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2021 Savor Virginia’s Best Readers’ Choice Awards

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Savor Virginia's Best Readers' Choice Awards

Savor Virginia's Best LogoOnce again, we asked our readers to raise a glass to their favorite wineries, breweries, distilleries, festivals, destinations and more by voting in our annual Savor Virginia’s Best Readers’ Choice Awards. And that they did.

Thousands responded in both our initial nomination round and in our voting round, offering their picks for everything from the best place for seasonal beers to the best cheese shop, the best distillery for classic moonshine to the best winery tasting room.

Whether you are searching for a great viognier, a unique B&B or the perfect wine trail, our readers have you covered with these Virginia standouts. Here are our winners—ranked Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze—based on the number of votes received.

BEER AND BREWERIES

Best Beer Label

Platinum
Starr Hill Brewery

Gold
Colonial Beach Brewing

Silver
Smartmouth Brewing Co.

Bronze
Wild Wolf Brewing Company


Best Brewery for Ale

Platinum
Old Bust Head Brewing Company

Gold
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Silver
Wharf Hill Brewing Co.

Bronze
Front Royal Brewing Company


Best Brewery for Amber

Platinum
Old Bust Head Brewing Company

Gold
The Virginia Beer Company

Silver
2 Witches Winery and Brewing Co.

Bronze
Back Bay Brewing


Best Brewery for Families

Platinum
2 Silos Brewing Co.

Gold
Blue Mountain Brewery

Silver
Back Bay Farmhouse Brewing Co.

Bronze
2 Witches Winery and Brewing Co.


Best Brewery for Food Truck Offerings

Platinum
The Virginia Beer Company

Gold
O’Connor Brewing Company

Silver
Billsburg Brewery

Bronze
Pleasure House Brewing


Best Brewery for IPA

Platinum
Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Gold
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Silver
Big Lick Brewing Company

Bronze
Wharf Hill Brewing Co.


Best Brewery for Lager

Platinum
Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Gold
Alewerks Brewing Company

Silver
Front Royal Brewing Company

Bronze
Vanish Farmwoods Brewery


Best Brewery for Live Music

Platinum
2 Silos Brewing Co.

Gold
Montross Brewery

Silver
Smartmouth Brewing Co.

Bronze
The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery


Best Brewery for Saison

Platinum
Smartmouth Brewing Co.

Gold
The Virginia Beer Company

Silver
O’Connor Brewing Company

Bronze
Montross Brewery


Best Brewery for Seasonal Beer

Platinum
Old Bust Head Brewing Company

Gold
Alewerks Brewing Company

Silver
2 Witches Winery and Brewing Co.

Bronze
Beale’s Brewery & Restaurant


Best Brewery for Sour

Platinum
Three Notch’d Brewing Company

Gold
Aslin Beer Company

Silver
Oozlefinch Craft Brewery

Bronze
New Realm Brewing


Best Brewery for Special Events

Platinum
2 Silos Brewing Co.

Gold
Smartmouth Brewing Co.

Silver
2 Witches Winery and Brewing Co.

Bronze
Big Ugly Brewing


Best Brewery for Stout

Platinum
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Gold
Blue Mountain Barrel House

Silver
Colonial Beach Brewing

Bronze
Wharf Hill Brewing Co.


Best Brewery for Tours

Platinum
Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Gold
Port City Brewing

Silver
Blue Mountain Brewery

Bronze
Big Lick Brewing Company


Best Brewery Restaurant

Platinum
Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Gold
Wharf Hill Brewing Co.

Silver
Spencer Devon Brewing

Bronze
Wasserhund Brewing Co.


Best Brewery Tasting Room

Platinum
Dirt Farm Brewing

Gold
Colonial Beach Brewing

Silver
Big Lick Brewing Company

Bronze
Montross Brewery


Best Craft Beer Overall

Platinum
Old Bust Head Brewing Company

Gold
Colonial Beach Brewing

Silver
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Bronze
Blue Mountain Barrel House
 

Best Craft Brewery Overall

Platinum
Starr Hill Brewery

Gold
Bear Chase Brewing Company

Silver
The Virginia Beer Company

Bronze
Big Lick Brewing Company

 

CIDER AND CIDERIES

Best Cider Maker

Platinum
Stephen Schuurman, Winchester Ciderworks

Gold
Will and Elle Correll, Buskey Cider

Silver
Cathy Calhoun, Ditchley Cider Works

Bronze
Ian Niblock, Bold Rock Barrel Barn


Best Cidery for Flavored Cider

Platinum
Winchester Ciderworks

Gold
Sly Clyde Ciderworks

Silver
Bold Rock Hard Cider

Bronze
Bold Rock Barrel Barn


Best Cidery for Traditional Cider

Platinum
Winchester Ciderworks

Gold
Bold Rock Hard Cider

Silver
Albemarle CiderWorks

Bronze
Buskey Cider
 

Best Cidery Overall

Platinum
Winchester Ciderworks

Gold
Sly Clyde Ciderworks

Silver
Albemarle CiderWorks

Bronze
Bold Rock Hard Cider


DISTILLERIES AND SPIRITS

Best Distiller

Platinum
George “Papi” Zwetkow, MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

Gold
Danny Swanson, Laird & Company

Silver
Mark Rangos, Blue Sky Distillery

Bronze
Allan Delmare, Dida’s Distillery


Best Distillery for Bourbon

Platinum
A. Smith Bowman Distillery

Gold
Tarnished Truth Distilling Company

Silver
KO Distilling

Bronze
Falls Church Distillers


Best Distillery for Brandy

Platinum
Laird & Company

Gold
Dida’s Distillery

Silver
Catoctin Creek Distilling Co.


