2021 Virginia Governor's Cup Gold Medal Trail

Taste the Best of Virginia

With the pop of a cork, your local wine adventure begins. Start exploring Virginia’s Wine Country today with the Virginia Governor’s Cup Gold Medal Wine Trail, a mobile passport that brings gold-medal-winning wineries from the 2021 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition right to your fingertips.

The Virginia Governor’s Cup is the state’s most stringent wine competition. After sampling 544 entries, world-class judges awarded 47 wineries, cideries and meaderies with a gold medal.

Follow the trail to taste the award-winning portfolios and discover the wines that embody the grace, grit and experimental spirit of Virginia. To sweeten the deal, we are offering a free Virginia Wine wine tumbler for checking in at 12 of our participating locations, while supplies last.

Check out the gold medal winners—and embark on your next Virginia Wine adventure—here.

2021 Virginia Governor's Cup Gold Medal Trail

  • Mobile exclusive
  • Instantly delivered via text and email
  • No apps to download
  • Enjoy the best of Virginia Wine

How this Pass Works

Step 1 - Get Your Pass

This mobile exclusive passport is a collection of all the gold medal winners from the 2021 Virginia Governor's Cup.

Step 2 - Receive Text

Your passport will be instantly delivered to your phone via text and email and is ready to use immediately! There is no app to download. Your pass can be saved to your phone’s home screen for easy one-tap access.

Step 3 - Redeem

When visiting a participating winery, simply open up the pass, locate its listing and check in via your smartphone's GPS. Once you check into 12 wineries you will receive a free Virginia Wine wine tumbler.

Included Venues

See locations on an interactive map.

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Afton Mountain Vineyards
Afton Mountain Vineyards is located in Afton and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received a gold medal for the 2017 Cabernet Franc.
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Albemarle CiderWorks
Albemarle CiderWorks is located in North Garden and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received two gold medals for the 2018 Harrison & 2019 Pomme Mary.

What's Included

  • $1 Off Glasses Of Our Gold Medal Winning Ciders
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Barboursville Vineyards
The 2015 Paxxito, 2016 Octagon and 2019 Vermentino Reserve made it into the Governor's Cup Case, with the 2015 Paxxtio winning the Cup.
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Barren Ridge Vineyards
Barren Ridge Vineyards is located in Fishersville and is a part of the Shenandoah Valley AVA. It received a gold medal for the 2015 Meritage.

What's Included

  • 2 Pack Of 2015 Meritage For $75 ($84 Value)
  • 3 Pack Of 2015 Meritage For $110 ($126 Value)
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Blue Bee Cider
Situated in central VA, Blue Bee Cider is an urban cidery in Richmond. It received a gold medal for the 2019 Firecracker.

What's Included

  • Purchase A Case Of Cider And Receive A 10% Discount, Two Complimentary Tableside Tastings, AND A 13th Bottle To Make It A Cidermaker’s Dozen.
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Bluestone Vineyard
Bluestone Vineyard is located in Bridgewater and is a part of the Shenandoah Valley AVA. It received three gold medals for the 2014 Merlot, 2017 Chardonnay and 2019 Petit Manseng—which was selected as part of the Governor's Cup Case.

What's Included

  • Taste Our 3 Gold Medal Wines And A Silver Award-winning Wine For $15
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Breaux Vineyards
Breaux Vineyards is located in Purcellville and is a part of the Middleburg AVA in the northern VA region. It received three gold medals for the 2016 Meritage, 2016 Nebbiolo, 2019 Sauvignon Blanc. The 2016 Meritage and 2016 Nebbiolo both earned spots in the Governor's Cup Case.

What's Included

  • BOGO Gold Medal Wine Tasting
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Carriage House Wineworks
Carriage House Wineworks is located in Waterford and is a part of the Middleburg AVA in the northern VA region. The 2019 Petit Verdot earned a gold medal and placed in the Governor's Cup Case.

What's Included

  • Free Tasting
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Cave Ridge Vineyard
Cave Ridge Vineyard is located in Mt. Jackson and is a part of the Shenandoah Valley AVA. It received a gold medal for the 2017 Red Silk Barrel Select Cabernet Franc.
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Chestnut Oak Vineyard
Chestnut Oak Vineyard is located in Barboursville and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received a gold medal for the 2017 Petit Manseng.
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Chisholm Vineyards
Chisholm Vineyards is located in Earlysville and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received a gold medal for the 2019 Chambourcin.

