Parallel 44 and Door 44: Celebrate title of Most Awarded Wisconsin Wineries

KEWAUNEE, Wis. (July 11, 2019) – For the 6th year in a row, Parallel 44 & Door 44 Vineyard & Winery were named the Most Awarded Wisconsin Wineries at the Wisconsin Professional Wine Competition.

The competition is known as “the Competition of the Year” for those producing wines grown and vinified in Wisconsin, making this title of particularly high merit. 

Twenty wineries submitted a total of 148 wines for consideration at the competition. When the results were tallied, the sister wineries took home nearly 25% of all the awards given. Parallel 44 was awarded more “Best of” designations than any other winery in the state of Wisconsin. In combination, the sister wineries received 27 medals or “Best of Division” awards. All 23 Parallel 44 and Door 44 wines entered received a medal—with two standouts receiving the highest honor of “Double Gold” which requires unanimous consent of the judges: Petite Pearl Reserve and Frozen Tundra White. Also receiving “Golds” were their Blue Moon and Frozen Tundra Original wines.

Co-owners Steve Johnson and Maria Milano, said of the awards, “It is with great pride and promise that we can announce once again, for the 6th year in a row, that we are consistently growing and crafting world-class wines from this unexpected corner of the wine world—right here in Wisconsin.”

Johnson and Milano continued, “This further supports our contention that great wine is grown more than its made. Cheers to all those who are pioneering with us our desire to redefine Wisconsin wine!”
For more information, contact Maria Milano at 888-932-0044 or [email protected] or visit
Parallel 44 and sister winery Door 44 are owned and operated by husband and wife, Steve Johnson and Maria Milano. The wineries are named for the geographic latitude which includes the famous wine regions of Bordeaux, France and Tuscany, Italy. Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery was established in Kewaunee in 2005 and Door 44 Winery followed in Sturgeon Bay in 2013. The company employs 20 people. They produce 125,000 bottles annually, with plans to double production over time.