Local wineries take gold in 2018 Governor's Cup

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MADISON COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- More than a dozen local wineries and vineyards have won gold medals in the 2018 Virginia Governor's Cup.

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The competition was held last week, with 99 gold medals being awarded. Of those, 47 went to wines from members of the Monticello Wine Trail, which covers Albemarle, Greene, Madison, Nelson and Orange counties.

"We are incredibly proud of the vineyard and winemaking teams in the Monticello AVA," said George Hodson, president of the Monticello Wine Trail. "Since the Jeffersonian Wine Grape Growers Society was formed in 1982, members have been committed to producing quality wines and this record number of gold medals is validation of the great work that our member wineries are doing."

Afton Mountain Vineyards won two gold medals for its 2016 Chardonnay Estate Reserve and 2016 Tradition.

Barboursville Vineyards brought home six gold medals for its 2012 Octagon, 2014 Octagon, 2015 Octagon, 2013 Paxxito, 2014 Paxxito, and 2016 Vermentino Reserve.

Delfosse Vineyards and Winery won one gold medal for its 2016 Grand Cru Reserve.

Early Mountain won five gold awards for its 2014 and 2015 Eluvium, 2015 Novum, 2016 Chardonnay, and 2015 Quaker Run Chardonnay.

Flying Fox Vineyard brought home two for its 2015 Trio and 2016 Viognier.

Jefferson Vineyards won three for its 2014 Meritage, 2015 Viognier, and 2016 Viognier.

Keswick Vineyards' 2016 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve was its sole gold medal.

King Family Vineyards won five golds for its 2014 Meritage, 2015 Mountain Plains, 2015 Loreley, 2016 Viognier (small batch series), and 2016 Chardonnay.

Michael Shaps Winworks brought home the most gold medals, with nine, for its 2013 and 2015 L. Scott, 2014 and 2015 Meritage, 2015 Petit Verdot, 2015 Cabernet Franc, 2015 and 2016 Petit Manseng, and 2015 Chardonnay.

Four gold medals went to Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards for its 2013 Vinter's Meritage Reserve, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Merlot Reserve, and 2016 Viognier.

For Pollak Vineyards, three gold medals were awarded for its 2013 and 2014 Meritage as well as the 2015 Cabernet Franc Reserve.

Stinson Vineyards' 2015 Chardonnay was its only gold medal winner, and Trump Winery's 2012 Blanc de Noir was the sole gold medal there.

Finally, Veritas Vineyards and Winery received four gold medals for its 2015 Petit Verdot, 2015 Meritage, 2016 Viognier, and 2016 Sauvignon Blanc.

According to a release, the Virginia Governor's Cup is considered one of the most stringent wine competitions in the country.

More than 440 wines from 100 wineries across the Commonwealth were judged.

In order to be entered into the competition, wines must be made from 100 percent Virgina fruit and undergo a four-week judging course.

On Feb. 27, the Governor's Cup Case will be announced with the top scoring 12 wines in the Commonwealth and the overall winner of the Governor's Cup, all during the Governor's Cup Gala.

The Monticello Wine Trail represents about ten percent of the wineries in Virginia.

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