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Explore Virginia Wine Country’s gold-medal wines, the best wineries, award-winning cuisines, craft beverages and luxury experiences with our popular Virginia wine journal The Wine & Country Gold Book. Find out which wineries and wines are the best in Virginia, use our wine region maps to make planning a trip to Virginia’s Wine Country easy and enjoy our expert advice on tasting, visiting wineries and much more. The Gold Book wine journal also includes our luxury travel planner filled with beautiful places to stay, charming boutiques and delicious restaurants and is the perfect way to find a wonderful winery near you. Come visit Virginia Wine Country. 

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virginia's best wines

Each year, oenophiles around the state eagerly await the results of the Virginia Governor’s Cup Awards—the state’s most prestigious wine competition. Professional judges sample hundreds of the best Virginia wines from over 100 wineries. Judges use the 100-point scale, as used by Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Wine & Spirits and many others, to rate the most exceptional wines. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals are awarded. The top 12 scoring wines are chosen from the entries to make up the distinguished Virginia Governor’s Cup Case. The most honored bottle, the Virginia Governor’s Cup award winner, is then selected from the Case. Our Virginia Wine & Country Gold Book covers in detail the top wines as well as the wineries and winemakers that are producing exceptional vintages in Virginia Wine Country. Use these resources to visit Virginia wineries and plan your own personalized wine tasting tour of the Gold Medal-winning wineries. 

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2024 Governor’s Cup Case

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Gold Medal Wines of the 2024 Virginia Governor’s Cup

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Virginia Winery Maps

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Expert Wine Tasting Tips

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Virginia's Best Wineries

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Best Virginia Wines in 2024

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2024 Governor’s Cup Case

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Gold Medal Wines of the 2024 Virginia Governor’s Cup

A comprehensive list of the Virginia Wineries and their wines that won gold medals in [...]

Expert Wine Tasting Tips

Your guide to tasting wine. Virginia Wine Country author and expert Richard Leahy leads a [...]

Live. love. buy local

Visit Virginia wineries and discover a premier destination for food and wine lovers that is attracting the wine world’s attention. Over the last 45 years exceptional viticulturists and winemakers from all over the world have come to Virginia Wine Country. Come visit and explore the terroir expressed by our Virginia wineries, breweries and distilleries from the Shenandoah Valley to Leesburg and from Middleburg to Lynchburg, all through the Virginia Wine Belt. Virginia wineries not only excel at crafting beautiful wines-many also offer luxurious hospitality ranging from casual food to fine dining and even vineyard-side cottages where you may stay during your visit. You’ll be sure of a warm welcome whichever Virginia winery you visit. Our Virginia winery destinations will elevate your wine country vacation beyond a classic winery experience with a tasting. Discover beautiful lodging, sumptuous foods, amazing beverages, wonderful people and the all-encompassing scenic vineyard views.

VIRGINIA WINERIES AND CRAFT BEVERAGE MAKERS

Gold Medal Wine Shop

Explore the best wines from Virginia Wine Country according to our professionally judged Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Competition. The wines of the region embody the experimental spirit of Virginia and its flourishing community of winemakers. Rejoice in the refined local flavors sourced from exceptional Virginia vineyards. Discover unique Virginia wines from elegant Sauvignon Blancs to Bordeaux-style red blends and everything in between. The Wine & Country Gold Medal Wine Shop is an easy way for you to find the best Virginia wines to enjoy with friends and family when you visit a Virginia winery or at home. Let our Wine & Country Gold Book guide you on your tasting journey with its wine journal for your tasting notes, Virginia maps, luxury places to stay, fine dining and so much more. 

