Virginia Wins 61 Medals at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
RICHMOND, Va.- Virginia Wines continue to show well on the international stage, this time at the largest competition of American Wines in the world. Competing among 5,500 entries from more than 25 states, Virginia earned five gold medals, 28 silver medals (including one cider) and 28 bronze medals. Barboursville Vineyards, Barrel Oak Winery, Gray Ghost Vineyards and Narmada Winery all won gold medals.
The panel of more than 70 judges included members of the media, restaurant and hospitality industry wine buyers, retail wine buyers, wine educators, and winemaker and industry representatives. Virginia wines and medal winners are listed below. For a complete list of judges and winners, click here.
The rapid growth of Virginia's vibrant wine industry has made it one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in the state. In 1979, there were only six wineries in Virginia. Today, there are over 380 vineyards that cultivate over 3,000 acres of grapes and over 200 wineries in Virginia. The state's wine industry's growth is escalating as fast as the state's advancements in wine quality and reputation.