Home Winemakers Competition

The Italian Festival Homemade Wine Competition is back this year!

Now in its seventh year, the competition welcomes your homemade entries in the red, white, or cordial categories. (Cordials include anisette, fruit wine, limoncello & others) All entries must be presented in 750ml bottles. Bottle must be labeled as follows: name of contestant, item type, & year made. Contestants may enter no more than two (2) entries per category.

The competition will take place on the opening Sunday, 6/11, adjacent to Il Mercato (area to the right of  the church & behind the rectory)  A contribution of $5 is requested for each entry. Registration/bottle drop-off will take place between 2-3:30PM,  and judging will take place starting at 4PM at the registration tent.  The results of the competition will be announced at 6:30PM at the registration tent. All decisions of the Il Circolo Culturale & the judges will be final.

To enter, please complete a registration form (link to downloadable form here) and bring it with you on the day of the competition, or return it to St. Anthony’s by mail (901 N. DuPont St; Wilmington, DE 19805 ATTN: Anthony Albence) or e-mail the completed form as an attachment to: Anthony Albence.  (NOTE: Copies of the entry form will also be available at St. Anthony’s rectory at address listed above.)


2016 Italian Festival Home Winemakers Competition Winners

Category:  White

1st place:  Holly Hanevich (2015 Chardonnay)

2nd place:  Rick Spradlin (2015 Sauvignon Blanc)

3rd place:  Kay Messina (2012 Spiced Apple Wine)


Category:  Red

1st place:  Ron Kuhn (2015 Malbec)

2nd place:  Ron Kuhn (2015 Pinot Noir)

3rd place:  Joe Giordano (2015 Sangiovese)


Category:  Cordial

1st place:  Kay Messina (2016 Coconut Rum)

2nd place:  Matthew Spinelli (2014 CBR Porto)

3rd place:  Rebecca Margis (2015 Raspberry Wine)


Sixth Annual Homemade Wine Competition – The Robert Torres Award -Best of Show:

Winner:  Ron Kuhn



About the Robert Torres Award:

The Robert Torres award was created in the memory of long time Wilmington Wine Guild member Robert Torres who has passed away almost 2 years ago.  Rob was an excellent wine maker who won the first Best Of Show award at the St. Anthony festival 4 years ago. Rob also had won numerous awards at the Wilmington Vendemmia taking first place more than once. Rob’s connection with the Festival started 6 years ago when Rob was asked to display his wine and explain his wine making craft.  Rob would bring several cases of his homemade wine that he let the patrons of the Festival taste them. Rob was happy to answer any questions concerning how to make homemade wine. For 2 years Rob donated this wine and asked for nothing in return.


2017 Dates & Times

Sunday, 6/11: 2-10:30PM
Monday-Friday, 6/12-6/16: 5:30-10:30PM
Saturday, 6/17: 2-10:30PM
Sunday, 6/18: 2-8:30PM

2017 Admission Pricing

Admission Pricing:
Ages 14-61: $5/day
Under age 14: FREE (when accompanied by parent/guardian 18 or older)
Over age 61: FREE

8-Day Passes: Available for $12 pre-Festival & for $15 on-site

Visa/MasterCard/Discover/Festival Gift Card accepted

2017 Midway Ride Pricing-TBD

2016 Midway Ride Pricing
2 tickets for $3
24 tickets for $25
54 tickets for $50

Cash/Visa/MC/Discover/Festival Gift Card accepted

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