Best Distillery for Classic Moonshine

Platinum
Belmont Farm Distillery

Gold
Belle Isle Moonshine

Silver
KO Distilling

Bronze
Three Crosses Distilling Company


Best Distillery for Flavored Moonshine

Platinum
Belle Isle Moonshine

Gold
Belmont Farm Distillery

Silver
Five Mile Mountain Distillery


Best Distillery for Gin

Platinum
MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

Gold
Dida’s Distillery

Silver
Falls Church Distillers

Bronze
Silverback Distillery


Best Distillery for Rum

Platinum
A. Smith Bowman Distillery

Gold
Blue Sky Distillery

Silver
Vitae Spirits

Bronze
Chesapeake Bay Distillery 


Best Distillery for Tours

Platinum
A. Smith Bowman Distillery

Gold
Blue Sky Distillery

Silver
Tarnished Truth Distilling Company

Bronze
Vitae Spirits


Best Distillery for Vodka

Platinum
MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

Gold
Blue Sky Distillery

Silver
A. Smith Bowman Distillery

Bronze
Dida’s Distillery


Best Distillery for Whiskey

Platinum
Copper Fox Distillery

Gold
Falls Church Distillers

Silver
George Washington’s Distillery

Bronze
Filibuster Distillery


Best Distillery for Whiskey

Platinum
Copper Fox Distillery

Gold
Falls Church Distillers

Silver
George Washington’s Distillery

Bronze
Filibuster Distillery


Best Distillery Overall

Platinum
MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

Gold
Laird & Company

Silver
Blue Sky Distillery

Bronze
Copper Fox Distillery


Best Distillery Tasting Room

Platinum
MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

Gold
Copper Fox Distillery

Silver
Tarnished Truth Distilling Company

Bronze
Silverback Distillery


Best Mead

Platinum
Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery

Gold
Honey & Hops Brew Works

Silver
Silver Hand Meadery

Bronze
Haley’s Honey Meadery


Best Spirits Overall

Platinum
Copper Fox Distillery

Gold
Laird & Company

Silver
KO Distilling

Bronze
Tarnished Truth Distilling Company


TRAVEL AND TOURISM

Best Bed and Breakfast

Platinum
Skyline Vineyard Inn

Gold
The Truitt House

SilverRed Fox Inn

Bronze
Clifton Inn
 

Best Beer Festival

Platinum
Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest

Gold
Virginia Beer Festival

Silver
Blacksburg Brew Do

Bronze
Neptune’s Coastal Craft Beer Festival


Best Cheese Shop

Platinum
The Cheese Shop

Gold
Wegmans

Silver
Feast!

Bronze
TASTE


Best City (or Area) for Touring Breweries

Platinum
Charlottesville

Gold
Richmond

Silver
Norfolk

Bronze
Front Royal
 

Best City (or Area) for Touring Distilleries

Platinum
Charlottesville

Gold
Williamsburg

Silver
Richmond

Bronze
Fredericksburg 


Best City (or Area) for Touring Wineries

Platinum
Charlottesville

Gold
Leesburg

Silver
Northern Neck

Bronze
Woodstock
 

Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant

Platinum
Harper’s Table

Gold
The Farmhouse at Veritas

Silver
Foode

Bronze
1608 Crafthouse


Best Resort/Inn/Hotel

Platinum
Salamander Resort & Spa

Gold
The Omni Homestead Resort

Silver
The Tides Inn

Bronze
Williamsburg Inn
 

Best Restaurant Craft Beer List

Platinum
Charlottesville Draft Taproom

Gold
The Water Dog

Silver
Mekong Restaurant

Bronze
The Answer


Best Restaurant Wine List

Platinum
The Inn at Little Washington

Gold
Opus 9 Steakhouse

Silver
Zoës Steak and Seafood

Bronze
Steinhilber’s Restaurant


Best Restaurant/Bar for Cocktails Made with Virginia Spirits

Platinum
The Hound’s Tale

Gold
The Alley Light

Silver
The Babcock House

Bronze
Amber Ox Public House


Best Spirits Festival

Platinum
Smithfield Bacon, Bourbon & Beach Music Fest

Gold
Belle Grove Plantation Spirits Festival

Silver
River City Spirits Festival

Bronze
Virginia Craft Spirits Roadshow


Best Tour or Limo Company

Platinum
Cville Hops On Tours

Gold
Fruits & Roots Wine Tours


Best Beer Trail

Platinum
Williamsburg Tasting Trail

Gold
Route 151, Nelson County

Silver
Virginia’s Blue Ridge Cheers Trail

Bronze
Coastal Virginia Beer Trail


Best Farmers Market

Platinum
Smithfield Farmers Market

Gold
Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market

Silver
Virginia Beach Farmers Market

Bronze
The Historic Roanoke City Market


Best Virginia Made Product

Platinum
Whitley’s Peanuts

Gold
Laird & Company Apple Brandies

Silver
Blue Crab Bay Peanuts

Bronze
TASTE Products


Best Virginia Weekend Getaway Spot (City/Town)

