Announcing the 2017 Governor’s Cup Winners: Virginia’s Best Wines

barns at hamilton station vineyard and winery

During the 2017 Virginia Governor’s Cup, Governor McAuliffe recognized some of the best wines in Virginia. While it is perfectly fine to look for these winning wines at your local grocery store, the fact is that many Virginia wines are only available at the wineries and a few select shops. Get the full experience when you visit these gorgeous wineries and taste their award-winning vintages.


In its 35th year, the Governor’s Cup has become one of the most rigorous and well respected wine competitions in the country. The highest rated wine out of over 490 entries is chosen after three days of tasting and deliberation as the Governor’s Cup Winner.

The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards—Hamilton

Governor’s Cup Winner: 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Governor’s Case Winner: 2014 Meritage

Judges rated the Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon as the overall winner for the 2017 Governor’s Cup. Visit this Northern Virginia winery to sample the wine, located in a 100 year old stone and wood dairy barn has been transformed into a rustically beautiful tasting room. On sunny days sit out on the back deck, patio, or the grounds overlooking the pond while you savor your glass of world-class wine.

When tasting the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, consider Winemaker Michael Shaps’ words:

“Our team is especially proud of this wine. It is a classic Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon. Perfectly balanced, and has mature tannins that are ripe but not overly extracted; and it has nice acidity.”


A panel of 40 wine experts from around the world judged 102 Virginia wines in this year’s Governor’s Cup Case, choosing the 12 best red and white wines as Governor’s Case winners.

Barboursville Vineyards—Barboursville

Governor’s Case Winner: 2013 Paxxito

The 18th century estate at Barboursville Vineyards is surrounded by rolling hills blanketed in vines. Sit on the stone wall outside the tasting room on a nice day or take a seat at the patio area off the parking lot. During the week, taste the wines available at Library 1821, or on weekends, the larger Tuscan Tasting Room provides distinct tasting stations where you can try all of the 20+ wines available. In addition to the tasting rooms, Barboursville Vineyards also has a restaurant and inn on-site. And don’t miss the Barboursville Ruins just across the street from the winery, one of Jefferson’s impressive architectural endeavors.

Breaux Vineyards—Purcellville

Governor’s Case Winner: 2012 Meritage

Breaux Vineyards

Over 100 acres of vines surround the 404-acre estate of Breaux Vineyards, just an hour drive from DC and 20 minutes from Leesburg. The Mediterranean-style tasting room has a stone fireplace to keep you warm during the winter months, but if the weather is nice, head outside to enjoy the wines with panoramic views of the Short Hill and Blue Ridge Mountains.

King Family Vineyards—Crozet

Governor’s Case Winners: 2014 Loreley & 2014 Petit Verdot

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