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Winners Announced In The Seventh Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

With about 275 wineries, 140 breweries and 28 distilleries in the commonwealth—and growing continually—it’s hard to decide what and where to drink, visit, buy and taste. We hope our Readers’ Choice Awards can help you make some wise choices by offering recommendations from fellow Savor Virginia readers.

Want to know who makes a terrific IPA? What about the best winery for picnics? Or the top Virginia distilleries for sampling? We’ll let you in on the favorite city for touring wineries, breweries with stellar food trucks, most awesome tasting room views and so much more. Of course, all of our Gold, Silver and Bronze winners were selected by you and your peers—and we consider our readers a discerning group with good taste.

We encourage you to get out there and savor all Virginia has to offer—and our list of award-winners provides a fantastic place to begin or continue your journey of raising a glass to the good life.


2017 BEST OF WINNERS

WINES AND WINERIES

Best Winery
GOLD
Pearmund Cellars
SILVERIngleside Vineyards
BRONZE
Trump Winery
Best Winery For Picnics
GOLDPearmund Cellars
SILVERIngleside Vineyards
BRONZE
Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery (tie) and Trump Winery (tie)
Best Winery For Food Offerings
GOLD
Trump Winery
SILVER
Potomac Point Winery
BRONZE
The Williamsburg Winery
Best Winery Dog
GOLD
Pearmund Cellars
SILVERStone Mountain Vineyards
BRONZEIngleside Vineyards
Best Winery For Weddings
GOLD
Trump Winery
SILVERPotomac Point Winery
BRONZE
Effingham Manor Winery
Best Winery For Special Events
GOLDTrump Winery
SILVERIngleside Vineyards
BRONZE
Effingham Manor Winery
Best Winery Tasting Room
GOLD
Pearmund Cellars
SILVER
Ingleside Vineyards
BRONZE
Trump Winery
Best Winery For Tours
GOLD
Pearmund Cellars
SILVER
Williamsburg Winery
BRONZE
Ingleside Vineyards
Best Winery With A View
GOLD
Trump Winery
SILVER
Stone Mountain Vineyards
BRONZE
Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery
Best Romantic Winery
GOLDPearmund Cellars
SILVERTrump Winery
BRONZEPotomac Point Winery
Best Winemaker
GOLD
Pearmund Cellars—Chris Pearmund
SILVER
Trump Winery—Jonathan Wheeler
BRONZE
Potomac Point Winery—David Pagan Castaño
Best Bottle Artwork
GOLD
Effingham Manor Winery
SILVER
Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery
BRONZE
Ingleside Vineyards
Best Cabernet Franc
GOLD
Ingleside Vineyards—Cabernet Franc
SILVERGauthier Vineyard—Cabernet Franc
BRONZE
Potomac Point Winery—Cabernet Franc
Best Cabernet Sauvignon
GOLD
Ingleside Vineyards—Cabernet Sauvignon
SILVER
Saudé Creek Vineyards—Barrel 76
BRONZE
Molon Lave Vineyards and Winery—Cabernet Sauvignon
Best Claret
GOLD
Ingleside Vineyards—Cabernet Merlot
SILVER
Lake Anna Winery—Spotsylvania Claret
Best Meritage
GOLD
Pearmund Cellars—Ameritage Reserve
SILVERTrump Winery—Meritage
BRONZE
Ingleside Vineyards—Virginia
Best Norton
GOLD
Potomac Point Winery—Norton
SILVER
The Winery at Bull Run—Norton
BRONZE
New Kent Winery—Virginia White Norton
Best Petit Verdot
GOLD
Ingleside Vineyards—Petit Verdot
SILVER
The Williamsburg Winery—Wessex Hundred Petit Verdot
BRONZE
Gauthier Vineyard—Petit Verdot
Best Red Other
GOLD
Trump Winery—New World Reserve
SILVER
Ingleside Vineyards—Blue Crab Red
BRONZE
Potomac Point Winery—Coyote Cave Red
Best Viognier
GOLD
Pearmund Cellars—Viognier
SILVER
Trump Winery—Viognier
BRONZE
Potomac Point Winery—Viognier
Best Petit Manseng
GOLDPearmund Cellars—Petit Manseng
SILVER
Ingleside Vineyards—Petit Manseng
BRONZE
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery—Tres Bien
Best Oaked Chardonnay
GOLDPearmund Cellars—Old Vine Chardonnay
SILVER
Ingleside Vineyards—Chardonnay Reserve
BRONZE
Gauthier Vineyard—Oaked Chardonnay
Best Steel-Fermented Chardonnay
GOLD
Ingleside Vineyards—Chardonnay Reserve
SILVER
The Winery at Bull Run—Stainless Chardonnay
Best Traminette
GOLD
Gauthier Vineyard—Traminette
SILVER
Blue Ridge Vineyard—Traminette
BRONZE
Saudé Creek Vineyards—Traminette
Best Pinot Grigio
GOLD
Barboursville Vineyards—Pinot Grigio
SILVERIngleside Vineyards—Pinot Grigio
BRONZEPrince Michel Vineyard & Winery—Pinot Grigio
Best Sauvignon Blanc
GOLD
Upper Shirley Vineyards—Sauvignon Blanc
SILVER
Fox Meadow Vineyards—Le Renard Gris
BRONZE
James Charles Winery & Vineyard—Fume Blanc
Best White Other
GOLD
Ingleside Vineyards—Albariño
SILVERPotomac Point Winery—La Belle Vie White
BRONZENaked Mountain Winery & Vineyards—Chardonnay Riesling (tie) and Gauthier Vineyard—Gazebo Blanc
Best Rosé
GOLDIngleside Vineyards—Rosato di Sangiovese
SILVER
Potomac Point Winery—La Belle Vie Rosé
BRONZE
Gauthier Vineyard—Aimee Reneé Rosé
Best Fruit Wine
GOLD
Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery—Blue Heeler
SILVERMattaponi Winery—Odeimin
BRONZE
The Winery at Bull Run—Peach
Best Dessert Wine
GOLD
Ingleside Vineyards—October Harvest
SILVER
Trump Winery—CRU
BRONZE
Barrel Oak Winery—Chocolate Lab Dessert Wine
Best Sparkling Wine
GOLD
Trump Winery—Sparkling Reserve
SILVER
Ingleside VIneyards—Virginia Brut
BRONZE
Gauthier Vineyard—Sparkling Aimeé Reneé Rosé

