Five Southwest Virginia wineries and one cider house took home medals from this year’s Virginia Governor’s Cup event.
The highly competitive contest among the state’s wineries is organized by the Virginia Wineries Association, the Virginia Wine Board and the Virginia Vineyards Association. Several hundred individual wines are sampled each year by a panel of expert judges.
The judges award medals of gold, silver and bronze. After this year’s winners were announced late last week, I scoured the list to see how many local wineries I could find.
The contest is still fairly well dominated by wineries in Northern and central Virginia, particularly the Charlottesville area. None of our local wineries earned gold medals, but several silver and bronze medals did come home to our corner of the state.
Congratulations to the owners of the following wineries. If you are a wine aficionado, what do you think of Southwest Virginia wines?
AmRhein Wine Cellars, Bent Mountain
Silver, 2011 Vidal Blanc
Silver, 2011 Pinot Gris Reserve
Attimo Winery, Christiansburg
Silver, Vidal Blanc
Chateau Morrisette, Floyd
Silver, 2011 Chardonnay
Silver, 2009 Petit Verdot
Bronze, 2011 Frosty Dog
Bronze, 2011 Viognier
Bronze, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stanburn Winery, Stuart
Silver, 2011 Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, Vidal Blanc (Bull’s Blush)
Silver, 2011 Vidal Blanc (Meadow Breeze)
Bronze, 2011 Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc (Big A Red)
Bronze, 2011 Cabernet Franc
Bronze, 2011 Chambourcin
Beliveau Estate Winery, Blacksburg
Bronze, 2011 Vidal Blanc (Destiny)
Foggy Ridge Hard Cider, Dugspur
Silver, 2011 Sweet Stayman
Bronze, 2011 Handmade Cider
Bronze, 2011 Serious Cider
Bronze, 2011 First Fruit