Lost Creek Winery brought home a Best in Class award from the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. It is one of only three Virginia wineries to win the award since 2001.
The Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek is a 50-acre winery near the Potomac River northeast of Leesburg. Owners Todd and Aimee Hinkle produce 2,500 cases per year from its 16 acres of vineyard.
The Lost Creek 2015 Reserve Chardonnay, made by winemaker Todd Henkle entirely from estate-grown Virginia grapes, also won a gold medal. The wine is barrel-fermented and aged in French oak for 10 months.
The competition, billed as the “largest competition of American wines,” featured more than 7,000 entries from 28 states.
“We are thrilled to be among a handful of Virginia wineries who have received a Best of Class recognition from the San Francisco Chronicle competition,” co-owner Aimee Henkle said.
She said that to demonstrate wine excellence in a competition with thousands of wines from the top wine-producing regions in the country not only validates the work she and her husband are doing at Lost Creek, but also showcases Virginia as a high-quality wine region.
Todd Henkle said he changed some aspects of the winery’s Chardonnay program in an effort to take it to the next level and it was satisfying to see the results recognized on a national level.