Loudoun Strikes Gold at 2018 Virginia Governor’s Cup

Brian Tinsman
Digital Properties Manager


Narrowed down from a field of 440 entrants, 48 Virginia wineries took home gold medal honors from the 2018 Virginia Governor’s Cup competition. Of the winners, nearly one-quarter (11) were from Loudoun County.

Congratulations to the Loudoun winners, listed below in alphabetical order:

  • 868 Estate Vineyards (two winners)
  • Bozzo Family Vineyards LLC
  • Breaux Vineyards (two winners)
  • Casanel Vineyards and Winery
  • Doukenie Winery (three winners)
  • Lost Creek Winery
  • North Gate Vineyard
  • Tarara Winery
  • Two Twisted Posts Winery LLC
  • The Barns at Hamilton Station (two winners)
  • Willowcroft Farm Vineyards

Wines for this competition are judged based on appearance, aroma, flavor, overall quality and commercial suitability. Gold medal winners have an average score between 90 and 100, as scored by 40 trained judges.

Virginia’s annual competition has a reputation for being one of the toughest in the U.S., further underscoring the quality of Loudoun’s vibrant wine industry.

The highest ranking 12 red and white wines will be announced as the Governor’s Case, highlighted with the other gold medal wines at the Governor’s Cup Gala later this month.

In the 2017 competition, The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards’ 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon was named the best wine in Virginia, a first for a Loudoun winery.

Loudoun County leads Virginia in wineries (47) and grape vines, and helped the county generate nearly $1.7 billion in domestic tourism last year.

If you are interested in joining Loudoun’s award-winning craft beverage industry, please contact Kellie Hinkle, or give us a call at 1-(800)-LOUDOUN.


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