Virginia Wines Shine at International Wine Competition

RICHMOND – Virginia wineries stood out at the San Francisco International Wine Competition which is the largest international wine competition held in America, with more than 4,500 wines from 26 U.S. States and 29 countries competing.

Governor McDonnell congratulated the participants from Virginia saying, “Virginia wines continue to garner acclaim far and wide, which is just one reason why my administration is proud to promote them here in Virginia, across the country, and around the world,”

The Governor also recognized two wineries for their “Best in Show” performance. “In particular, we want to recognize Luca Paschina and Barboursville Vineyards for winning ‘Best of Show’ for their 2007 Malvaxia Passito and Doug Flemer and his team at Ingleside Vineyards for winning ‘Best of Varietal’ for their 2007 Petite Verdot.  Luca and Doug have been outstanding ambassadors for the Virginia wine industry for years, so it is incredibly gratifying to see their efforts so highly recognized by the discerning judges at the San Francisco International Wine Competition.”

Virginia is home to more than 200 wineries statewide and is fifth in the nation for wine grape production. A recent economic impact study shows that Virginia’s burgeoning wine industry contributes almost three-quarters of a billion dollars – or $747 million – annually to Virginia’s economy. Virginia wineries and vineyards support 4,800 jobs that provide $156 million total in wages. 1.6 million visitors include a visit to a Virginia winery on a trip. Wine travel in Virginia has gained many recent accolades. Virginia was recently named one of the ten best wine travel destinations in the world for 2012 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Virginia Wineries that placed in the competition included:

Barboursville Vineyards – Best of Show Dessert Wine
·         Best of Show Dessert Wine, Double Gold Medal Barboursville Vineyards 2007 Passito, Malvaxia, Virginia $30.
·         Silver Medal Barboursville Vineyards 2009 Petit Verdot, Reserve, Virginia $25.
·         Bronze Medal Barboursville Vineyards 2009 Nebbiolo, Reserve, Virginia $22.
·         Bronze Medal Barboursville Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Franc, Reserve, Virginia $23.

Ingleside Vineyards – Best Petit Verdot
·         Best Petit Verdot, Double Gold Medal Ingleside Vineyards 2007 Petit Verdot, Virginia $20.
·         Gold Medal Ingleside Vineyards 2007 Petit Verdot, Reserve, Virginia $27.
·         Silver Medal Ingleside Vineyards 2007 Red Blend, Virginia Gold, Virginia $35.

Gray Ghost Vineyards
·         Gold Medal Gray Ghost Vineyards 2011 Late Harvest Vidal, Adieu, Virginia $24.
·         Silver Medal Gray Ghost Vineyards 2011 Vidal Blanc, Virginia $13.
·         Bronze Medal Gray Ghost Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, Reserve, Virginia $25.

Keswick Vineyards
·         Double Gold Medal Keswick Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Monticello $40.
·         Silver Medal Keswick Vineyards 2011 Verdelho, Monticello $18.
·         Bronze Medal Keswick Vineyards 2010 Viognier, Reserve, Monticello.
·         Bronze Medal Keswick Vineyards 2010 Merlot, Monticello.

Michael Shaps
·         Bronze Medal Michael Shaps 2009 Viognier, Virginia $24.

Narmada Winery
·         Silver Medal Narmada Winery 2010 Chambourcin, Namada Vineyard, Virginia $25. [12%]
·         Silver Medal Narmada Winery 2011 Viognier, Virginia $23.
·         Bronze Medal Narmada Winery 2010 Red Bordeaux Blend, Yash-Vir, Virginia $23.
·         Bronze Medal Narmada Winery 2010 Tannat, Virginia $38.

Paradise Springs of Clifton
·         Silver Medal Paradise Springs of Clifton 2011 Petit Manseng, Virginia $25.

Pollak Vineyards
·         Gold Medal Pollak Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Reserve , Smuggler Vineyard, Monticello $35.
·         Bronze Medal Pollak Vineyards 2009 Premium Bordeaux Blend, Estate, Monticello $25.

Philip Carter Winery
·         Bronze Medal Philip Carter Winery 2010 Meritage, Virginia $29.

Veramar Vineyard
·         Bronze Medal Veramar Vineyard 2011 Seyval Blanc, Virginia $19.


  1. Sam Card says:

    Congratulations to the Bogarty family for their wine business in Clarke County. On saturday evening of August 11th, come see a movie at sunset time about the Camino de Santiago in Spain at Veramar Vineyards in Clarke County. The movie is being shown by Magic Lantern Theatre.