8 Loudoun Wineries Win Governor’s Cup Awards

It seems 2015 was a good wine year in Loudoun County. Eight Loudoun wineries won 2018 Governor’s Cup Gold Medals, the Virginia Wine Marketing Office announced Friday, and each of the local gold winners were harvested in 2015.

Doukenie Winery took home three gold medals, the most of any Loudoun winery. The top prizes went to the winery’s 2015 Pettit Verdot, a 2015 Vintner’s Reserve Meritage, and 2015 Cabernet Franc.

George Bazaco, who owns the winery with his wife, Nicki, said they felt like their wine might do well in the statewide competition, as they had recently won a  Double Gold, Gold and four Silver medals in the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the nation’s largest with over 7,000 entries.

“So we knew they’re good wines and we were hoping for the best,” Bazaco said. “We were very happy to hear the results.”

868 Estate Vineyards, near Hillsboro, won gold awards for its 2015 Cabernet Franc Reserve and 2015 Meritage Reserve. Breaux Vineyards’ 2015 Nebbiolo and 2015 Meritage also won gold.

Other Loudoun gold medalists were Casanel Vineyards & Winery and North Gate Vineyard, both for their 2015 Petit Verdot; Lost Creek Winery, for its 2015 Reserve Chardonnay; Tarara Winery, for its 2015 Nevaeh Red Merlot/Syrah Blend; and Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, for its 2015 Willowcroft Assemblage Select Meritage.

The highest 12 ranking red and white wines will become the Governor’s Case and will be highlighted along with all gold medalists at the Virginia Governor’s Cup Gala on Feb. 27.

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