The winners from among 100 wines entered in the second annual Loudoun Wine Awards have been announced, with Cana Vineyards & Winery, Doukénie Winery, Fabbioli Cellars, Greenhill Vineyards & Winery, and Sunset Hills Vineyard claiming gold medals.
There were seven gold medal wines and 25 silver medals; Cana Vineyards and Fabbioli Cellars each produced two gold medal entries. All 100 entries were created from 100 percent Virginia fruit at wineries in Loudoun County.
The best in each varietal category, the best-in-show Chairman’s Award, and the new Winemaker, Winegrower and Wine Ambassador of the year awards will be announced at an awards dinner Friday, Oct. 14, at Lansdowne Resort and Spa. The medal-winning wines will be poured at the Grand Tasting Reception prior to the dinner.
The judging was organized and coordinated by Neal Wavra of FABLE Hospitality. Judges were: Andy Meyers, wine director, Jose Andres Think Food Group and Master Sommelier; Kathy Morgan, wine consultant and master sommelier; Dave McIntyre, Washington Post wine writer; Frank Morgan, author, DrinkWhatYouLike.com; Jennifer Knowles, wine director, Jefferson Hotel, Washington, DC; Lucinda Smith, owner, Blue Ridge Libations.
“The Loudoun Wine Awards program is a great way to celebrate the accomplishments of the Loudoun County wine industry while also educating wineries with extensive judging feedback and peer discussion, thus elevating the quality of our wines moving forward,” wrote Aimee Henkle, chair of the Loudoun Wine Awards Committee and co-owner of The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek, in a statement announcing the awards.
This year’s program also included Winemaker Forum at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, attended by vineyard owners, winegrowers, and winemakers from across Loudoun County. Henkle said it was “an educational an evaluative tasting of the competition wines followed by a pivotal discussion regarding the Loudoun County terroir, wine quality and transformation of the county’s wine industry.”
Loudoun Wine Award dinner tickets are $79 per person and include the Grand Tasting Reception, the awards ceremony, and dinner. The dinner opens Epicurience Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the The Barn at One Loudoun.
“Our goal is to showcase the breadth and depth of quality of Loudoun County wines while providing an opportunity for ongoing quality improvement,” said Mark Fedor, President of the Loudoun Wineries Association Board and co-owner of North Gate Vineyard.
Register to attend the awards dinner at loudounwineawards2016.eventbrite.com.
2016 Loudoun Wine Award Competition Results
Gold Medal Winners
Cana Vineyards & Winery 2015 Vidal Blanc
Cana Vineyards & Winery 2015 Rkatsitelli
Doukénie Winery 2014 Petit Verdot
Fabbioli Cellars 2013 Tre Sorelle
Fabbioli Cellars 2013 Cabernet Franc Reserve
Greenhill Vineyards & Winery 2014 Philosophy
Sunset Hills Vineyard 2014 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Silver Medal Winners
50 West Vineyards 2013 Aldie Heights Cuvee
8 Chains North Winery 2015 LoCo Vino
868 Estate Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay
868 Estate Vineyards 2015 Chardonel
Bluemont Vineyards 2015 Viognier
Bluemont Vineyards 2015 Albarino
Bluemont Vineyards 2015 Petit Manseng
Catoctin Creek Vineyards 2011 Petit Verdot
Creek’s Edge Winery 2015 Vidal Blanc
Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery 2015 Traminette
Fabbioli Cellars 2014 Chambourcin
Greenhill Vineyards & Winery 2014 Mythology
Hiddencroft Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Franc
Hiddencroft Vineyard 2009 Merlot Reserve
Maggie Malick Wine Caves 2015 Petit Manseng
Notaviva Vineyards 2014 Cantibile
Notaviva Vineyards 2012 Excelsis
Northgate Vineyards 2014 Meritage
Northgate Vineyards 2014 Merlot
Northgate Vineyards 2014 Chambourcin
Stone Tower Winery 2013 Hogback Mountain
Sunset Hills Vineyard 2015 Viognier
The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek 2015 Chardonnay
Zephaniah Farm Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Franc
Zephaniah Farm Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon