• Monteith Bowl Information

    monteithbowlThe perpetual sterling silver Tiffany Monteith Trophy is considered one of the most elegant and prestigious awards in the U.S. wine industry.

    Since 1980, it has been presented to individuals or organizations that have performed exceptional contributions to the development and sustainability of the American wine industry by actively providing leadership and motivation in addressing both legislative and regulatory issues that confront the industry, supporting innovative and technical research in both the fields of enology and viticulture, also encouraging wine and health related studies, as well as contributing to consumer public wine education and appreciation through the arts, literature and the public media.

    The perpetual Monteith Wine Bowl Trophy, some 18” long and weighing 123 ounces of pure sterling silver, was created in 1980 by Tiffany & Co. of New York for the Vinifera Wine Growers Association. It represents one of the earliest forms of elegant silversmithing and today is considered to be one of the most prestigious honor awards in the U.S. wine industry.

    As early as 1689, toward the end of the Stuart period in England, similar designs of the Monteith have been used in the service of wine. Mentioned by an antiquary, Anthony Wood, in 1683, it was described as “a vessel or bason notched at the brims to let drinking glasses hang there by the foot, so that the body or drinking parte might hang in the water to coole them. Such a bason was called a ‘Monteigh’ from a fantastical Scot called ‘Monsieur Monteigh,’ who at that time or a little before, wore the bottome of his cloake or coate so notched.”

    In 1789, Thomas Jefferson brought back from his assignment in France as Minister, a seau crénelé or crenelated porcelain bowl similar to the Monteith used to cool wine glasses. The bowl’s design was that of a cornflower garland and is said to be the pattern used exclusively for the tableware of Louis XVI. Jefferson’s version of the Monteith is on display today in the dining room at Monticello.

    Smaller individual glass versions were used by George Washington at Mount Vernon and are also on display in the Mansion’s dining room.

    More recently, in 1955, Colonial Williamsburg commissioned the Wedgwood Company of England to make a duplicate copy of the Monteith to commemorate the Governor’s Palace. 

    Monteith Bowl Winners

    2020 Award

    Ann Raffetto, of Wagner Vineyards

    The 2020 Monteith Bowl Trophy, which is presented annually by the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association to recognize individuals or organizations that have performed exceptional contributions to the development and sustainability of the American wine industry, is being presented to Ann Raffetto, of Wagner Vineyards. 

    She attended University of California, Davis and graduated with a degree in Enology in 1977.  After graduating from UC Davis, Ann and her husband moved to the Finger Lakes to explore viticulture and enology in a region very different than California.  At the time of their move there were only about seven wineries in the Finger Lakes region.  In 1983, she accepted a winemaking position at Wagner with co-winemaker, John Herbert, and worked with him until his retirement in 2013.  Notably, Ann was the first woman winemaker in the Finger Lakes. 

    For Ann, the most rewarding part of her job is being in a restaurant or wine shop and witnessing people enjoying the work of art she has created.  The ASWA honors Ann with the Monteith Bowl Trophy for her contributions to cool climate winemaking.

    2019 Award

    Dr. Joseph A Fiola of the University of Maryland

    The 2019 Monteith Bowl Trophy, which is presented annually by the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association to recognize individuals or organizations that have performed exceptional contributions to the development and sustainability of the American wine industry, is being presented to Dr. Joseph A Fiola of the University of Maryland.

    Dr. Fiola is the Specialist in Viticulture for UMD Extension following a similar position at Rutgers (1988 to 2001).  He has over 30 years of academic experience in research and extension in Viticulture and Enology, small fruit production and breeding. He is responsible for a statewide viticulture extension program working with experienced growers to maximize fruit and wine quality as well as with new growers on proper site evaluation, establishment, and planting the best suited varieties.

    Dr. Fiola’s viticulture and enology research & education program concentrates on cultivar testing, including clonal comparisons, new and imported varieties, as well as cultural practices. He imports and tests wine grape varieties adapted to Maryland’s diverse climatic conditions to expand wine industry production and profits.  He also conducts small batch winemaking studies and experimental enological treatments of these varieties for practical industry acceptance and adoption.

    He has a comprehensive website, and distributes “Timely Viticulture”, a newsletter electronically delivered at the exact time growers should be considering and performing specific practices. He has recently published a workbook on Sustainable Viticulture and always emphasizes practices to maximize fruit quality.
    Joe is a certified wine judge, coordinates multiple commercial wine competitions and teaches wine classes. He is an active member of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture and the American Wine Society.  


