International Wine Competition kicks off at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Wednesday kicks off the Indy International Wine Competition at Purdue University.

It is the 23rd year for the event, and it’s known as one of the largest wine competitions in the nation.

The event is located at the Purdue Memorial Union. Chief Judge Christian Butzke said there are more than 2,100 entries this year that are from 15 different countries and 40 U.S. states.

Butzke said there are 45 wine experts who judge about 120 wines per day. He said there are a number of awards they will hand out, including Wine of the Year and Wine-Maker of the Year.

“One of our efforts to promote Indiana wine is because of Indiana wineries,” Butzke said. “There are 75 of them these days, (which) have an economic impact of about $100 million a year.”

The competition will last through Friday, Aug. 1. The public can observe the judging from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

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