We are thrilled to announce that eleven of our world-class wines have been recognized by the 2019 Virginia Governor’s Cup! Each year, the Virginia Wineries Association partners with the Virginia Wine Board & Virginia Vineyards Association to host one of the most competitive and well-respected wine competitions in the nation. We are honored to receive three gold medals, seven silver medals and one bronze medal from the 37th annual Virginia Governor’s Cup.

The competition is led by the Judging Director Jay Youmans who is one of only fifty-one Masters of Wine in the United States and has now overseen the competition for eight years. With 510 entries from 102 different Virginia wineries, the Virginia Governor’s Cup received 15% more entries this year. Out of 50 Petit Verdot entries, Pippin Hill’s 2014 and 2015 Petit Verdot blends both received a silver medal.

The esteemed judging panel rates each wine on a unified scoring system – based on its appearance, aroma, flavor, overall quality, and commercial suitability. Each wine’s average score determines if it qualifies for a metal. Wines awarded a gold medal scored a 90 or higher on a 100-point score range. We are proud to say that three of our wines landed among the top scorers, indicating “A Classic Wine, Among The Best Wines In The World.”

In the Pippin Hill Tasting Room each wine is thoughtfully paired with seasonal dishes directly sourced from the on-site gardens and orchards cultivated by Certified Horticulturalist, Diane Burns, and prepared to perfection by executive chef Ian Rynecki. Read more about our award-winning wines below and visit us in the tasting room to try them for yourself!

Our Gold Medal Winners: 

Chardonnay Reserve 2017
On the Nose: Oak, coconut, vanilla, orange blossom
On the Palate: Honeydew, apricot, banana, oak, caramelized sugar, macadamia nut
On the Finish: Medium oak, medium acidity, clean lingering finish that will pair well with food

Cabernet Franc 2017 
On the Nose: Milk chocolate, rainier cherries, lavender, pomegranate
On the Palate: Prune, sultana raisins, raspberry jam, blood orange
On the Finish: Medium acid and tannin, black peppercorn

Cannon Red 2017 
On the Nose: Blackberries, smoke, blueberries
On the Palate: Dried leaves, blackberries, clove, leather
On the Finish: Medium body, tannin, and acidity

Our Silver Medal Winners: 

Blanc de Blanc 2017
On the Nose: Vanilla, toast, pear, straw
On the Palate: Chinese pear, apricot, Meyer lemon
On the Finish: Medium/light acid, tartness, light dryness

Chardonnay 2017 
On the Nose: Melon, vanilla bean, juniper berry
On the Palate: Golden apple, Asian pear, caramel
On the Finish: Slight oak, medium plus acidity, lean body

Sauvignon Blanc 2017
On the Nose: Meyer lemon, tangerine, straw, ginger, green papaya
On the Palate: White peach, grapefruit, kiwi, tarragon
On the Finish: Medium plus acidity, granite/slate minerality, clean

Viognier 2017
On the Nose: Honey, jasmine, lavender, lemon verbena
On the Palate: Bright, creamy, vanilla, coconut, cantaloupe, lychee
On the Finish: Spicy minerality, hot

Easton Blue 2015 
On the Nose: Oak, chocolate, cherries, sage
On the Palate: Cherry, blackberry, licorice, fennel
On the Finish: Medium oak, medium tannin and acid

Petit Verdot 2014
On the Nose: Blackberry, black cherry, cedar
On the Palate: Plum, black cherry, tobacco
On the Finish: High tannins, dark fruit, blackberry, graphite, raw leather

Petit Verdot 2015
On the Nose: Plum, black licorice, anise, and sage
On the Palate: Prune, black currant, charcoal
On the Finish: Fine tannins and granite

Our Bronze Medal Winners:

Sparkling Rosé 2017
On the Nose: Honeysuckle, strawberry, orchid
On the Palate: Raspberry, orange peel, watermelon
On the Finish: Soft with crisp acidity/tartness

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