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Contest is the largest of its kind for U.S. wines including entries from 35 states.

Maragas Winery took home five medals from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition last week.

The winery, which is located in Jefferson County just north of Terrebonne, won gold in the Red Blend: Cabernet Franc leading blend for its Frank Franc.

It won two silver medals, in the $34 and over Malbec category and the $30 and over tempranillo category. Its two bronze medals were in the $20-$29.99 white blends category, for its Blanco, and in the $38-$40.99 Zinfandel category.

The contest is the largest of its kind for American wines, with around 7,000 entries from 35 states each year.

"We're delighted with the results!" said a news release from the winery. "We've just celebrated our 20th anniversary, and we're very grateful for our ability to work at what we love and these results. We've come a long way at our winery and vineyard. So many things are coming together. Although my family has been in this business for many, many years, I did not anticipate it taking this long to get where we're at.

"We have won medals in San Francisco for our wine made just north of Terrebonne for several years now," the release continued. "It's a great feeling of accomplishment that we've been received by the wine establishment and our beloved customers as contenders in the highest levels of winemaking."

Maragas prides itself on making wine in the Southern European style, taught to Maragas winemaker, Doug Maragas, by his family since childhood. Doug, and his wife Gina, have managed and developed the winery from its beginnings on the east side of Bend to its current location at their winery and vineyard, which grows traditional European wine grapes.


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