BEERS, BREWERIES AND CIDER

Best Craft Brewery
GOLD
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
SILVER
Old Bust Head Brewing Company
BRONZE
Blue Mountain Brewery
Best Brewery Food Offerings
GOLD
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
SILVERBlue Mountain Brewery
BRONZE
Spencer Devon Brewing
Best Brewery For Food Truck Offerings
GOLDHardywood Park Craft Brewery
SILVEROld Bust Head Brewing Company (tie) and Adventure Brewing Co. (tie)
BRONZEAMMO Brewing (tie) and The Virginia Beer Company (tie)
Best Brewery For Families
GOLD
Blue Mountain Brewery
SILVER
Wild Wolf Brewing Company
BRONZE
Legend Brewing Company (tie) and Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery (tie) and Old 690 Brewing Company (tie)
Best Brewery For Games/Activities
GOLD
Center of the Universe Brewing Company
SILVERAdventure Brewing Company
BRONZE
Strangeways Brewing
Best Brewery For Live Music
GOLD
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
SILVERHardywood Park Craft Brewery
BRONZEBrew Republic Bierwerks
Best Brewery For Special Events
GOLD
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
SILVER
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Best Brewery Tasting Room
GOLD
Bold Rock Cider
SILVERHardywood Park Craft Brewery (tie) and Port City Brewing Co. (tie)
BRONZEOld Bust Head Brewing Company
Best Brewery For Tours
GOLD
Port City Brewing Co.
SILVERHardywood Park Craft Brewery
BRONZE
Stone Brewing
Best Brewery With A View
GOLD
Blue Mountain Brewery
SILVERDevils Backbone Brewing Company
BRONZE
Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery (tie) and Legend Brewing Company (tie)
Best Eco-Friendly Brewery
GOLD
Fair Winds Brewing Company
SILVER
Old Bust Head Brewing Company
Best Beer Label
GOLD
Starr Hill Brewery
SILVERChaos Mountain Brewing
BRONZEOld Bust Head Brewing Company
Best Amber
GOLDCapitol City Brewing Company—Amber Waves
Best Bourbon Barrel Beer
GOLD
Blue Mountain Brewery—Dark Hollow
Best IPA
GOLD
Reaver Beach Brewing Co.—Hoptopus
Best Sour
GOLD
Strangeways Brewery—Überlin
Best Stout
GOLD
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery—Gingerbread Stout
Best Seasonal Beer
GOLDBlue Mountain Brewery—Dark Hollow
SILVER
Alewerks Brewing Company—Pumpkin Ale
Best Pumpkin Beer
GOLD
Alewerks Brewing Company—Pumpkin Ale
Best Oktoberfest
GOLD
Legend Brewing Company—Oktoberfest
SILVERPort City Brewing Co.—Oktoberfest
Best Summer Beer
GOLDBlue Mountain Brewery—Rockfish Wheat
Best Traditional Cider
GOLD
Bold Rock Cider
SILVERCastle Hill Cider
BRONZE
Blue Toad Hard Cider
Best Flavored Cider
GOLD
Bold Rock Cider
SILVERCobbler Mountain Cellars
BRONZEBlue Bee Cider

