Monticello Cup Winners announced at Monday ceremony

newspaperThe Monticello Cup Awards was held on Monday at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville to celebrate the winning wines of the 28th annual Monticello Cup Wine Competition. All wines were produced by members of the Monticello Wine Trail and contained at least 85% fruit from the Monticello American Viticultural Area.

There were 13 gold (including the Top 3 Red, Top 3 White, and the overall Monticello Cup winner), 27 silver and 15 bronze medals awarded. The Monticello Cup was presented to Veritas Vineyard & Winery for their 2015 Petit Verdot “Paul Shaffer’s 7th Edition”.

“I have to say, the competition for this cup means as much to me as any that we compete for. It takes a village to win a cup and Monticello is our village and as I have tried to show through the Research Exchange, the local community is the atmosphere that makes each of the wineries here tonight keep striving to improve the quality of our wines both locally, statewide and internationally,” said Veritas Vineyard & Winery Winemaker Emily Pelton.

Pelton speaking about the winning wine stated, “Our 2015 Petit Verdot captures the essence of Petit Verdot, and is a wine that speaks to all aspects of its origins fully and beautifully. This wine was made in the vineyard, tended with a heartfelt passion by my uncle, protected by my brother-in-law in the cellar, and artfully crafted with my Dad’s guidance and my brother’s support, and of course the vision of my mother, and the moral support on all sides from my sister and sister-in-law and my aunt…. and of course  a little luck with the weather. This wine is a happy reflection of my family’s passion for Petit Verdot.”

The other two reds in the Top 3 Red category were Keswick Vineyards’ 2016 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve and Flying Fox Vineyards’ 2014 Petit Verdot. The Top 3 Whites were Afton Mountain Vineyards’ 2016 Chardonnay Estate Reserve, Michael Shaps Wineworks’ 2017 Rosie Rosé and Trump Winery’s 2012 Blanc de Blanc.

The judging was coordinated by the Virginia Wine and Spirits Academy, and the judges were: Dave Collins (Big Cork Vineyards – Rohrersville, MD), Bill Curtis (Tastings – Charlottesville, VA), Vincent Derquenne (Bizou – Charlottesville, VA), Booth Hardy (Barrel Thief Wine Shop – Richmond, VA), Robert Harllee (Market Street Wineshop – Charlottesville, VA), Jess Helfand (Wine Educator at the Napa Valley Wine Academy – Nashville, TN), Richard Leahy (Author of “Behind Jefferson’s Vines – Charlottesville, VA), Lindsey Parris (Wine Educator – Washington DC), Rob Renteria (La Folie – San Francisco, CA), and Erin Scala (In Vino Veritas – Charlottesville, VA).

“It was an honor for the Virginia Wine and Spirits Academy to host the judging of wines entered into the 2018 Monticello Cup Wine Competition. We were very fortunate to assemble a team of eminently qualified judges from Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee and California. After a busy day of judging I was left with the impression that the consistent high quality wines this year, in all categories, is indicative of the heart and soul of the Monticello AVA and of the exciting developments that lay ahead,” remarked Virginia Wine & Spirits Co-Founder Chris Parker.

The MCA also officially marks the start of the Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival, which celebrates all the Monticello AVA has to offer.  Additional information on the rest of the week’s events is available at www.monticellowinetrailfestival.com.

The MWT, a subsidiary of the Jeffersonian Wine Grape Growers Society (JWGGS), is an association of 33 wineries surrounding Charlottesville, VA in the counties of Albemarle, Greene, Madison, Nelson and Orange. The mission of the JWGGS is to support their members and promote quality grapes and wine produced in the Monticello AVA.

2018 Monticello Cup Wine Competition Results

MedalWinery

Vintage

Wine
GOLDAfton Mountain Vineyards

2016

Chardonnay Estate Reserve
GOLDBarboursville Vineyards

2015

Octagon
GOLDFlying Fox Vineyard

2014

Petit Verdot
GOLDJefferson Vineyards

2014

Estate Reserve (Petit Verdot)
GOLDKeswick Vineyards

2016

Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve
GOLDKing Family Vineyards

2015

Meritage
GOLDMichael Shaps Wineworks

2017

Rosie Rosé
GOLDPippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

2017

Sauvignon Blanc
GOLDPollak Vineyards

2017

Viognier
GOLDPollak Vineyards

2014

Meritage
GOLDTrump Winery

2012

Blanc de Blanc
GOLDTrump Winery

2015

New World Reserve
GOLDVeritas Vineyard & Winery

2015

Petit Verdot “Paul Shaffer’s 7th Edition”
SILVERAfton Mountain Vineyards

2017

Albarino
SILVERAfton Mountain Vineyards

2016

Tradition
SILVERBarboursville Vineyards

2014

Octagon (Limited Edition – 40th Anniversary)
SILVERBarboursville Vineyards

2014

Octagon
SILVERCardinal Point Winery

2017

Quattro
SILVERCardinal Point Winery

2014

Clay Hill Cabernet Franc
SILVERChestnut Oak Vineyard

2016

Petit Manseng Reserve
SILVERDelfosse Vineyard & Winery

2015

Grinning Fox
SILVERDelfosse Vineyard & Winery

2014

Cabernet Sauvignon
SILVERFlying Fox Vineyard

2014

Trio
SILVERFlying Fox Vineyard

2015

Trio
SILVERGlass House Winery

2015

Estratto
SILVERJefferson Vineyards

2015

Estate Reserve
SILVERJefferson Vineyards

2014

Meritage
SILVERKeswick Vineyards

2015

Heritage Estate Reserve
SILVERKeswick Vineyards

2015

Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve
SILVERKing Family Vineyards

2015

Mountain Plains
SILVERMichael Shaps Wineworks

2016

Petit Manseng
SILVERPippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

2014

Pippin Hill Petit Verdot
SILVERPollak Vineyards

2015

Cabernet Franc Reserve
SILVERReynard Florence Vineyards

2016

Reynard Blanc
SILVERStinson Vineyards

2015

Petit Manseng
SILVERStinson Vineyards

2014

Meritage
SILVERTrump Winery

2017

Sauvignon Blanc
SILVERVeritas Vineyard & Winery

2016

Viognier
SILVERVeritas Vineyard & Winery

2015

Vintner’s Reserve
SILVERWhite Hall Vineyards

2014

Petit Verdot
BRONZECardinal Point Winery

2017

Green
BRONZEDelfosse Vineyard & Winery

2016

Hippie Chick
BRONZEFirst Colony Winery

2016

Viognier
BRONZEFirst Colony Winery

2017

Viognier
BRONZEGlass House Winery

2017

Brosé
BRONZEGrace Estate Winery

2015

Petit Manseng
BRONZEGrace Estate Winery

2014

ODO
BRONZEGrace Estate Winery

2014

Petit Verdot
BRONZEKing Family Vineyards

2016

Chardonnay
BRONZEMichael Shaps Wineworks

2015

Tannat
BRONZEPippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

2017

Viognier
BRONZEReynard Florence Vineyards

2017

Ti Rey Rosé
BRONZEStinson Vineyards

2015

Chardonnay
BRONZEWhite Hall Vineyards

2017

Chardonnay
BRONZEWhite Hall Vineyards

2017

Viognier

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