The 6th Annual Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival presented by Mercedes-Benz of Charlottesville, concluded this past weekend.
After the blustery winds that swept through the pavilion during the previous year’s festival, winemakers and festival goers alike welcomed the beautiful sunny skies at this year’s event.
The Sprint Pavilion on the Downtown Mall hosted thousands of ticket holders on Saturday, April 15, for the grand tasting event. The tasting event celebrated more than 25 regional wineries and vineyards.
Events leading up to the finale festival included the prestigious Monticello Cup competition at the Jefferson Theater on Thursday, April 13. Twenty-three wineries from the Monticello Wine Trail entered the contest, which highlights the best wines of the Monticello American Viticultural Area (AVA). There were 14 Gold, 30 silver, and 15 bronze medals awarded this year.
Cardinal Point Vineyard took home the cup for their 2014 Union. Of the gold medal winners, the top 3 red and top 3 white wines also received special recognition. The top 3 Reds – Michael Shaps Wineworks’ 2014 Meritage and Pollak Vineyards’ 2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve. The top 3 Whites – First Colony Winery’s 2015 Viognier, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards’ 2015 Chardonnay Reserve and Stinson Vineyards’ 2014 Petit Manseng.
The results from the 2017 Monticello Cup wine competition:
Cardinal Point Vineyard: 2014 Union
First Colony Winery: 2015 Viognier
Jefferson Vineyards: 2015 Estate Reserve, 2014 Meritage
Keswick Vineyards: 2014 Petit Verdot
Michael Shaps Wineworks: 2015 Petit Manseng, 2014 Cabernet Franc, 2014 Meritage
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards: 2015 Chardonnay Reserve
Pollak Vineyards: 2014 Petit Verdot, 2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve
Stinson Vineyards: 2014 Petit Manseng
Trump Winery: 2014 New World Reserve
Veritas Vineyard & Winery: 2015 Viognier
Afton Mountain Vineyards: 2016 Albarino, 2013 Petit Verdot
Barboursville Vineyards: 2014 Octagon, 2014 Cab Franc Reserve, 2014 Petit Verdot Reserve
Cardinal Point Vineyard: 2015 A6
Chestnut Oak Vineyard: 2014 Petit Manseng, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
DelFosse Vineyards: 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
First Colony Winery: 2015 Chardonnay Estate Reserve, 2016 Rose
Flying Fox Vineyard: 2014 Merlot, 2014 Petit Verdot, 2014 Trio
Grace Estate Winery: 2013 ODO
Keswick Vineyards: 2015 Viognier, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
King Family Vineyards: 2015 Viognier, 2012 Meritage, 2014 Petit Verdot
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards: 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 Petit Verdot
Pollak Vineyards: 2014 Meritage
Reynard Florence Vineyard: 2015 Chardonnay
Stinson Vineyards: 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Tannat
Trump Winery: 2010 Blanc de Blanc, 2009 Reserve
Veritas Vineyard & Winery: 2014 VR Vintner’s Reserve, 2014 Petit Verdot (Paul Shaffer)
Afton Mountain Vineyards: 2014 Festa di Bacco
Cardinal Point Vineyard: 2015 Cab Franc + Vio
DelFosse Vineyards: 2015 Viognier
Glass House Winery: 2015 Viognier, 2014 Barbera, 2014 Barbera Audace
Grace Estate Winery: 2015 Le Gras Cuve
Jefferson Vineyards: 2012 Estate Reserve
Kilaurwen Winery: 2014 Cabernet Franc
Reynard Florence Vineyard: 2015 Merlot, 2014 Petit Verdot
Stone Mountain Vineyards: 2015 Chardonnay Reserve, NV Twelve Barrels Meritage
White Hall Vineyards: 2015 Chardonnay
Wisdom Oak Winery: 2014 Rose Reserve “Rosewood”
Friday, April 14, local wineries, and vineyards highlighted the emerging food and wine scene present within the Monticello AVA. Veritas Vineyard Winery’s event: The Pop, Fizz, Clink: A Sparkling Wine Brunch featured Winemakers from participating wineries (Afton Mountain Vineyards, Horton Vineyards, King Family Vineyards, Trump Winery and Veritas Vineyard and Winery). Guest indulged in a farm to table inspired brunch menu as they engaged with winemakers pouring sparking wines.
Other Friday events included:
#yeswayrose: A Rose Lunch at Early Mountain Vineyards
The Rise of Virginia Wine: A Tour of Where it Started at Barboursville Vineyards
From Grapes to Glass: A Look at Modern Winemaking in the Monticello AVA at King Family Vineyards
Behind the Bubbles: How a sparkling wine is made at Trump Winery
Fulfilling the Dream: A walk through Gabriele Rausse’s winery
Those that we spoke with are confident that with the area producing some of the best wines in Virginia the 3 day long celebration will continue to grow and be successful. Organizers look forward to expanding the festival portion of the event into 2 days in the future and adding more featured events.
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