Gov. McAuliffe Awards Keswick Vineyards with 2016 Governor's CupPosted: Updated:
A family-owned Albemarle County winery is celebrating its second time winning the top prize for Virginia wine.
The Keswick Vineyards tasting room proudly displays the Governor's Cup for its 2014 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve.
The bold red wine earned the highest score from a panel of judges who narrowed down 432 wines to 12 selected for this year's Governor's Cup Case.
Keswick credits its soil and winemaker for the success.
“We've made some really, really nice wines over the years, but they all trace back to good vintages, and good grapes. And that's the secret to making good wine, is getting out of the way and let the wine make itself,” said Stephen Barnard, a Keswick Vineyards winemaker.
Keswick describes this cab franc as ripe. Spicy with black pepper and hints of lavender and violet. It's available for tasting at the vineyard this weekend.
“There's very few repeat winners of the Governor's Cup, so it's kind of an elite group that we're proud to be a part of,” said Al Schornberg, the owner of Keswick Vineyards.
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