What's Included

  • 1 Free Tasting (per Person) Of The Gold Medal Wine
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CrossKeys Vineyards
CrossKeys Vineyards is located in Mt. Crawford and is a part of the Shenandoah Valley AVA. It received a gold medal for the 2017 Petit Verdot.

What's Included

  • BOGO Tasting
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Cunningham Creek Winery
Cunningham Creek Winery is located in Palmyra and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received two gold medals for the 2017 Meritage, 2017 Estate Petit Verdot.

What's Included

  • 20% Discount On A 3-pack Of Wine
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Delaplane Cellars
Delaplane Cellars is located in Delaplane and is a part of the Middleburg AVA in the northern VA region. It received a gold medal for the 2017 Tannat.
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Delfosse Vineyards & Winery
Delfosse Vineyards & Winery is located in Faber and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received two gold medals for the 2017 Petit Verdot Reserve, 2017 Screaming Hawk Meritage.
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DuCard Vineyards
Situated in central VA, DuCard Vineyards is located in Etland. It received a gold medal for the 2017 Triskele.

What's Included

  • 10% Off 3 Bottles Or More, Any Current Releases
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Early Mountain Vineyards
Situated in central VA, Early Mountain Vineyards is located in Madison. It received four gold medals for the 2017 Eluvium, 2019 Capstone Vineyard Cabernet Franc, 2019 Five Forks, 2019 Cabernet Franc. R.A.H. Wine Co. produced in Early Mountain Vineyard's facilities also won a gold medal and placed...
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What's Included

  • 20% Off Any 3 Bottle Retail Purchase In The Tasting Room
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Fifty-Third Winery & Vineyard
Situated in central VA, Fifty-Third Winery & Vineyard is located in Louisa. It received a gold medal for the 2019 Vidal Blanc.
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Gadino Cellars
Situated in northern VA, Gadino Cellars is located in Washington. It received a gold medal for the 2017 Petit Verdot.

What's Included

  • Free Tasting Of The Winning 2017 Petit Verdot 15% Discount On A Three Pack Of Wine
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Greenhill Vineyards
Greenhill Vineyards is located in Middleburg and is a part of the Middleburg AVA in the northern VA region. It received a gold medal for the 2019 Chardonnay Reserve.
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Honah Lee Vineyard
Honah Lee Vineyard is located in Gordonsville and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received a gold medal for the 2017 Petit Verdot.

What's Included

  • BOGO Tasting
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Horton Vineyards
Horton Vineyards is located in Gordonsville and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received two gold medals for the 2015 Tannat, 2016 Petit Verdot Private Reserve.

What's Included

  • Purchase 6 Bottles Of Governor's Cup Winners (Gold Or Silver Winners) And Receive 10% Discount.
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Ingleside Vineyards
Ingleside Vineyards is located in Oak Grove and is a part of the George Washington Birthplace AVA in the Chesapeake Bay region. It received two gold medals for the 2018 Chardonnay Reserve, 2019 Albarino.

What's Included

  • 5% Off Purchases Of 6+ Bottles 15% Off Case Purchases (12+ Bottles - Mix Or Match; Normally 10%)
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Jefferson Vineyards
Jefferson Vineyards is located in Charlottesville and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received three gold medals for the 2016 Jefferson's Own Estate Reserve, 2019 Viognier, 2019 Cabernet Franc.
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Keswick Vineyards
Keswick Vineyards is located in Keswick and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received two gold medals for the 2017 Heritage Estate Reserve, 2019 Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc.
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King Family Vineyards
King Family Vineyards is located in Crozet and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received two gold medals for the 2017 Mountain Plains, 2017 Loreley. The 2017 Mountain Plains earned a spot in the Governor's Cup Case.
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Lake Anna Winery
Situated in northern VA, Lake Anna Winery is located in Spotsylvania. It received a gold medal for the 2017 Petit Verdot.

