind judging process across all three days to ensure absolute integrity during the judging process.

Global Wine Challenge Judges
Global Wine Challenge Judges included two Master Sommeliers and one Master of Wine.

Clean Sweep

This year saw Martellotto Winery’s barrel-aged Riserva “Il Capoccia” Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara fend off stiff competition from a host of big name wineries to win the #1 wine, ‘Overall Best in Show’, ‘Best Red’, and a Double Gold Medal.

Martellotto’s winemaker and owner, Greg Martellotto said, “I’m overjoyed to have my wine win first place in the such a competitive tasting like the Global Wine Awards. It’s particularly gratifying to win knowing that the judges are high level professionals and experts.  ”

Greg has been invited to join the panel of judges for the Global Wine Awards, 2019.

From Hundreds of Entries, One Winner

From hundreds of entries, one Winner.

About the Santa Barbara Reserve Red

The award-winning 2016 Martellotto Riserva “Il Capoccia” is a Bordeaux blend of 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Malbec sourced from Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara. The name “Il Capoccia" means "Bossman" in southern Italy, which is where Greg’s grandparents were born.

Eddie Rivkin, CEO/Executive Director of the Global Wine Awards remarked, “​The 2018 Global Wine Awards winners all represent excellence in wine making skills and superior presentation from all around the world.​”

Buy it: Riserva “Il Capoccia” now in stock

About Martellotto Winery

Martellotto Winery produces unique and exciting wines designed to surprise and ignite discerning palates of wine lovers everywhere. Our blends are a reflection of distinctly original techniques developed, refined, and perfected over the years by winemaking expert and connoisseur Greg Martellotto. From Greg's winemaking roots in Italy to production in Santa Barbara, Martellotto wines remain consistently vibrant and a joy to share. 

Martellotto Winery has been producing wines in Central Coast California and Santa Barbara County since 2005. Martellotto Winery has been leading the way with production of high quality and award-winning Bordeaux varietals from the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara appellation. The TTB established the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA in 2009 given its distinctive climate in the far eastern part of the Santa Ynez Valley. This warmer climate is proving to be fertile ground for high quality Bordeaux varietals, especially since the diurnal temperature changes are so dramatic.

Martellotto is one of the few wineries in California bottling individual varietal wines of each of the five noble Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.

With a string of wins this year, word is starting to get out about Martellotto Winery to the delight of Cabernet and Red Blend lovers everywhere.