Barboursville
Vineyards


2021 Fiano

Barboursville
Vineyards


2021 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

Barboursville
Vineyards


2021 Vermentino Reserve

 

Barrel Oak

Winery


2021 Sauvignon Blanc

Barrel Oak

Winery


2021 Vidal Blanc

Bluemont
Vineyard


2021 Albariño

(silver)

Bluestone

Vineyard


2017 Blue Ice

Bluestone

Vineyard


2017 Petit Verdot

Bluestone

Vineyard


2019 The Steep Face

Brix & Columns

Vineyards


2021 Petit Manseng

Cana Vineyards & Winery

of Middleburg


2021 Petit Manseng

Castle Hill

Cider


2020 Orchard Select

Castle Hill

Cider


2021 Serendipity

Chestnut Oak Vineyard


2019 Petit Verdot

and

2019 Nebbiolo

CrossKeys
Vineyards


2020 Blanc de Noir

CrossKeys

Vineyards


2019 Ali d’Oro

Early Mountain
Vineyards


2020 Eluvium

Early Mountain

Vineyards


2020 Quaker Run Cabernet Franc

Early Mountain

Vineyards


2021 Madison County Cabernet Franc

Early Mountain

Vineyards


2021 Shenandoah Valley Cabernet Franc

Eastwood

Farm & Winery


Petit Manseng

Eastwood

Farm & Winery


2021 Chardonnay

Horton
Vineyards


2017 Stonecastle Red

(bronze)

Keswick
Vineyards


2021 Cabernet Franc

and

2021 Trevillian Red

Muse

Vineyards


2019 Clio

Muse

Vineyards


2019 Nebbiolo

Pippin Hill

Farm & Vineyards


2017 Wild Acre Reserve

Pippin Hill

Farm & Vineyards


2019 Petit Verdot

Pippin Hill

Farm & Vineyards


2021 Cabernet Franc

Pippin Hill

Farm & Vineyards


2021 Chardonnay

Pippin Hill

Farm & Vineyards


2021 Petit Manseng

Pippin Hill

Farm & Vineyards


2021 Sauvignon Blanc

Veritas

Vineyards & Winery


Scintilla

Veritas

Vineyards & Winery


2019 Petit Verdot

Veritas

Vineyards & Winery


2019 Veritas Reserve

Williamsburg

Winery


2019 Petit Verdot Reserve

Live. love. buy local

The Wine & Country Gold Book is honored to have the support of the finest locally-owned home retailers in Virginia Wine Country. Here you can find experts in elegance and quality to help you create your Virginia dream home and garden. Discover luxury greenhouse designs from England, home decor boutiques and talented home designers. Find fabulous architects, land managers, real estate companies, financial managers and more. We can even connect you with custom builders who can build a home for you and a stable for your horses. Live the Wine & Country life by supporting our local Virginia partners and their luxury goods and services for your home.

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The Omni Homestead Resort

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Live. love. buy local

Virginia Wine Country is home to several exclusive resorts, Michelin-starred restaurants, charming bed and breakfasts, National Parks, museums and luxurious country inns worthy of a special visit. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic Shore, visitors to Virginia Wine Country have the opportunity to stay in a variety of locations to complete their Virginia experience. Whether you’re searching for a relaxing vacation in a charming small town, a romantic getaway to a cottage at a vineyard, or a fun group holiday complete with wine tours and lots of restaurants, Virginia has the perfect lodging and dining options for you. Plan your visit to Virginia wineries and discover the best places to stay while exploring Virginia’s wineries, museums, dining, experiences, natural beauty, equestrian events, hip downtowns and rich culture. Let our Wine & Country Gold Book guide you on your way with its wine journal for your tasting notes, Virginia maps, luxury places to stay, fine dining and so much more. 

events & wine festivals

Explore Winery Events

Rich in history and culinary traditions, Virginians are creating exclusive festivals celebrating wine, craft beer, spirits, music, art, farm-to-table food, literature, equestrian life and more. Discover the best Virginia wineries, theaters, restaurants and more. Wine festivals, harvest feasts, music at wineries, wine tastings and more are all curated by our Wine & Country editors to ensure you the best possible visit to Virginia Wine Country, Experience the best of wine country with our events and festivals calendar. 

EXPLORE EVENTS

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