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Virginia Wineries Association Announces 2018 Governor’s Cup® Gold Medalists, The Virginia Wine Person of the Year, & The Virginia Wine Lifetime Achievement Award

Richmond, Va. (Feb. 9, 2018)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.

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 (a full list is included at the bottom of this release). Patterns emerged with this year’s awards. Of the gold medal winning wines, strong categories for 2018 included:

  • 36 Bordeaux Blend wines
  • 11 Petit Verdots
  • 11 Viogniers
  • 8 Chardonnays
  • 5 Petit Mansengs
  • 3 Tannats and 3 red blends with Tannat
  • 4 dessert wines

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.

Commenting on this year’s judging, Jay Youmans said, “There are several factors that contributed to this banner year for the Virginia Governor’s Cup. Several judges commented that the white wines really stood out this year. In addition, the overall caliber of wines were outstanding. The scores of wines that were sent to the final round of judging from the preliminary round were on average, two points higher than in previous years. This is a significant difference. Combined, the end result is an exceptional year for wines in this competition.”

Of the gold medal winning wines, twelve top scoring red and white wines will then comprise the Governor’s Cup Case® to showcase the state’s top wines. 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; the other eleven wines that make the Governor’s Cup Case® will also be recognized. The gala is a private invitation only event.

The rapid growth of Virginia’s vibrant wine industry has made it one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in the state. Today, there are over 280 wineries in Virginia, and 300 vineyards that cultivate over 3,800 acres of grapes. Virginia wines have been gaining praise among wine critics for caliber of wines being produced and for the dramatic increases in wine quality in recent years. Both the Governor’s Cup® Competition and the resulting Governor’s Cup

Case® boost the visibility of the Virginia wine region through various marketing programs and exposure to top wine critics and tastemakers.

Virginia Wine Person of the Year and Virginia Wine Lifetime Achievement Award

The Virginia Wineries Association also announces the 2018 Virginia Wine Person of the Year and the 2018 Virginia Wine Lifetime Achievement Award.

Frank Britt, a Lynchburg businessman and the original publisher of the online magazine and e-newsletter, Official Virginia Wine Lover, will be posthumously named Virginia Wine Person of the Year. Mr. Britt passed away in May 2017. Described as a “well-known pillar of the community,” he founded Britt Marketing & Public Relations in 1981, concentrating on clients in commerce and industry. Britt’s interest in wine and the Virginia wine industry began some ten years ago with a budding interest in visiting local wineries, resulting in many friendships with winery owners, winemakers, staff personnel, and others in the industry. Beginning in 2008, Britt dedicated himself to promoting the industry with the online publication, Official Virginia Wine Lover. He has served as consultant for a number of wine festivals around the state; in 2013, Britt initiated his own event in Lynchburg, the James River Wine & Music Festival. His wife, June Britt, will be accepting the award on his behalf.

The Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Lucie Morton, an internationally recognized author, viticulturist, ampelographer, lecturer, consultant, and research collaborator. Based in Virginia, Morton has provided advice on viticulture to numerous national and international wineries. She received her higher education in viticulture in Europe, but her practical education began in Virginia – working as a vineyard manager on her family’s farm along the banks of the Potomac River. Most recently, Morton has been working with geologists to show the need for revising potassium recommendations based on soil analyses, as well as with plant pathologists to better understand how wood fungi impact developing fruit clusters.

Both Frank Britt and Lucie Morton will be honored at the Governor’s Cup® Gala on Tuesday, February 27th in Richmond, VA.

For more information about the Governor’s Cup or events, tours and tastings, please visit the Virginia Wine Marketing Office’s website at http://www.virginiawine.org/ or call 8043448200.

