Virginia Wineries Association Announces 2017 Governor’s Cup® Gold Medalists

Do you know which are the top wines in Virginia? The Virginia Wineries Association does. Its Governor’s Cup® Virginia Wine Competition judging is completed and the list of wines that took home gold medals has been announced.

The 2017 Virginia wine competition, held over a four-week duration from January through early February, saw twenty-three Virginia wines awarded gold, with eighteen red wines and five white wines from fifteen wineries receiving the coveted distinction. Now in its 35th year, the competition was revamped in 2012, to become one of the most stringent wine competitions in the United States.

The gold medalists from this year’s Governor’s Cup were selected from 494 entries of red and white wines, from 102 wineries.

2017 Governor’s Cup Gold Medalists:

Winery Name  Vintage  Wine Type
 Barboursville Vineyards  2013  Paxxito (Dessert)
 Barboursville Vineyards  2014  Cabernet Franc
 Breaux Vineyards Ltd.  2012  Meritage
 Breaux Vineyards Ltd.  2014  Meritage
 Cardinal Point Winery  2014  Union Red Blend
 Cross Keys Vineyards  2015  Cabernet Franc
 Horton Vineyards  2015  Viognier
 Ingleside Vineyards  2014  Petit Verdot
 Jefferson Vineyards  2012  Meritage
 Jefferson Vineyards  2014  Petit Verdot
 King Family Vineyards  NV  Brut Sparkling
 King Family Vineyards  2014  Loreley (Dessert)
 King Family Vineyards  2014  Petit Verdot
 Michael Shaps  2014  Meritage
 Michael Shaps  2014  Cabernet Franc
 Pollak Vineyards  2013  Cabernet Franc Res
 Sunset Hills Vineyard  2012  Mosaic Red Blend
 Barns at Hamilton Station  2014  Cabernet Sauvignon
 Barns at Hamilton Station  2014  Meritage
 Upper Shirley Vineyards  2014  Zachariah Red Blend
 Valley Road Vineyards  2014  Petit Verdot
 Veritas Vineyards & Winery  2014  Petit Manseng
 Veritas Vineyards & Winery  2014  Petit Verdot Paul Shaffer
Further impressive is that the following seven wineries were awarded more than one gold medal:
Barboursville Vineyards: (2)
Breaux Vineyards: (2)
Jefferson Vineyards: (2)
King Family Vineyards: (3)
Michael Shaps Wineworks: (2)
The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards: (2)
Veritas Vineyard & Winery: (2)
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