21 Wineries Shine with Gold at the Loudoun Wine Awards

by Kaia

Loudoun Wineries & Winegrowers Association proudly unveiled the laureates of the eighth annual Loudoun Wine Awards competition, heralding excellence in winemaking. The crème de la crème among these distinguished winners will be celebrated during a grand tasting event set to take place on October 20th at the Lansdowne Resort.


This year’s fierce competition saw a remarkable array of 113 wines meticulously scrutinized by a panel of expert judges, who bestowed the prestigious gold medal upon 21 standout entries, while an additional 75 wines secured well-deserved silver medals.


The highest honors, including the coveted Grand Award for the finest wine overall and distinctions for the best-in-class wines by varietal, will be unveiled during the awards ceremony. Moreover, the annual celebration of Loudoun County’s wine industry will feature accolades for Winemaker of the Year, Winegrower of the Year, and Wine Ambassador of the Year.


The awards ceremony promises to be an exciting event open to the public, and tickets are currently available for purchase.


October One Vineyard, owned by Bob and Loree Rupy, emerged as a frontrunner in this year’s competition, securing a remarkable trio of gold medals and three silver medals. Their gold-medal triumphs were for three 2002 vintage wines: Albariño, Viognier Stainless, and Viognier Barrel Fermented.

Notably, five wineries garnered two gold medals each:

Hillsborough Vineyards, for its 2022 Opal and 2021 Ruby.
Iron Will Winery, acclaimed for its 2021 The Arrival and 2020 Vitraux.
Walsh Family Wine, recognized for its 2021 Twin Notch Red and 2022 Bethany Ridge Sauvignon Blanc.
The Wine Reserve at Waterford, with accolades for its 2022 First Harvest and 2021 Gila.
Zephaniah Farm Vineyard, honored for its 2021 Twin Notch Red and 2021 Petit Manseng Late Harvest.
Additionally, several other wines earned gold medals, showcasing the diverse excellence within the Loudoun County wine scene:

50 West Vineyards: Vidal Blanc 2022
Bluemont Vineyard: Petit Manseng 2021
Carriage House Wineworks: Petit Verdot 2021
Fabbioli Cellars: Cabernet Franc Reserve 2019
The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek: Allure 2019
Two Twisted Posts Winery: Petit Verdot 2019
Williams Gap Vineyard: Petit Manseng 2022
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards: Rosé of Sharon 2022
These remarkable wines reflect the excellence and diversity of Loudoun County’s burgeoning wine industry, showcasing the region’s exceptional winemaking talent.



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