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 85% Shenandoah Valley AVA wines and produced by one of our members.

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

2023 Shenandoah Cup Winner

Congratulations to Jump Mountain Vineyard.
(photo credit: Nancy Bauer)

Mary Hughes and David Vermilion bought the 32-acre farm just north of Lexington in 2006 and planted three acres with some unusual-for-Virginia grapevines. In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat, they also have some Gruner Veltliner,  Refosco, Lagrein and Sagrantino and they source Syrah and Cabernet Franc from a nearby vineyard. The vineyard is a labor of love for the couple who are both employed at UVA in Charlottesville. Borderland is a blend of 50% Tannat, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Compliments to all the medal winners at the 2023 competition that are listed below.

Gold Medals

Barren Ridge Vineyards 2019 JAS A. HIGGS
Bluestone Vineyard 2021 Bridgewater Crimson
Bluestone Vineyard 2021 Merlot
Bluestone Vineyard 2017 Blue Ice
Bluestone Vineyard 2022 Petit Manseng
Bluestone Vineyard 2022 Vidal Blanc
Briedé Family Vineyards 2020 Sparkling Winchester
Briedé Family Vineyards 2022 Marquette
Brix & Columns Vineyards 2021 Chardonnay
Cave Ridge Vineyard 2019 Petit Verdot
Jump Mountain Vineyard 2019 Borderland
Jump Mountain Vineyard 2021 Livia
Muse Vineyards 2020 Petit Verdot
Muse Vineyards 2020 Cabernet Franc
Muse Vineyards 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon
Muse Vineyards 2019 Clio
Rockbridge Vineyards 2019 V d’Or
Wolf Gap Vineyard 2022 Cabernet Franc Reserve

Silver Medals

Brix & Columns Vineyards 2021 Cabernet Franc
Barren Ridge Vineyards 2022 Viognier
Barren Ridge Vineyards 2022 Rosé
Barren Ridge Vineyards 2021 Cabernet Franc
Bluestone Vineyard 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bluestone Vineyard 2021 Chardonnay
Bluestone Vineyard 2022 Rosé
Bluestone Vineyard 2017 Blanc de Blancs
Bluestone Vineyard 2022 Malbec
Bluestone Vineyard 2021 Cabernet Franc
Bluestone Vineyard 2019 Petit Verdot
Briedé Family Vineyards 2022 Bries Estate
Briedé Family Vineyards 2021 Tannat
Briedé Family Vineyards 2021 Chocolate Red
Briedé Family Vineyards 2021 Speed of Sound
Briedé Family Vineyards 2020 Arandell
Briedé Family Vineyards 2022 Agathusone
Cave Ridge Vineyard NV Blanc de Blanc
Cave Ridge Vineyard 2019 Fossil Hill Reserve
Cave Ridge Vineyard NV Fille des Etoiles
Cave Ridge Vineyard NV Char d’Vie
Jump Mountain Vineyard 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
Muse Vineyards 2021 Chardonnay
Muse Vineyards 2021 Rousanne
Muse Vineyards 2022 Rosé
Muse Vineyards NV Erato
North Mountain Vineyard NV Zweigelt
North Mountain Vineyard 2017 Petit Verdot
Rockbridge Vineyards 2021 Traminette
Rockbridge Vineyards 2018 DeChiel Riesling
Shenandoah Vineyards 2021 Lemberger
Shenandoah Vineyards 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon
Shenandoah Vineyards 2017 Sparkling Riesling
Shenandoah Vineyards 2019 Riesling
Wine Trail Collaboration NV 540
The Winery at Kindred Pointe 2020 Chambourcin
The Winery at Kindred Pointe NV Felix
Valerie Hill Vinehard and Winery 2021 Seyval Blanc
Wisteria Farm and Vineyard 2022 Cabernet Franc
Wisteria Farm and Vineyard 2022 Viognier Oaked
Wisteria Farm and Vineyard 2022 Persephone
Wolf Gap Vineyard 2022 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Wolf Gap Vineyard 2021 Chambourcin Reserve
Wolf Gap Vineyard 2017 Chambourcin Reserve
Wolf Gap Vineyard 2017 Mariage Reserve
Wolf Gap Vineyard 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Wolf Gap Vineyard 2022 Semi-Sweet Traminette
Wolf Gap Vineyard 2022 Chateau Chardonnay
Wolf Gap Vineyard NV Chambourcin Bleu

Bronze Medals

Cave Ridge Vineyard 2021 Chardonnay
North Mountain Vineyard 2019 Gruner Veltliner
Rockbridge Vineyards 2021 Rose Hill Rosé
Rockbridge Vineyards 2022 Pinot Noir Blanc de Noir
The Winery at Kindred Pointe 2022 Seyval Blanc
Wolf Gap Vineyard 2022 Chardonnay