Awards | Virginia Wine’s Governors Cup Gold Medals announced

Portions of a press release from today:

“The Virginia Wineries Association Governor’s Cup Virginia Wine Competition judging is final, and the list of golds are announced. Ninety-nine Virginia wines have been awarded gold medals in the 2018 Virginia wine competition, which was held over a four-week period during late January and early February. Now in its 36th year, the competition was revamped in 2012 to become one of the most stringent and thorough wine competitions in the country. 

More information, plus a full list, after the Jump


“The gold medalists from this year’s Governor’s Cup were selected from 442 entries of both red and white wines, from 100 different Virginia wineries. Ninety-nine of the wines scored a 90 or higher on a 100-point score range. This is the highest number of gold medals ever received for this prestigious competition.

“The esteemed panel of judges, directed by Jay Youmans – one of only 45 Masters of Wine (MW) in the U.S. – had the difficult task of ranking each wine based on a unified scoring system. Any wine made from 100% Virginia fruit is eligible for the Governor’s Cup Competition (ciders and fruit wines have their own categories). Entries must include an affidavit with a certification of 100% Virginia fruit and vineyard particulars, including grower names and location, as well as information on alcohol, acidity or basicity (pH), and residual sugar.

“The highest scoring wine of the competition will be awarded the grand prize of the Governor’s Cup itself. The winner of the Governor’s Cup will be announced by Governor Ralph Northam at the Virginia Governor’s Cup Gala on February 27, 2018″

– From Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office [LINK]


