The Williamsburg Winery recently took home a gold medal from the 2021 Virginia Wineries Association Governor’s Cup Wine Competition.

The 2017 Petit Verdot Reserve was awarded a gold medal from the Virginia Wineries Association Governor’s Cup Wine Competition on Tuesday. Gold-medal winners scored 90 or higher on a 100-point scale in one of the most stringent and thorough wine competitions in the nation.

Jay Youmans — one of only 57 Masters of Wine in the United States — oversaw the 39th annual event, with 16 world-class judges sampling a record 544 entries from more than 100 Virginia wineries. The competition is the benchmark to which wines on the East Coast aspire.

“We appreciate the recognition,” said Matthew Meyer, winemaker at The Williamsburg Winery. “I love the Petit Verdot. I think it’s got a strong presence in Virginia and will continue to gain even more traction not just in Virginia but around the world as a single varietal.”

Bursting with ripe strawberry, raspberry and cherry along with some blueberry and blackberry, the Petit Verdot contains a hint of darker dried fruits along with a touch of cocoa and vanilla. Meyer touts its earthiness and its approachable yet big and bold tannins.

In 2014, the 2010 Adagio earned the Governor’s Cup, the top award in the state for blended red wine. In 1989, The Williamsburg Winery also received the top honor with its 1988 Chardonnay.

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Arielle Patterson