What's Included

  • Free Tasting Of The Gold Medal Wine & 20% Off Three Pack
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Lost Boy Cider
Situated in northern VA, Lost Boy Cider is located in Alexandria. It received a gold medal and won the inaugural Best in Show Cider award for the 2020 Comeback Kid.
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Michael Shaps Wineworks
Michael Shaps Wineworks is located in Charlottesville and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received ten gold medals for the 2015 Raisin d'Etre White, 2015 Meritage, 2016 Tannat, 2016 Chardonnay, 2017 Cabernet Franc, 2017 Chardonnay, 2017 Meritage, 2018 Chardonnay, 2019...
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Muse Vineyards
Muse Vineyards is located in Woodstock and is a part of the Shenandoah Valley AVA. It received a gold medal for the 2017 Clio.
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Narmada Winery
Situated in northern VA, Narmada Winery is located in Amissville. It received two gold medals for the 2016 Yash-Vir, 2017 Melange.

What's Included

  • 10% Off Two Pack Of Gold Medal Wines
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October One Vineyard
October One Vineyard is located in Bluemont in the northern VA region and works collaboratively with Walsh Family Wine to produce wines. It received a gold medal for the 2019 Cabernet Franc. Visit the website to order, location not eligible for trail check-in.

What's Included

  • Half Off Shipping On Any Four Bottles Or More
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Paradise Springs Winery
Paradise Springs Winery is located in Clifton in the northern VA region. It received a gold medal for the 2018 Après Rose.

What's Included

  • 10% Off Purchases Of Our Gold Medal Winning Wine
  • 10% Off An Item From Our Food Truck
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Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards is located in North Garden and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received three gold medals for the 2015 Easton Blue, 2017 Easton Blue, 2019 Zero White.
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Pollak Vineyards
Pollak Vineyards is located in Greenwood and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received three gold medals for the 2015 Meritage, 2017 Mille Fleurs, 2017 Meritage.
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Rockbridge Vineyard
Rockbridge Vineyard is located in Raphine and is a part of the Shenandoah Valley AVA. It received a gold medal for the 2018 DeChiel Chardonnay.

What's Included

  • BOGO 50% Wine Or Beer Flight OR Get One Of Our Logo Truetap Waiter Openers.
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Shenandoah Vineyards
Shenandoah Vineyards is located in Edinburg and is a part of the Shenandoah Valley AVA. It received a gold medal for the 2017 Reserve Red.
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Silver Hand Meadery
Silver Hand Meadery is located in Williamsburg and is a part of the Virginia Peninsula AVA in the Hampton Roads region. It received six gold medals for the 2020 Dream By The Fire, 2020 Black Velvet, 2020 Raspberry Passion, 2020 Strawberry Swing, 2020 Soak up the Sun, 2020 All Blues.

What's Included

  • Club Pricing: 15% Off, On All Available Gold Medal Meads
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Stinson Vineyards
Stinson Vineyards is located in Crozet and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received a gold medal for the 2017 Tannat.
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Thatch Winery
Thatch Winery is located in Charlottesville and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received two gold medals for the 2017 Block 8 Tannat, 2019 Mount Juliet Farm Vineyard Merlot.
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The Williamsburg Winery
The Williamsburg Winery is located in Williamsburg and is a part of the Virginia Peninsula AVA in the Hampton Roads region. It received a gold medal for the 2017 Petit Verdot Reserve.
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The Winery At Bull Run
The Winery at Bull Run is located in Centreville in the northern VA region. It received four gold medals for the 2019 Barrel Select Viognier, 2019 Cabernet Franc Reserve, 2019 Reconciliation, 2019 Petit Manseng.
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Trump Winery
Trump Winery is located in Charlottesville and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received a gold medal and earned a spot in the Governor's Cup Case for the 2014 Brut Reserve.

What's Included

  • $10 Off The Purchase Of The 2014 Sparkling Reserve
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Upper Shirley Vineyards
Upper Shirley Vineyards is located in Charles City in the Hampton Roads region. It received two gold medals for the 2016 Tannat, 2016 Zachariah
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Veritas Winery
Veritas Winery is located in Afton and is a part of the Monticello AVA in the central VA region. It received five gold medals for the 2019 The Momentarius Collection Monticello White Blend, 2015 Scintilla, 2017 Petit Verdot, 2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve, 2019 Sauvignon Blanc. The 2017 Petit Verdot...
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Walsh Family Wine
Walsh Family Wine is located in Purcellvile in the northern VA region. It received a gold medal for the 2019 Dutchman's Creek Cabernet Franc.