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Feb. 26, 2019 (RICHMOND) – Governor Ralph Northam awarded the 2019 Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) Governor's Cup to Horton Vineyards for their 2016 Petit Manseng at the 2019 Governor’s Cup Gala.  The Gala took place Tuesday evening, February 26, at the Main Street Station in Richmond, Virginia

“It is my pleasure to award this honor to Sharon Horton and her entire winery and vineyard team, including winemakers Michael Heny and Andrew Reagan,” said Governor Northam. “Horton Vineyards is among Virginia’s true wine pioneers renowned for first growing many of the varieties that have taken hold in Virginia. In addition to the winning wine, the eleven wines included in the 2019 Governor’s Cup Case highlight the outstanding quality of wines being produced within our Commonwealth.”
Horton Vineyards’ 2016 Petit Manseng is composed of 90 percent Petit Manseng, 5 percent Viognier and 5 percent Rkatsiteli grapes. The wine is 100 percent estate-grown including their Berry Hill vineyard fruit. All fruit was hand-harvested and underwent whole cluster press. Fermentation occurred in 90 percent French oak and 10 percent stainless steel. Tasting notes state that the wine shows intensity and an explosion of flavors across the palate with a lingering acidic finish.

 Alongside Horton Vineyards’ 2016 Petit Manseng, the 11 wines included in the 2019 Governor’s Cup Case are:

  • Barboursville Vineyards 2017 Vermentino Reserve
  • Early Mountain Vineyards 2016 Eluvium
  • Glen Manor Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc
  • King Family Vineyards 2016 Mountain Plains
  • King Family Vineyards 2016 Meritage
  • Paradise Springs Winery 2015 Meritage
  • Virginia Wine Works 2016 Hamlet Vineyards Eltham
  • Virginia Wine Works 2016 Michael Shaps Petit Manseng
  • Virginia Wine Works 2016 Michael Shaps Raisin d’Etre White
  • Virginia Wine Works 2015 Michael Shaps Tannat
  • Virginia Wine Works 2014 Upper Shirley Zachariah 
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