9 Loudoun Wines Earn Gold in 2020 Governor’s Cup Judging

Eight Loudoun wineries were awarded gold medals during the 2020 Virginia Governor’s Cup competition.

They were among 40 wineries across the commonwealth to meet the top scoring threshold after four weeks of judging by 19 experts who evaluated 530 entries in the 28thyear of the program.

Breaux Vineyards took home two gold medals, for its 2015 Nebbiolo and its 2016 Merlot.

Other gold medal Loudoun wines are 868 Estate Vineyards’ 2017 Vidal Blanc; Greenhill Vineyards’ 2016 Mythology; Lost Creek Winery’s 2017 Cabernet Franc; Sunset Hills Vineyard’s 2017 Mosaic; The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards’ 2017 Meritage; Winery 32’s 2016 Thoroughbred Blend; and Zephaniah Farm Vineyard’s 2017 Friendship.

Overall, 20 Loudoun wineries and vineyards were recognized for their high-quality wines:

50 West Vineyards: Silver—2016 Aldie Heights Cuvee, 2018 Petit Manseng, 2017 Aldie Heights Cuvee.

868 Estate Vineyards: Gold—2017 Vidal Blanc; Silver—2017Altezza, Bronze—2017 Merlot, 2017 Petit Verdot.

Bluemont Vineyards: Silver— 2016 Ascent, 2016 Petit Verdot.

Boxwood Estate Winery: Silver— 2017 Topiary, 2015 Reserve

Breaux Vineyards: Gold—2015 Nebbiolo, 2016 Merlot; Silver—2017 Marquis de Lafayette, 2017 Nebbiolo, 2017 Meritage, 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Meritage, 2016 Malbec; Bronze—2017 Petit Verdot Nebbiolo.

Cana Vineyards and Winery of Middleburg: Silver—2017 Unité Reserve, 2018 Petit Maseng, 2015 Merlot; Bronze—2018 Albarino

Casanel Vineyards & Winery: Silver—2018 Chardonnay.

Creek’s Edge Winery: Silver—2017 Family Blend, 2018 Rosé, 2017 Chardonnay.

Doukenie Winery: Silver—2015 Dionysus, 2017 Vintner’s Reserve, 2017 Cabernet Franc, 2017 Merlot, 2017 Zeus; Bronze—2017 Chardonnay, 2017 Mandolin, 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon,.

Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery: Silver—2016 Norton, 2017 Traminette, 2015 Merlot, 2016 Merlot, 2015 Norton; Bronze—2017 Chambourcin Rosé, 2016 Chambourcin, 2017 Barrel Chardonnay,.

Fabbioli Cellars: Silver—Ladies Man, 2018 Chardonnay, 2016 Tre Sorelle, 2016 Tannat, 2016 Carmernere, Raspberry Merlot.

Greenhill Vineyards: Gold—2016 Mythology; Silver—2017 Chardonnay Reserve, 2017 Merot, 2018 Petit Manseng, 2017 Cabernet Franc.

Lost Creek Winery: Gold—2017 Cabernet Franc; Silver—2017 Trinity, 2017 Genesis, 2015 Syrah, 2017 Allure, 2016 Echelon.

October One Vineyard: Silver—2017 Cabernet Franc, 2018 Viognier.

Sunset Hills Vineyard: Gold—2017 Mosaic; Silver—2015 Petit Verdot, 2017 Petit Verdot, 2018 Viognier, 2015 Reserve Cabernet Franc, 2016 Mosaic; Bronze: 2016 Reserve Cabernet Franc.

The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards: Gold—2017 Meritage; Silver—2017 Petit Manseng, 2017 Cabernet Franc, 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon; Bronze—2018 Petit Manseng, 2018 Cascina

Two Twisted Posts Winery: Silver—2018 Chardonnay, 2017 Thomas Great, 2017 Cabernet Franc, 2018 Chardonnay, 2018 Piebald White; Bronze—2017 Chardonnay, 2016 Thomas Great.

Walsh Family Wine: Silver—2018 Petit Manseng, 2018 Chardonnay, 2017 Russ Mountain Merlot, 2017 Staggerwing Tannat.

Willowcroft Farm Vineyards: Silver—2017 Merlot, 2017 Riesling Muscat-Ottonel, 2017 Assemblage Select.

Winery 32: Gold—2016 Thoroughbred Blend; Silver—2016 Cabernet Franc, 2015 Petit Verdot; Bronze—2017 Merlot.

Zephaniah Farm Vineyard: Gold—2017 Friendship; Silver—2016 Cabernet Franc, 2016 Three Captains Red; Bronze—2018 Rosé, 2017 Viognier

The top Virginia wine and 11 others that will be included in the Governor’s Case will be announced at the invitation-only Virginia Governor’s Cup Celebration on Feb. 25.

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