SPIRITS AND DISTILLERIES

Best Distillery
GOLDSilverback Distillery
SILVERBondurant Brothers Distillery (tie) and Virginia Distillery Co. (tie) and A. Smith Bowman Distillery (tie)
Best Distillery For Tastings
GOLD
A. Smith Bowman Distillery
SILVERVirginia Distillery Co.
BRONZECopper Fox Distillery
Best Distillery For Tours
GOLDCopper Fox Distillery
SILVERA. Smith Bowman Distillery (tie) and Virginia Distillery Co. (tie)
BRONZE
MurLarkey Distilled Spirits, LLC
Best Meadery
GOLD
Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery
SILVERBlack Heath Meadery
BRONZE
Silver Hand Meadery
Best Bourbon
GOLD
A. Smith Bowman Distillery
SILVERSilverback Distillery
Best Gin
GOLD
Silverback Distillery
SILVERCopper Fox Distillery
BRONZE
A. Smith Bowman Distillery
Best Rum
GOLD
Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery
Best Vodka
GOLD
Silverback Distillery
SILVERMurLarkey Distilled Spirits, LLC
Best Whiskey
GOLD
Virginia Distillery Co.
SILVERCopper Fox Distillery
BRONZE
MurLarkey Distilled Spirits, LLC
Best Moonshine
GOLD
MurLarkey Distilled Spirits, LLC
SILVERTim Smith’s Climax Moonshine

TRAVEL AND LEISURE

Best Wine Trail
GOLD
Monticello Wine Trail
SILVERChesapeake Bay Wine Trail
BRONZE
Nelson 151
Best Beer Trail
GOLD
Nelson 151
SILVERCharlottesville Brew Ridge Beer Route
BRONZE
Grapes and Grains Trail
Best Wine Festival
GOLD
Stratford Hall Wine and Oyster Festival
SILVERVirginia Wine & Craft Festival
BRONZE
Virginia Wine Expo
Best Beer Festival
GOLD
Hoptoberfest
SILVERBlacksburg Brew Do
BRONZE
Top of The Hops Beer Fest
Best City For Touring Wineries
GOLD
Charlottesville
SILVER
Leesburg
BRONZE
Gordonsville (tie) and Warrenton (tie)
Best City For Touring Breweries
GOLDCharlottesville
SILVERRichmond
Best City For Touring Distilleries
GOLD
Charlottesville
SILVERFredricksburg
BRONZE
Richmond (tie) and Little Washington (tie)
Best Farm
GOLD
Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery
SILVERCox Farms
Best Wine And Beer Shop
GOLD
Total Wine and More
SILVERWegmans
BRONZE
Market Street Wine Shop
Best Wine Accessory Shop
GOLD
Total Wine and More
SILVERBarboursville Vineyards Gift Shop
BRONZE
Potomac Point Winery Gift Shop
Best Gourmet Shop (Not A Winery) For Virginia Wine
GOLD
Once Upon A Vine
SILVERThe Cheese Shop
BRONZE
Gordonsville (tie) and Warrenton (tie)
Best Cheese Shop
GOLD
Wegmans
SILVERThe Cheese Shop
BRONZE
Thyme Market
Best Bed & Breakfast For A Wine Weekend
GOLD
Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery
SILVERThe Farmhouse at Veritas
BRONZE
Peaks of Otter Lodge (tie) and The Suites at Prince Michel (tie)
Best Weekend Wine-Themed Getaway Spot
GOLD
Charlottesville
SILVERMiddleburg (tie) and Northern Neck (tie)
BRONZE
Nelson County (tie) and Little Washington (tie)
Best Wine/Beer/Spirits Tour Or Limo Company
GOLD
Point to Point Limousines
SILVERJames River Transportation
BRONZE
Chantilly Air
Best Restaurant Wine List
GOLD
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
SILVERThe Inn at Montross
BRONZE
Bonefish Grill
Best Restaurant With Local Food Offerings
GOLD
Blue Mountain Brewery
SILVERUpper Shirley Vineyards
BRONZE
Jack’s Shop Kitchen
Written By

Chris Murphy