GORDONSVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Horton Vineyards in Gordonsville won the 2019 Virginia Governor's Cup competition Tuesday night. It's a sweet victory that means a lot to the Horton family after the recent passing of founder, father, and husband, Dennis Horton.
The Governor's Cup is one of the most prestigious awards for a Virginia winery to win. Horton Vineyards' 2016 Petit Manseng won the cup out of 68 gold medal-winning wines. More than 500 wines competed for the Governor's Cup in all.
This wine is the first white wine to win it all since 2012. Wines in the competition are required to be made with 100 percent from Virginia fruit.
Shannon Horton, who helped make the wine with her mother Sharon Horton, and the daughter of founder Dennis Horton who passed away last summer, said she is happy to continue his legacy of trying new things to make great wines.
"It's very exciting to be able to pay homage to his legacy, of what he's done for the industry," said Shannon. "And for it to be this grape, the Petit Manseng which is generally not as well known grape but is perfect for the Virginia climate and has done so well within this state."
Their Petit Manseng is now part of the top 12 wines that make up the Governor's Case. Shannon said her mother and her want to thank everyone that helped them, from the field workers to the winemakers.
Other wines included in the Governor's Case are Barboursville Vineyards 2017 Vermentino Reserve, Early Mountain Vineyards 2016 Eluvium, Glen Manor Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc, King Family VIneyards 2016 Mountain Plains and 2016 Meritage, Paradize Springs Winery 2015 Meritage, and five wines from Virginia Wine Works. Those are the 2016 Hamlet Vineyards Eltham, 2016 Michael Shaps Petit Manseng, 2016 Michael Shaps Raisin d'Etre White, 2015 Michael Shaps Tannat, and 2014 Upper Shirley Zachariah.
Horton Vineyard's winning wine can currently only be tasted and bought at the vineyard, or at festivals where it will be showcasing their wine.