Shenandoah Cup

Shenandoah Cup Wine Competition

Wine competitions are held to obtain valid comparisons of wines by trained experts to draw attention to a specific winemaking region. Following after other Virginia wine regions, the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail decided to create their own to gain recognition for their top notch wines. The first competition was first held in 2019. The goal is to draw more attention to the Shenandoah Valley AVA highlighting the superior growing conditions for wine grapes and the resulting wines that are being made. Wine submitted for judging must be at least 75% Shenandoah Valley AVA wines and produced by one of our members.

Shenandoah Valley Trail Winery Members at the inaugural 2019 Shenandoah Cup Gala.

2021 Shenandoah Cup Winner

Congratulations to Bluestone Vineyard, winemaker Lee Hartman and his team for winning the 2021 Shenandoah Cup with 2017 Houndstooth. Awards for the 2021 competition were handed out on Friday, November 12 at the Shenandoah Cup Gala. Houndstooth is Bluestone’s Bordeaux blend of 33% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and 11% Petit Verdot. 

Compliments to all the medal winners at the 2021 competition that are listed below. 

Gold Medals

Bluestone Vineyard 2017 Houndstooth
Bluestone Vineyard 2019 Chardonnay Stainless
Briede Family Vineyards 2019 Tannat
Cave Ridge Vineyard NV Blanc de Blanc Sparkling
Cave Ridge Vineyard 2019 Fossil Hill
CrossKeys Vineyards 2019 Meritage
CrossKeys Vineyards 2019 Petit Verdot
Muse Vineyards 2017 Clio
Rockbridge Vineyard 2017 De Chiel White Riesling
Rockbridge Vineyard 2017 Vd’or
WolfGap Vineyard and Winery 2017 Chambourcin

Silver Medals

Barren Ridge Vineyards 2017 Petit Verdot
Barren Ridge Vineyards 2019 Vidal Blanc
Barren Ridge Vineyards 2019 Viognier
Bluestone Vineyard NV Beau
Bluestone Vineyard 2015 Cadenza
Bluestone Vineyard 2017 Cab Franc
Bluestone Vineyard 2017 Chardonnay
Bluestone Vineyard 2017 The Steep Face
Bluestone Vineyard 2017 Quartz Hill Red
Bluestone Vineyard 2018 Blanc de Blancs
Bluestone Vineyard 2019 Cab Franc
Bluestone Vineyard 2019 Malbec
Bluestone Vineyard 2019 Rose’
Bluestone Vineyard 2019 The Steep Face
Bluestone Vineyard 2020 Moscato
Bluestone Vineyard 2020 Odd Bird
Briede Family Vineyards 2020 Bloom
Cave Ridge Vineyard NV Le Bon Minou Pet Nat
Cave Ridge Vineyard 2019 Cab Franc
Cave Ridge Vineyard 2019 Chambourcin
Cave Ridge Vineyard 2019 Petit Verdot
CrossKeys Vineyards 2019 Cab Franc
CrossKeys Vineyards 2020 Chardonnay
Muse Vineyards 2017 Nebbiolo
Muse Vineyards 2020 Roussanne
Rockbridge 2015 De Chiel Syrah
Rockbridge Vineyard 2019 De Chiel Chardonnay
Rockbridge Vineyard 2019 St Mary’s Blanc
Rockbridge Vineyard 2019 Tuscarora
Sage Bird Cidery 2020 Last Call – Cider
Shenandoah 2019 Cab Franc
Shenandoah 2019 Cab Sauvigon
Shenandoah 2019 Riesling
Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery NV Lobo Loco
Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery 2015 Mariage Reserve
Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery 2019 Cab Franc Reserve
Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery 2020 Chardonnay

Bronze Medals

Barren Ridge Vineyards 2019 Traminette
Bluestone Vineyard 2020 Vidal Blanc
Briede Family Vineyards 2020 Arandell
Briede Family Vineyards 2020 Pile
Cave Ridge Vineyard NV Rose
Cave Ridge Vineyard 2020 Chardonnay
Cave Ridge Vineyard 2020 Viognier
Rockbridge Vineyard 2015 Tuscarora Red
Shenandoah Vineyards 2019 Chardonnay
Sage Bird Cidery 2019 Summer Harvest Sour
Sage Bird Cidery 2020 Albemarle Pippen
Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery NV Traminette
Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery NV Viognier/Traminette
Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery 2016 Chambourcin

Articles About the Competition

Brix & Columns Blog

Brix and Columns' Wine with Winston Blog covers the Shenandoah Cup Gala from an insider's perspective.

Article By Matt Fitzsimmons

Wine Enthusiast and Blogger, Matt Fitzsimmons wrote an article about the competition featured in the Old Town Crier.

Save the date for November 2022

4th Annual Shenandoah Cup Gala

The results of the 4th annual Shenandoah Cup wine competition will be announced at the Shenandoah Cup Gala in November of 2022. Enjoy light fare while tasting award winning wines of the Shenandoah Valley and hearing from each winery about what sets their wine apart.