A Snapshot of Virginia Wines

The 12 winners of the 2015 Governor’s Cup competition show diverse character and some impressive quality
Jan 26, 2016

The wine industry is thriving in Virginia. Although post-Prohibition pioneers who planted vinifera grapes in the 1970s saw mixed results, they set the stage for the boom to come; by 2015, more than 250 wineries—more than double the number a decade earlier—were farming more than 3,500 acres of grapes.

To check on the progress, I recently tasted a dozen wines from the state's Governor's Cup wine competition. Here are some of my non-blind scores and notes.

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