Platinum
Williamsburg

Gold
Charlottesville

Silver
Smithfield

Bronze
Staunton 


Best Virginia Wine Trail

Platinum
Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail

Gold
Loudoun Wine Trail

Silver
Monticello Wine Trail

Bronze
Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail


Best Wine and Beer Shop

Platinum
The Cheese Shop

Gold
Bon Vivant Wine & Brew

Silver
Total Wine and More

Bronze
Vintage Cellar


Best Wine Festival

Platinum
Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival

Gold
Stratford Hall Wine & Oyster Festival

Silver
Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest

Bronze
Town Point Virginia Wine Festival


WINE AND WINERIES

Best Bottle Artwork

Platinum
Vint Hill Winery

Gold
Veritas Vineyard

Silver
Blenheim Vineyards

Bronze
SummerWind Vineyard


Best Virginia Wine Maker

Platinum
Carl Henrickson, Little Washington Winery

Gold
Mark Misch, Ingleside Vineyards

Silver
Theo Smith, Rappahannock Cellars

Bronze
Matthieu Finot, King Family Vineyards


Best Virginia Wine Overall

Platinum
Little Washington Winery

Gold
Ingleside Vineyards

Silver
Barboursville Vineyards

Bronze
Pearmund Cellars


Best Wine Dog/Cat/Animal

Platinum
Barrel Oak Winery

Gold
Three Fox Vineyards

Silver
Chateau Morrisette Winery

Bronze
Magnolia Vineyards


Best Winery for Cabernet Franc

Platinum
Barboursville Vineyards

Gold
53rd Winery

Silver
Phillip Carter Winery

Bronze
Mountain Rose Vineyards


Best Winery for Cabernet Sauvignon

Platinum
Barboursville Vineyards

Gold
Keswick Vineyards

Silver
Gray Ghost Vineyard

Bronze
Two Twisted Posts Winery


Best Winery for Chardonnay

Platinum
Ingleside Vineyards

Gold
Gray Ghost Vineyard

Silver
Rappahannock Cellars

Bronze
The Williamsburg Winery

 

Best Winery for Dessert Wine

Platinum
Horton Vineyards

Gold
Rappahannock Cellars

Silver
Mountain Rose Vineyards

Bronze
Thatch Winery


Best Winery for Meritage

Platinum
Rappahannock Cellars

Gold
Pearmund Cellars

Silver
King Family Vineyards


Best Winery for Merlot

Platinum
Barboursville Vineyards

Gold
Greenhill Vineyard and Winery

Silver
Glen Manor Vineyards

Bronze
Rosemont of Virginia Winery

Best Winery for Norton

Platinum
The Winery at Bull Run

Gold
Chrysalis Vineyards

Silver
Casanel Vineyard

Bronze
Gaurthier Vineyards


Best Winery for Petit Verdot

Platinum
Ingleside Vineyards

Gold
Pearmund Cellars

Silver
Veritas Vineyard

Bronze
The Williamsburg Winery


Best Winery for Picnics

Platinum
Three Fox Vineyards

Gold
King Family Vineyards

Silver
Veritas Vineyard

Bronze
Glen Manor Vineyards


Best Winery for Rosé

Platinum
The Williamsburg Winery

Gold
Gray Ghost Vineyard

Silver
53rd Winery

Bronze
Early Mountain Vineyards


Best Winery for Sparkling Wine

Platinum
Rappahannock Cellars

Gold
Trump Winery

Silver
Three Fox Vineyards

Bronze
Mountain Rose Vineyards


Best Winery for Tours

Platinum
Williamsburg Winery

Gold
Glen Manor Vineyards


Best Winery for Viognier

Platinum
Three Fox Vineyards

Gold
Jefferson Vineyards

Silver
Phillip Carter Winery

Bronze
Two Twisted Posts Winery


Best Winery for Weddings

Platinum
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Gold
Early Mountain Vineyards

Silver
Keswick Vineyards

Bronze
Rosemont of Virginia Winery


Best Winery Overall

Platinum
Little Washington Winery

Gold
Ingleside Vineyards

Silver
53rd Winery

Bronze
Phillip Carter Winery


Best Winery Tasting Room

Platinum
Little Washington Winery

Gold
53rd Winery

Silver
Magnolia Vineyards

Bronze
Early Mountain Vineyards


Best Winery with a View

Platinum
Little Washington Winery

Gold
Afton Mountain Vineyards

Silver
Bluemont Vineyard

Bronze
Muse Vineyards

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