Rappahannock Cellars’ 2010 Meritage was among the 12 gold medalists chosen from more than 400 entries in last week’s Governor’s Cup competition sponsored by the Virginia Wineries Association.
The Huntly winery was among five Rappahannock County winemakers who came away from the prestigious annual competition with gold, silver or bronze medals. Rappahannock Cellars is also the only winery in the county that has won the top prize, the Governor’s Cup itself, in 2005. This year’s Governor’s Cup went to Barboursville Vineyards for its 2009 Octagon Meritage.
Silver Governor’s Cup medals went to Rappahannock’s Gadino Cellars (for its 2010 Petit Verdot and 2010 Nebbiolo); to Huntly Vineyards (for its 2008, 2009 and 2010 Meritage); to Amissville’s Narmada Winery (for its 2009 Tannat and 2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc) and to Rappahannock Cellars (for its 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc). Amissville’s Gray Ghost Vineyards took home three bronze medals; Narmada won two bronze medals.
The 2013 Virginia Governor’s Cup comprised more than two weeks of blind tastings by independent judges of the 400-plus wines entered by winemakers throughout Virginia (and made with 100-percent Virginia-grown fruit) in what many acknowledge as one of the country’s most stringent wine competitions.