2018 Governor’s Cup Gold Medalists


Legend: Winery – Vintage – Wine Type – Year

868 Estate Vineyards Cabernet Franc Reserve Cabernet Franc 2015
868 Estate Vineyards Meritage Reserve Meritage 2015
Afton Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2016
Afton Mountain Vineyards Tradition Meritage 2016
Barboursville Vineyards Octagon Meritage 2012
Barboursville Vineyards Paxxito Dessert 2013
Barboursville Vineyards Paxxito Dessert 2014
Barboursville Vineyards Octagon Meritage 2014
Barboursville Vineyards Octagon Meritage 2015
Barboursville Vineyards Vermentino Reserve Vermentino 2016
Bluestone Vineyard.Cadenza Meritage 2014
Bluestone Vineyard,Petit Manseng Petit Manseng 2016
Bold Rock Hard Cider Crimson Red Vintage  DryCider NV
Bozzo Family Vineyards 2nd Act Meritage 2016
Breaux Vineyards Meritage Meritage 2015
Breaux Vineyards Nebbiolo Nebbiolo 2015
Casanel Vineyards & Winery Petit Verdot Petit Verdot 2015
Castle Hill Cider Serendipity Cider 2016
Chateau Morrisette 2015 Petit Verdot Petit Verdo t2015
Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farms Viognier 2016 Viognier 2016
Cooper Vineyards 53rd Winery and Vineyard Petit Verdot Petit Verdot 2015
CrossKeys Vineyards Ali d’Oro Dessert 2015
Doukenie Winery Petit Verdot Petit Verdot 2015
Doukenie Winery Vintner’s Reserve Meritage 2015
Doukenie Winery Cabernet Franc Cabernet Franc 2015
Ducard Vineyards Petit Verdot Petit Verdot 2014
Ducard Vineyards Signature Viognier Viognier 2016
Early Mountain Vineyards Eluvium 2014 Meritage 2014
Early Mountain Vineyards Eluvium 2015 Meritage 2015
Early Mountain Vineyards Quaker Run Chardonnay 2016 Chardonnay 2015
Early Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay 2016 Chardonnay 2016
Early Mountain VineyardsNovum 2015Meritage2015
Effingham Manor & WineryTannatTannat2014
Flying Fox VineyardTrioMeritage2015
Flying Fox VineyardViognierViognier2016
Fox Meadow WineryLe Renard RougeMeritage2015
Glen Manor VineyardsHodder HillMeritage2013
Glen Manor VineyardsHodder HillMeritage2014
Glen Manor VineyardsHodder HillMeritage2015
Granite Heights WineryLomax ReserveMeritage2012
Ingleside VineyardsVirginia GoldMeritage2014
Ingleside VineyardsLeft BankMeritage2014
Jefferson Vineyards, LPMeritageMeritage2014
Jefferson Vineyards, LPViognierViognier2015
Jefferson Vineyards, LPViognierViognier2016
Keswick VineyardsCabernet Franc Estate ReserveCabernet Franc2016
King Family Vineyards Meritage Meritage 2014
King Family Vineyards Mountain Plains Meritage 2015
King Family Vineyards Loreley Dessert 2015
King Family Vineyards Viognier (Small Batch Series) Viognier 2016
King Family Vineyards Chardonnay Chardonnay 2016
Lost Creek WineryReserve Chardonnay Chardonnay 2015
Michael Shaps Wineworks Michael Shaps L. Scott Tannat blend 2013
Michael Shaps WineworksMichael Shaps Meritage Meritage 2014
Michael Shaps WineworksMichael Shaps Petit Verdot Petit Verdot 2015
Michael Shaps WineworksMichael Shaps L. Scott Tannat blend 2015
Michael Shaps WineworksMichael Shaps Petit Manseng Petit Manseng 2015
Michael Shaps WineworksMichael Shaps Chardonnay Chardonnay 2015
Michael Shaps WineworksMichael Shaps Meritage Meritage 2015
Michael Shaps WineworksMichael Shaps Cabernet Franc Cabernet Franc 2015
Michael Shaps WineworksMichael Shaps Petit Manseng Petit Manseng 2016
Mountain and Vine Vineyards and Winery, dba Delfosse Vineyards and WineryGrand Cru ReserveMeritage2016
Muse VineyardsThaliaMarsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier2016
Naked Mountain VineyardTannatTannat2016
Narmada WineryYash VirMeritage2014
North Gate VineyardPetit VerdotPetit Verdot2015
Paradise Springs WineryPVTTannat blend2013
Paradise Springs WineryMeritageMeritage2015
Paradise Springs WineryCabernet FrancCabernet Franc2015
Paradise Springs WineryPetit MansengPetit Manseng2016
Paradise Springs WineryChardonnayChardonnay2016
Pearmund CellarsAmeritage ReserveMeritage2015
Pearmund CellarsPetit MansengPetit Manseng2016
Pippin Hill Farm & VineyardsVintner’s Meritage ReserveMeritage2013
Pippin Hill Farm & VineyardsCabernet SauvignonCabernet Sauvignon2015
Pippin Hill Farm & VineyardsMerlot ReserveMerlot2015
Pippin Hill Farm & VineyardsViognierViognier2016
Pollak VineyardsMeritageMeritage2013
Pollak VineyardsMeritageMeritage2014
Pollak VineyardsCabernet Franc ReserveCabernet Franc2015
Potomac Point WineryCabernet FrancCabernet Franc2016
Stinson VineyardsChardonnayChardonnay2015
Tarara WineryNevaeh RedMerlot/Syrah Blend2015
Thistle Gate Vineyard LLCPetit VerdotPetit Verdot2015
Trump WinerySparkling Blanc de Noir 2012Sparkling2012
Two Twisted Posts Winery LLCThomas GreatMeritage2014
Upper Shirley CellarsUpper Shirley TannatTannat2015
Valley Road Vineyards, LCViognierViognier2015
Veritas Vineyards & WineryPetit VerdotPetit Verdot2015
Veritas Vineyards & WineryVintner’s ReserveMeritage2015
Veritas Vineyards & WineryViognierViognier2016
Veritas Vineyards & WinerySauvignon BlancSauvignon Blanc2016
Virginia CellarsThe Barns at Hamilton Station Petit VerdotPetit Verdot2015
Virginia CellarsThe Barns at Hamilton Station MeritageMeritage2015
Virginia CellarsHamlet Vineyards Petit VerdotPetit Verdot2015
Virginia CellarsBrix & Columns Vineyards ViognierViognier2016
Virginia CellarsNicewonder Vineyards ViognierViognier2016
Whitebarrel WineryFig WineFruit WineNV
Willowcroft Farm VineyardsWillowcroft Assemblage SelectMeritage2015

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