It was a big night for Doug Fabbioli as his peers gathered for the second annual Loudoun Wine Awards on Friday at the National Conference Center.
He was named Winemaker of the Year and Fabbioli Cellars was presented the Chairman’s Grand Award for producing the top-scoring wine in the competition.
Other top awards included Sunset Hill’s Quinton Garcia being named Wine Grower of the Year and Bonnie Archer, of Zephaniah Vineyards, named Wine Ambassador of the Year.
Winners of varietal categories were:
Best Hybrid White Wine: 2015 Vidal Blanc by Cana Vineyards.
Best Hybrid Red Wine: 2014 Chambourcin by Northgate Vineyards.
Best Vinifera White Wine: 2015 Rkatsiteli by Cana Vineyards.
Best Vinifera Red Wine: 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon by Zephaniah Vineyards.
Best Vinifera Red Wine: 2014 Merlot by Northgate Vineyards.
Best Chardonnay: 2014 Chardonnay by 868 Estate Vineyards.
Best Viognier: 2015 Viognier by Sunset Hills Vineyards.
Cabernet Franc: 2013 Cabernet Franc Reserve by Fabbioli Cellars.
Best Petit Verdot: 2014 Petit Verdot by Doukenie Winery.
Best Bordeaux Blend: 2013 Tre Sorelle by Fabbioli Cellars.
Best Bordeaux Blend: 2014 Philosophy by Greenhill Vineyards & Winery.
Presented the top winemaker award, Fabbioli was lauded for his winemaking expertise and for his pioneering leadership in and dedication to the cause of furthering Loudoun’s wine industry over a 20-year period.
Loudoun County Economic Development Director Buddy Rizer presented the Winegrower of the Year award to Garcia. The award recognizes a Loudoun winegrower for farming of high-quality grapes, innovation in viticulture, and leadership in Loudoun’s wine growing industry. Garcia has been managing county vineyards for more than 15 years and has been instrumental in installing and managing a large percentage of Loudoun vineyards.
The Wine Ambassador of the Year award was established to recognize an individual who exemplifies exceptional service and professionalism through consistent leadership and outstanding hospitality. Archer, owner and general manager of Zephaniah Vineyards south of Leesburg. Archer was recognized for her love of farming and agriculture. Guests refer to her as “extremely friendly, passionate, welcoming and knowledgeable,” and someone who makes them feel completely at home during their tasting experience.
County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall presented the Chairman’s Grand Award to Fabbioli Cellars for its 2013 Cabernet France Reserve, the top scoring wine in the competition. The wine was described as “a fantastic wine to introduce people to Virginia wine. Its intensity of flavor, intriguing nose, and wonderful depth and texture is a perfect example of how delicious Loudoun County wine can be.”