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Governor McDonnell Announces Revamped and Enhanced Governor's Cup Virginia Wine Competition

Office of the Governor - Dec 11, 2011

Governor Bob McDonnell announced today major changes to the Virginia Governor's Cup competition that, once implemented, will make it one of the most stringent and thorough wine competitions in the United States.

Governor and First Lady McDonnell Promote Virginia Wine in India

Jeff Caldwell - Office of the Governor Nov 17, 2011

Virginia Wine Impresses One of India’s Top Wine Importers, Retailers and Connoisseurs Sanjay Menon

Two Virginia Wineries Recognized as Green Travel Leaders

Mary Catherine Searson - Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Nov 03, 2011

During the 2011 VA-1 Virginia Tourism Summit, which took place October 17-19 in Richmond, two Virginia wineries were recognized by Virginia Green as Green Travel Leaders. Both Cooper Vineyards and DuCard Vineyards made the list of 19 different businesses throughout the Commonwealth that were recognized for their efforts of green businesses in their industry.

New Kent Winery Reserve Chardonnay Awarded 2011 Virginia Governor’s Cup White

Karen Batalo - Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Oct 04, 2011

New Kent Winery's 2009 Reserve Chardonnay has been awarded the 2011 Virginia Governor's Cup for White Wines.

Governor McDonnell Announces Virginia Wine Month

Jeff Caldwell - Office of the Governor Sep 29, 2011

Governor Bob McDonnell has proclaimed October as Virginia Wine Month for 2011. October Virginia Wine Month is in its 23rd year as a major state initiative to highlight Virginia’s beautiful vineyards, world class wines and festivals during the height of fall foliage season.

Jancis Robinson Features and Reviews Virginia Wines

Annette Boyd - Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Sep 22, 2011

This week, Robinson has featured Virginia wines on her award winning website,, in the form of two videos, two articles, and tasting notes of the Virginia wines she sampled while visiting the Commonwealth. In her tasting notes, she reviewed 53 Virginia wines from 21 different wineries.

Virginia Wine Marketing Board Announces 2011 Virginia Governor’s Cup White Wine Competition Results

Karen Batalo - Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Sep 20, 2011

Of the 162 wines entered from 52 wineries, there were seven Gold medalists, 42 Silver medalists and 54 Bronze medalists.

Virginia Sesquicentennial Winery Passport

Karen Batalo - Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Aug 18, 2011

The Virginia Wine Board unveiled the Virginia Sesquicentennial Winery Passport, a guide to 23 Virginia Wineries with special labels commemorating the150th anniversary of the Civil War, and the 42 battlefields located near them (

Virginia Wines Shine at Competitions In 2011

Mary Catherine Searson - Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Aug 03, 2011

Virginia wines were recently well represented at two prominent wine competitions. Among the 51 Virginia wineries that participated in the International Eastern Wine Competition and Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition, Virginia took away 226 medals including 11 Best in Class, 1 Double Gold and 18 Gold medals.

First Ever Virginia Viognier Virtual Tasting to be Held July 14, 2011

Mary Catherine Searson - Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Jul 10, 2011

On Thursday, July 14th at 7:00 pm ET, wine bloggers, winemakers, and general wine enthusiasts alike will sign onto Twitter and Facebook to “virtually” taste six of Virginia’s outstanding Viognier wines.

Gray Ghost Captures Gold, Sweeps 3 California Competitions!

Amy Payette - Gray Ghost Winery Mar 31, 2011

Gray Ghost’s 2010 Adieu captured Gold at the 2011 Monterey Wine Competition held in King City, California! As a result of this award, the Adieu will be featured at the 18th Annual Monterey Wine Competition Grand Tasting held in May.

Payette Client Captures Top Honors

Amy Kellert - Mar 10, 2011

Under the tutelage of Tom Payette, international winemaking consultant and second generation Emile Peynaud student, Fox Meadow’s 2008 Le Renard Rouge captured top honors at the 2011 Virginia Governor’s Cup wine competition.

Three Winemakers, Three Vineyards, Three Varietals, One Wine

Matthieu Finot - Feb 27, 2011

“Three winemakers, three vineyards, three varietals, one wine” is the unique tagline for a unique Virginia wine named “3”. A triumvirate effort from winemakers Emily Pelton, Jake Busching and Matthieu Finot was born over a friendly beer and a what-if statement.

VA Agribusiness Council Awards Rausse Distinguished Service

Katie K. Frazier - Feb 27, 2011

Richmond, Virginia – Gabriele Rausse, of Charlottesville, has been awarded the Virginia Agribusiness Council’s 2011 Distinguished Service Award during the Virginia Wine Expo on February 25, 2011 in Richmond. Rausse, a winery owner, consultant, and educator, was recognized by Virginia Agribusiness Council President Donna Pugh Johnson for his meritorious service to the State’s agribusiness industry.

Fabbioli Cellars Embarks On Educational Mission

Doug Fabbioli - Feb 20, 2011

2011 Virginia Grower of the Year Award

Annette Boyd - Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Feb 20, 2011

The Virginia Vineyards Association Grape Grower of the Year award was presented to John H. “Rock” Stephens of The Vineyard at Point Breeze, located on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Jefferson Vineyards and Barboursville Vineyards Receive High Honors at Winemaker Challenge

Mary Catherine Searson - Feb 15, 2011

Two Virginia wineries walked away with prestigious medals at the second annual Winemaker Challenge in San Diego, CA last month. Both Jefferson Vineyards, located in Charlottesville, VA and Barboursville Vineyards, located in Barboursville, VA each received a silver and gold medals for their wines.

First Lady Maureen McDonnell to present VVA Grower of the Year Award

Bill Tonkins - Feb 13, 2011

Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell will present the Grower of the Year Award at the annual Winter Technical Meeting of the Virginia Vineyards Association, February 18th, in Charlottesville.

Virginia Wine Gazette

Mary Ann Dancisin - Jan 13, 2011

Editor Laura A. Rydin of Virginia Wine Gazette is pleased to announce several exciting changes to the Commonwealth’s long-established quarterly publication devoted to the wines of Virginia.

Cooper Vineyards Anticipates LEED Platinum Certification

Mary Catherine Searson - Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Jan 03, 2011

Cooper Vineyards, located in Louisa, VA is in the process of becoming LEED Platinum certified, making them the first winery in that category on the East Coast and the second in the country.