CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Some winemakers on the Monticello Trail are celebrating as several bottles took home the gold.

Out of the 58 entries from 22 wineries, 13 were awarded gold medals on Monday, April 30. Trump Winery and Pollak took home two medals each.

Next Monday, May 7, people will find out the top three red and white wines, along with the overall winner of the 2018 Monticello Cup.

Press Release from the Monticello Wine Trail:

Charlottesville, VA – Twenty-two wineries from the Monticello Wine Trail (MWT) competed in the 2018 Monticello Cup Wine Competition, a friendly competition among wineries in the Monticello American Viticultural Area (AVA). This year’s competition was coordinated by the Virginia Wine & Spirits Academy, and all entered wines contained a minimum of 85% fruit from the Monticello AVA and were produced by a member of the MWT.

This year 13 gold medals were awarded out of 58 entries. From these, the Top 3 White, Top 3 Red and overall Monticello Cup Winner, for the highest-ranking wine, will be announced live at the Monticello Cup Awards (MCA) on Monday, May 7, 6pm at the Jefferson Theater. The MCA will also serve as the official start to the 2018 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival. Tickets for the award ceremony are available to the public at

Medal Winery Vintage Wine
GOLD Afton Mountain Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay Estate Reserve
GOLD Barboursville Vineyards 2015 Octagon
GOLD Flying Fox Vineyard 2014 Petit Verdot
GOLD Jefferson Vineyards 2014 Estate Reserve (Petit Verdot)
GOLD Keswick Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve
GOLD King Family Vineyards 2015 Meritage
GOLD Michael Shaps Wineworks 2017 Rosie Rosé
GOLD Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
GOLD Pollak Vineyards 2017 Viognier
GOLD Pollak Vineyards 2014 Meritage
GOLD Trump Winery 2012 Blanc de Blanc
GOLD Trump Winery 2015 New World Reserve
GOLD Veritas Vineyard & Winery 2015 Petit Verdot "Paul Shaffer's 7th Edition"

Keswick Vineyards’ Winemaker Stephen Barnard commented on their gold medal win, “It is always lovely to get recognition from industry professionals and colleagues and I am so happy for the team that can celebrate this, but then it is hard at work the following morning making the next wine and improving
upon what we have done in the past.

This is our motivation each day, to never be satisfied and constantly push the boundaries as we try to make world class wines in Virginia.” The MWT, a subsidiary of the Jeffersonian Wine Grape Growers Society, is an association of 33 wineries surrounding Charlottesville, VA. The mission of the JWGGS is to support our members and promote quality grapes and wine produced in the Monticello AVA.

For more information on the award ceremony and the rest of the festival events please visit For more information about the Monticello Wine Trail please visit