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Celebrating the 2024 Virginia Governor's Cup Winners

Virginia Winery Distribution Company

The 2024 Virginia Governor's Cup has once again brought the spotlight to the state's burgeoning wine industry, showcasing the diversity and quality of wines being produced across the Commonwealth. A staggering selection of over 750 of the finest Virginia wines were meticulously sampled by world-class judges, culminating in the awarding of 138 Gold Medals to 79 deserving wineries. 


Diversity is the hallmark of this year's gold medalists, with awards spanning seven regions, seven vintages, and an impressive twenty-six grape varieties—all proudly grown in Virginia's fertile soils.


Here are the highlights:


  • Central Virginia emerges as a standout region, clinching an impressive 48% of the gold medals. 

  • Virginia red wines steal the show, commanding over 55% of the total gold medals. 

  • White wines make a significant impact, comprising a little over 31% of the gold medals. Virginia Chardonnay stands tall, earning 14 gold medals.


Congratulations to the 2024 Virginia Governor's Cup winners. Let's toast to our fellow VDWC winery members who have been honored with Gold Medals.


  • 8 Chains North Winery

  • Afton Mountain Vineyards

  • Albemarle Ciderworks

  • Ankida Ridge Vineyards

  • Barren Ridge Vineyards

  • Big Fish Cider Co.

  • Black Heath Meadery

  • Blue Quartz Winery

  • Bluestone Vineyard

  • Brix & Columns Vineyards

  • Buskey Cider

  • Cana Vineyards and Winery of Middleburg

  • Capstone Vineyards

  • Carriage House Wineworks

  • Cave Ridge Vineyard

  • Chestnut Oak Vineyard

  • Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm

  • Chrysalis Vineyards at The Ag District

  • Ciders from Mars, LLC

  • CrossKeys Vineyards

  • Cunningham Creek Winery

  • Delaplane Cellars

  • Doukénie Winery

  • DuCard Vineyards

  • Early Mountain Vineyards

  • Eastwood Farm and Winery

  • Endhardt Vineyards

  • Fifty-Third Winery and Vineyard

  • Flying Fox Vineyard

  • Grace Estate Winery

  • Granite Heights Winery

  • Greenhill Vineyards

  • Hamlet Vineyards

  • Hark Vineyards

  • Hillsborough Winery, Brewery & Vineyard

  • Honah Lee Vineyard

  • James River Cellars

  • Jefferson Vineyards

  • Keswick Vineyards

  • Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard

  • Molon Lave Vineyards

  • Mountain Run Winery

  • Muse Vineyards

  • New Kent Winery

  • October One Vineyard

  • Paradise Springs Winery

  • Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

  • Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

  • Reynard Florence Vineyard

  • Rosemont Vineyards

  • Silver Hand Meadery

  • Sunset Hills Vineyard

  • Three Creeks Winery

  • Upper Shirley Vineyards

  • Veritas Vineyard

  • Wind Vineyards at Laurel Grove

  • Woodbrook Farm Vineyard

  • Zephaniah Farm Vineyard



What is The Virginia Governor’s Cup? The Virginia Governor's Cup® stands as one of the nation's most rigorous wine competitions. Annually, distinguished judges evaluate the finest selections from Virginia's vineyards to confer medals and choose the Governor's Cup® Case, Best in Show Cider, and Governor's Cup® winner.



About the VWDC

Established by the Virginia General Assembly in 2007, the Virginia Winery Distribution Company (VWDC) is a non-profit, non-stock corporation housed within the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to provide wholesale wine distribution services for licensed Virginia wineries and farm wineries.

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