Valley Road Vineyards is pleased to announce that its 2015 Viognier has won Gold in the 36th annual Virginia Governor’s Cup awards.
Born of fruit sourced in the Monticello AVA, made by King Family Vineyards’ Matthieu Finot, and bottled at KFV, Valley Road’s 2015 Viognier was one of ninety-nine wines awarded a Gold Medal out of over 440 entered in this year’s competition. “We are thrilled that our Viognier was selected as a gold medal winner,” remarked Stan Joynes, Co-Founder and CEO of Valley Road Vineyards. He continued, “We are proud to be in the company of exceptional wineries achieving this honor for their Viognier varietals, including our Nelson 151 neighbors at Veritas.” Of the ninety-nine gold medal winners, eleven were Viogniers.
Tasting notes are assembled for each wine on the characteristics of Appearance, Aroma, Flavor, Overall Quality, and Commercial Sustainability. Wines are then judged on the 100-point Wine Spectator scale of 7 levels ranging from “No Score” to “A Classic Wine.” To achieve a Gold Medal, the wine must score between 90-100 points. Judging took place in two rounds of blind tastings over a four-week period. A distinguished panel of 20 judges, including Master Sommeliers, celebrated culinarians, and international wine educators sampled over 440 wines from 100 Virginia Wineries.
About Valley Road Vineyards
Located at the gateway to the Rockfish Valley on Route 151 in Albemarle County, Valley Road Vineyards opened its doors in July 2016. A purveyor of exquisite wines, the company was conceived by a group of friends who share a love for the Virginia grape. Located on 22 acres, the vineyard enjoys commanding Blue Ridge views, and is conveniently situated in the heart of the Monticello Viticultural Area for easy guest access. In addition to its award-winning 2015 Viognier, Valley Road Vineyards offers ten other varietals and blends in its tasting room, SIP, which is open to the public six days a week. Additional offerings include meeting and event space, and a newly launched wine club.