    2018 Award

    Nick Frey of Balletto Vineyards

    Nick Frey is the recipient of the 2018 Monteith Bowl Trophy which is an award is presented to individuals or organizations that have performed exceptional contributions to the development and sustainability of the American wine industry.  Nick helped to put the Sonoma County winegrape industry on the world-wide map during his tenure as president of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission and as executive director of the Sonoma County Grape Growers Association prior to that.  He currently leads public relation efforts for Balletto Vineyards and serves on the Russian River Valley Winegrowers Board, Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Viticulture Advisory Committee, SRJC Shone Farm Foundation Board and Sonoma County Harvest Fair Board.  From 2012 to 2014, he served as the program chair for the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium.  He has also served on the boards of the Sonoma County Vineyard Technical Group and Sonoma County Tourism Bureau.  He started his career at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a producer of hybrid seeds for agriculture and worked there for 25 years responsible for research, research management and new business development.  He holds a B.S degree in agronomy from Iowa State University and a PhD in plant physiology from the University of Minnesota.


    2017 Award

    Richard L. Thomas of  Sonoma County, California is the recipient of the 2017 Monteith Award.  He is known foremost as a viticultural educator.  He helped to develop and introduce drip irrigation and trellising systems to California growers and has personally taught a huge percentage of Sonoma growers.  He oversaw the development of over 20,000 acres of vineyard land in the county between 1974 and 2000.  He was a founder of the Sonoma County Grape Growers Association and a co-founder of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.  He has been a widely published wine writer for a number of publications and the wine judging coordinator for several regional and national wine competitions.  He founded the Santa Rosa Junior College Viticultural program and has won numerous Congressional and regional awards.  He implemented the first educational workshops in Spanish for Latino farmworkers in the region.

    2016 Award

    In January 2017 Darrell Corti was presented with the Monteith Award at a ceremony at the University of California at Davis during an evening event put on by the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association for the students and faculty of the viticultural and enology program.

    Mr. Corti was selected as the recipient of the Monteith Award by the Board of Directors of the ASWA in November 2016 for his lifetime of contributions to the development of the wine industry.  Both as the proprietor of the famous Corti Brothers grocery store in Sacramento and as an internationally famous wine and food judge he has had a huge influence on the enhancement of quality of wine produced and marketed in California and the broadening of the spectrum of wine varietals available to the public.  His advice has been regularly sought out by winery owners and winemakers throughout California.

    2015 Award

    October 26, 2015 – At an elegant awards ceremony hosted by Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe held at the historic Governor’s Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, Luca Paschina, the manager and chief winemaker of Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville, Virginia, was presented with the Order of 

    Luca Paschina displays the Monteith Trophy. From left to right in the picture are Gordon W. Murchie, President Emeritus ASWA, Carl Brandhorst, President ASWA, Luca Paschina, daughter Maria Paschina, Mrs. Patricia Paschina, Peter Paschina, Benjamin Paschina and Governor Terry McAuliffe

    Merit from the Italian Government and the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association’s prestigious 126 ounce sterling silver Tiffany-crafted 2015 Monteith Wine Trophy.

    The awards were presented to Luca Paschina in recognition of his active involvement in the growth and advancement of the wine industry on both sides of the Atlantic. Some 100 guests attended the event, including Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, Gianni Zonin, head of the Zonin 1821 Italian Wine Company and owner of Barboursville Vineyards, former Virginia Governor Gerald Baliles, and many friends and colleagues of the Virginia wine industry.

    In the case of the Monteith Wine Bowl trophy presentation, the ASWA stated that it specifically was recognizing Luca Paschina’s exceptional contributions to the regional, national and international growing awareness and appreciation of the quality of wines being produced in the Commonwealth of Virginia and along the East Coast. Paschina whos the 32nd recipient of the trophy.


    2015 Award

    Dave McIntyre, wine columnist for The Washington Post, was presented the 2014 Monteith Wine Trophy by the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) at their 10th annual Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition ASWC) held in Haymarket, VA, July 19-20. It is given to individuals and organizations that have performed exceptional contributions to the development and sustainability of the American wine industry.


    Dave McIntyre, wine columnist for The Washington Post

    McIntyre joins a list of honorees that include most recently Margrit Mondavi, wife of Robert Mondavi. In 1980 the first recipient was Dr. Konstantin Frank who was largely credited with advancing the vinifera wine movement in New York that carried through to advance the quality of wine on the East Coast.

    Gordon Murchie, President Emeritus of ASWA and Carl Brandhorst, President, ASWA made the presentation to McIntyre. In his remarks, Murchie cited McIntyre’s role as co-founder of Drink Local Wine and his work at The Washington Post as an inspiration to others in wine and food journalisms to write about or to promote local wines and food products, particularly on the Atlantic Seaboard. Gordon said that, “Dave’s writings have contributed greatly to an increase in public consumer wine education and willingness to buy and try a wider range of wine varietals available in a growing wine market”.

