The Governor’s Cup has been awarded to King Family Vineyards of Crozet VA for its 2014 Meritage. The 2018 Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) Governor’s Cup competition was held on February 27 in Richmond, Virginia. King Family Vineyards’ 2014 Meritage is 100 percent Monticello AVA fruit and 91 percent estate fruit. The wine was aged 18 months in French oak and went through malolactic fermentation.
“I am pleased to present this award to winemaker Matthieu Finot and to David and Ellen King of King Family Vineyards as well as their entire team, who have proven again that they are leaders in producing outstanding Virginia wines” said Governor Northam. “I also want to congratulate all of the wineries included in the 2018 Governor’s Cup Case. Virginia’s wine industry has grown exponentially in recent years, with an enormous impact on economic development and tourism in the Commonwealth, thanks to the hard work of people in wineries across the state.”
The Governor’s Cup award winner was selected from the 2018 Governor’s Cup Case, a selection of the top 12 scoring red and white wines chosen from more than 440 entries from 100 wineries. The esteemed panel of judges, including Jay Youmans – one of only 45 Masters of Wine (MW) in the U.S. – had the difficult task of ranking each wine based on a unified scoring system.
In addition to King Family Vineyards’ 2014 Meritage, the other 11 wines included in the 2018 Governor’s Cup Case are:
Barboursville Vineyards 2014 Paxxito
CrossKeys Vineyards 2015 Ali d’Oro
Early Mountain Vineyards 2015 Eluvium
Jefferson Vineyards 2016 Viognier
Jefferson Vineyards 2015 Viognier
Keswick Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve
North Gate Vineyard 2015 Petit Verdot
Potomac Point Winery 2016 Cabernet Franc
Veritas Vineyards & Winery 2015 Petit Verdot
Virginia Cellars 2015 The Barns at Hamilton Station Petit Verdot
Virginia Cellars 2015 The Barns at Hamilton Station Meritage
This year’s results offer wide geographic diversity; and patterns are beginning to emerge. The results highlight several regions that are growing grapes with distinction. Six wines are from the Monticello AVA, four wines are from the Northern Virginia area and one is from the Shenandoah Valley.
Now in its 36th year, both the Governor’s Cup Competition and the resulting Governor’s Cup Case boost the visibility of the state’s highest-scoring wines through various programs and exposure to top industry critics and tastemakers.
Virginia is home to more than 280 wineries. According to a 2017 economic impact study, the Virginia wine industry employs more than 8,200 people and contributes almost $1.37 billion to the Virginia economy on an annual basis. Virginia remains 5th in the nation Nationwide for number of wineries and wine grape production.