2018 Governor’s Cup Gold Medalists

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, Inc. Cadenza Meritage 2014
Bluestone Vineyard, Inc. Petit Manseng Petit Manseng 2016
Bold Rock Hard Cider Crimson Red Vintage Dry Cider NV
Bozzo Family Vineyards LLC 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 Verdot 2015
Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure
Farms
Viognier2016 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 Vineyards Novum 2015 Meritage 2015
Effingham Manor & Winery Tannat Tannat 2014
Flying Fox Vineyard Trio Meritage 2015
Flying Fox Vineyard Viognier Viognier 2016
Fox Meadow Winery Le Renard Rouge Meritage 2015
Glen Manor Vineyards Hodder Hill Meritage 2013
Glen Manor Vineyards Hodder Hill Meritage 2014
Glen Manor Vineyards Hodder Hill Meritage 2015
Granite Heights Winery Lomax Reserve Meritage 2012
Ingleside Vineyards Virginia Gold Meritage 2014
Ingleside Vineyards Left Bank Meritage 2014
Jefferson Vineyards, LP Meritage Meritage 2014
Jefferson Vineyards, LP Viognier Viognier 2015
Jefferson Vineyards, LP Viognier Viognier 2016
Keswick Vineyards Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc 2016
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 Winery Reserve Chardonnay Chardonnay 2015
Michael Shaps Wineworks Michael Shaps L. Scott Tannat blend 2013
Michael Shaps Wineworks Michael Shaps Meritage Meritage 2014
Michael Shaps Wineworks Michael Shaps Petit Verdot Petit Verdot 2015
Michael Shaps Wineworks Michael Shaps L. Scott Tannat blend 2015
Michael Shaps Wineworks Michael Shaps Petit Manseng Petit Manseng 2015
Michael Shaps Wineworks Michael Shaps Chardonnay Chardonnay 2015
Michael Shaps Wineworks Michael Shaps Meritage Meritage 2015
Michael Shaps Wineworks Michael Shaps Cabernet Franc Cabernet Franc 2015
Michael Shaps Wineworks Michael Shaps Petit Manseng Petit Manseng 2016
Mountain and Vine Vineyards and
Winery, dba Delfosse Vineyards
and Winery
Grand Cru Reserve Meritage 2016
Muse Vineyards Thalia Marsanne, Roussanne, and
Viognier
2016
Naked Mountain Vineyard Tannat Tannat 2016
Narmada Winery Yash Vir Meritage 2014
North Gate Vineyard Petit Verdot Petit Verdot 2015
Paradise Springs Winery PVT Tannat blend 2013
Paradise Springs Winery Meritage Meritage 2015
Paradise Springs Winery Cabernet Franc Cabernet Franc 2015
Paradise Springs Winery Petit Manseng Petit Manseng 2016
Paradise Springs Winery Chardonnay Chardonnay 2016
Pearmund Cellars Ameritage Reserve Meritage 2015
Pearmund Cellars Petit Manseng Petit Manseng 2016
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Vintner’s Meritage Reserve Meritage 2013
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Merlot Reserve Merlot 2015
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Viognier Viognier 2016
Pollak Vineyards Meritage Meritage 2013
Pollak Vineyards Meritage Meritage 2014
Pollak Vineyards Cabernet Franc Reserve Cabernet Franc 2015
Potomac Point Winery Cabernet Franc Cabernet Franc 2016
Stinson Vineyards Chardonnay Chardonnay 2015
Tarara Winery Nevaeh Red Merlot/Syrah Blend 2015
Thistle Gate Vineyard LLC Petit Verdot Petit Verdot 2015
Trump Winery Sparkling Blanc de Noir 2012 Sparkling 2012
Two Twisted Posts Winery LLC Thomas Great Meritage 2014
Upper Shirley Cellars Upper Shirley Tannat Tannat 2015
Valley Road Vineyards, LC Viognier Viognier 2015
Veritas Vineyards & Winery Petit Verdot Petit Verdot 2015
Veritas Vineyards & Winery Vintner’s Reserve Meritage 2015
Veritas Vineyards & Winery Viognier Viognier 2016
Veritas Vineyards & Winery Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Virginia Cellars The Barns at Hamilton Station
Petit Verdot
Petit Verdot 2015
Virginia Cellars The Barns at Hamilton Station
Meritage
Meritage 2015
Virginia Cellars Hamlet Vineyards Petit Verdot Petit Verdot 2015
Virginia Cellars Brix & Columns Vineyards
Viognier
Viognier 2016
Virginia Cellars Nicewonder Vineyards
Viognier
Viognier 2016
Whitebarrel Winery Fig Wine Fruit Wine NV
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards Willowcroft Assemblage Select Meritage 2015

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  1. Congratulations to medalists and judges at the 2018 Virginia Governor’s Cup, whose work underscores the drive for quality that has made Virginia one of America’s top wine states.

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