Two Loudoun Wineries Win Coveted Governor’s Case Slots

The offerings of two Loudoun wineries were honored this week when they were selected for inclusion in the 2018 Governor’s Cup Case.

The Barns at Hamilton Station had two wines selected: the Virginia Cellars 2015 The Barns at Hamilton Station Petit Verdot and the Virginia Cellars 2015 The Barns at Hamilton Station Meritage. The winemaker is Michael Shaps, founder of Virginia Cellars. It is the second consecutive year that The Barns at Hamilton Station has earned top honors in the statewide contest. Last year, the winery’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon was the Governor’s Cup winner—the top overall prize.

North Gate Vineyard’s 2015 Petit Verdot also was included in the selection of Virginia’s top dozen wines. Owner and winemakers Mark and Vicki Fedor planted their first grapes on their property north of Purcellville in 2002 and opened the winery with a LEED Gold certified tasting room in 2007. It is the fourth time the Fedors have contributed to the Governor’s Case, with their 2011-13 Meritage vintages also wining top honors.

The 2018 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition was conducted over four weeks of preliminary tastings, held at the Capital Wine School in Washington, DC, in January. The final round of tastings was held in Richmond in early February. The Governor’s Cup award winner—King Family Vineyards’ 2014 Meritage—was selected from among the top 12 scoring red and white wines chosen from more than 440 entries from 100 wineries.

Other top winners announced Tuesday were:

  • Barboursville Vineyards 2014 Paxxito
  • CrossKeys Vineyards 2015 Ali d’Oro
  • Early Mountain Vineyards 2015 Eluvium
  • Jefferson Vineyards 2016 Viognier
  • Jefferson Vineyards 2015 Viognier
  • Keswick Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve
  • North Gate Vineyard 2015 Petit Verdot
  • Potomac Point Winery 2016 Cabernet Franc
  • Veritas Vineyards & Winery 2015 Petit Verdot.

Six wines are from the Monticello American Viticultural Area, four wines are from the Northern Virginia area and one is from the Shenandoah Valley. Wine must be made from 100 percent Virginia fruit to compete for the awards. Virginia is home to 280 wineries and 300 vineyards that cultivate more than 3,800 acres of grapes.

It is the second consecutive year that The Barns at Hamilton Station has earned top honors in the statewide contest. Last year, the winery’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon was the Governor’s Cup winner—the top overall prize.

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