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Virginia Wineries Association Awards

 The growth of the Virginia wine industry is due to the outstanding contributions of individuals who diligently work on behalf of the wine community. Each year at the Governor's Cup Gala, we pay tribute to the significant contributions of these individuals by presenting two awards. We accept nominations throughout the year for both awards.

  • The Gordon Murchie Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual for meritorious service to the Virginia wine industry over a long period of time.
  • The VWA Wine Person of the Year is presented to a person (or persons) deserving recognition for service to the wine industry over the preceding year.

  2018 Award Recipients

Frank Britt, Lynchburg businessman and publisher of the online publication, Official Virginia Wine Lover, was honored as Virginia Wine Person of the Year by the Virginia Wineries Association.   Frank died in May 2017, and June Britt accepted the award on behalf of her husband at the Governor's Cup Gala on February 27.  

With the growth of the Virginia wine industry, Frank recognized an opportunity to expand the offerings of Britt Marketing and to build exposure for Virginia wines.  It was 2005 and the first Official Virginia Wine Lover on-line newsletter was published that spring.  Now in its 13th year, the newsletter reaches some 50,000 subscribers with news about all things wine in Virginia.


The Virginia Lifetime Achievement Awards was presented to Lucie Morton at the  Governor's Cup gala on February 27. Based in Virginia, she is an internationally recognized author, viticulturist, ampelographer, lecturer, consultant and research collaborator. She has provided advice on viticulture to numerous national and international wineries.


Lucie received her higher education in viticulture in Europe, but her practical education began in Virginia working as a vineyard manager on her family's farm along the banks of the Potomac River. Most recently, she has been working with geologists to show the need for revising potassium recommendations based on soil analyses, as well as with plant pathologists to better understand how wood fungi impact developing fruit clusters.


Use this form to submit your nomination (with background/explanation) for Lifetime Achievement and Wine Person of the Year.


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