Congratulations to DC’s Wine Country wineries that took home medals in the 2012 Governor’s Cup! More than 400 wines were judged, and of the top 12 to land in the 2012 Governor’s Cup case, one is located on the Loudoun Wine Trail: Tarara Winery’s 2010 Honah Lee White Vinifera Blend.
Below are the medal winners from the Loudoun Wine Trail. Want to sample their award-winning wines for yourself? We’ll be happy to set up your private tour! For more information visit our web page at http://www.restonlimo.com/dc_limousine_services/private-tours/
Sunset Hills 2009 Cabernet Franc
Tarara Winery 2010 White Vinifera Blend Honah Lee
Breaux Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc Reserve
Doukenie Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc
North Gate Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Franc
Notaviva Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc Cantabile
Sunset Hills Vineyard 2009 Cabernet Franc Reserve
Zephaniah Farm Vineyard 2009 Cabernet Franc
Doukenie Winery 2010 Chardonnay, Barrel Fermented
Tarara Winery 2010 Chardonnay, Barrel Fermented Three Vineyards
Barrel Oak Winery 2010 Chardonnay, unoaked Reserve
Bluemont Vineyard 2010 Meritage Blend
Boxwood Winery 2009 Meritage Blend Boxwood
Boxwood Winery 2009 Meritage Blend Topiary
Breaux Vineyards 2007 Meritage Blend Meritage
Breaux Vineyards NV Meritage Blend Equation
Notaviva Vineyards 2009 Meritage Blend Ludwig
Veramar Bogati NV Meritage Blend Rooster Red
Veramar Bogati NV Meritage Blend Collection I Lot 7
Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery 2009 Merlot
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards Inc 2007 Merlot
Barrel Oak Winery 2009 Petit Verdot Reserve
Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery 2009 Petit Verdot
Tarara Winery 2009 Red Vinifera Blend Nevaeh Red
Three Fox Vineyards 2010 Sangiovese Volpe
Breaux Vineyards 2010 Viognier
Breaux Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc Marquis de Lafayette Bonze
Catoctin Creek Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc
Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc
Fabbioli Cellars 2009 Cabernet Franc
Breaux Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sunset Hills Vineyard 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Notaviva Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, Barrel Fermented Calor
North Gate Vineyard 2010 Chardonnay, oaked
Doukenie Winery NV Fruit/Grape Blend Hopes Legacy
Bluemont Vineyard 2008 Meritage Blend
Catoctin Creek Winery 2010 Meritage Blend
Doukenie Winery 2009 Meritage Blend Vintner’s Reserve
Fabbioli Cellars 2009 Meritage Blend TreSorelle
Bluemont Vineyard 2010 Merlot The Ram
Bluemont Vineyard 2009 Merlot The Ram
Breaux Vineyards 2007 Merlot
Doukenie Winery 2009 Merlot
Three Fox Vineyards 2010 Merlot La Trovatella
Breaux Vineyards 2007 Nebbiolo Reserve
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards Inc 2010 Petit Manseng Claire
North Gate Vineyard 2010 Petit Verdot
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards Inc 2010 Petit Verdot
Loudoun Valley Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir
Bluemont Vineyard NV Red Vinifera Blend Farm Table Red
Loudoun Valley Vineyards 2008 Red Vinifera Blend Dynasty
Tarara Winery 2009 Red Vinifera Blend Tranquility Red
Breaux Vineyards 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Doukenie Winery 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards Inc 2010 Seyval Blanc
Fabbioli Cellars 2009 Tannat
Breaux Vineyards 2010 Vidal Blanc Chere Marie
Notaviva Vineyards 2010 Vidal Blanc Verano
Bluemont Vineyard 2010 Viognier
Tarara Winery 2010 Viognier
Breaux Vineyards 2010 White Hy/Vin Blend Jennifer’s Jambalaya
Tarara Winery 2010 White Vinifera Blend Nevaeh White
Tarara Winery 2010 White Vinifera Blend Charval
After visiting Casanel Vineyards and Dry Mill Vineyards, the Reston Limousine Blogger’s Wine Tour resumed our travels to our next destinations on the Loudoun Wine Trail’s Harmony Cluster.
Our group arrived at Zephaniah Farm Vineyard, Loudoun’s smallest winery and open only by appointment. Bill Hatch and his wife, Bonnie Archer, led us into the wonderful 1830 manor house that serves as one of the most unique tasting rooms we’ve visited. At the entry, Bill showed us a black and white photograph that included his great-grandfather, Zephaniah Jefferson Hatch, for whom the winery is named.
The home’s rich history was evident in the antique furniture and photographs placed throughout the tasting room, which once served as a parlor. Following the tastings of their Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, Bill was joined by his son and fellow winemaker, Tremain, in explaining his family’s winemaking process downstairs as he offered barrel tastings for the group.
We could easily have spent the entire day at Zephaniah, but the final stop on our our tour awaited: Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, Loudoun’s original winery. Celebrating 25 years this year, the award-winning Willowcroft is a popular destination on the wine trail and often hosts celebrations such as the bridal shower taking place that day.
Tastings take place in a historic red barn, and when the heights on Mt. Gilead aren’t shrouded in mist and light rain as it was on Saturday, great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains can be had from the picnic area. The weather dissuaded us from taking self-guided tours of the farm, unfortunately.
Flush with the tastings of the day, we headed back to the bus and our driver, James, and admired his handiwork in creating our names out of copper wire. If you ever meet him on the Reston Limo DC tour, be sure to ask him for a song!
We’d like to thank Tammi Marcoullier, Audrey McGill, Dezel Quillen, Joe Roberts, and Kathy and Terry Sullivan for joining us on our first blogger’s tour, and to Casanel Vineyards, Dry Mill Vineyards, Zephaniah Farm Vineyard and Willowcroft Farm Vineyard for hosting the bloggers on Saturday.
If you would like to schedule your own private tour of the Harmony Cluster of the Loudoun Wine Trail or other regional wine trails, please visit www.restonlimo.com for more information.