    2013 Award


    From left to right is Gordon Murchie (ASWA) Anita Murchie (ASWA), Congressman Mike Thompson of California, Margrit Mondavi, Meaghan Frank of Chateau Frank Vineyards, NY, Carl Brandhorst (ASWA), Dave Barber (ASWA) and Anne Vercelli (ASWA).

    On the afternoon of January 25, 2013 at the Mondavi winery in Oakville, CA, the 2013 Monteith Wine Trophy was presented to Margrit Mondavi by the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association ( ASWA). The occasion was a luncheon meeting at the Mondavi winery with invited guests from the media, wineries, industry leaders, close friends and a special visit from Congressman Mike Thompson democratic co-chairman of the Congressional Wine Caucus and a great supporter of the wine industry not only in CA, but throughout the nation. Margrit Mondavi received the prestigious award for her exceptional support and contribution to the promotion of public education and appreciation of wine, food and the arts.

    2011 Award


    Bobby Koch, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wine Institute

    On the afternoon of May 4th, 2011, at the Art and Soul Restaurant on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the elegant 2011 Monteith Wine Trophy, one of the most prestigious awards in the American wine industry, was presented to Robert P. “Bobby” Koch, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wine Institute. The occasion was a luncheon meeting of the leadership of the Wine Institute during the organization’s annual Washington, D.C. industry policy and issues discussions and meetings with key federal departments and agencies, as well as with members of Congress of concern to the continuing growth of the wine industry.

    Bobby Koch, since joining Wine Institute in 1992, has demonstrated exemplary leadership in promoting the major policy and market interests of the wine industry and for providing “leadership, unity of purpose and inspiration toward the sustainability and economic growth of the American wine industry both nationally and internationally.”

    2020Ann Raffetto - Wagner Vineyards
    2019Dr. Joe Fiola - University of Maryland
    2018Nick Frey - Past President, Sonoma County Winegrape Commission
    2017Richard L. Thomas - Sonoma County, California
    2016Darrell Corti - Sacramento, California
    2015Luca Parchina - Winemaker, Virginia
    2014David McIntyre, The Washington Post Wine Columnist, Silver Spring, Maryland
    2013Margrit Mondavi, Mondavi Winery, Napa California
    2011Robert P. “Bobby” Koch, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wine Institute
    2009Karen Ross, President, California Association of Winegrape Growers
    2006-08Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and Jamestown 2007, America’s 400th Anniversary of the establishment of the Jamestown Colony in May of 1607
    2005Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, James Rees, Executive Director
    2004United States Congressional Wine Caucus, Washington, D.C.
    2003WineAmerica (American Vintners Association)
    2002Donniella Winchell, Executive Director, Ohio Wine Producers Association
    2001American Wine Society, President, Pamela J. Davey
    2000Willy K. Frank, Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars, Ltd., Hammondsport, New York, founded in 1962 by his father, Dr. Konstantin Frank, “The Father of Vinifera,” and the first recipient of the Monteith Trophy.
    1999Ms. Lynne Tuft, Artist and Author of The Grapes Grow Sweet
    1998Wines & Vines magazine, Philip E. Hiaring, Editor/Publisher
    1997Wine Enthusiast magazine, William R. Tisherman (Tish), Executive Editor and Vice President
    1996R. Curtis Ellison, M.D., Chief, Section of Preventative Medicine & Epidemiology, Boston University School of Medicine
    1995Jim Trezise, President, New York Wine & Grape Foundation
    1994K. Dun Gifford, President, Oldways Preservation & Exchange Trust, Boston, Massachusetts
    1993Ben Giliberti, Wine Writer, The Washington Post
    1992Professor Garth A. Cahoon, Ohio
    1991Dr. Professor Carl W. Haesler, Pennsylvania’s distinguished viticultural scientist
    1990Dr. David V. Peterson, Viticulturist, S.W. Missouri State University and Cornell University, Penn Yan, New York
    1989Dr. Robert G. Rizza of Kansas
    1988Florida Agricultural Extension
    1987Minnesota Grape Growers Association
    1986Wine East Magazine, Hudson Cattell, Editor
    1985Long Island Grape Growers Association
    1984The Georgia Grape Growers Association
    1983Mississippi Food and Enology Laboratory
    1982Tennessee Viticulture and Oenological Society
    1981Mrs. Thomas F. Furness, Proprietor, Piedmont Vineyards, who pioneered commercial Vinifera plantings in Virginia
    1980Dr. Konstantin Frank (first awarding of the Monteith Trophy)