2017 Virginia Wine Lover Best Of Awards Contest

Which winery makes the most enjoyable viognier in the commonwealth? Where can we go for a top-notch sparkling wine? What’s the best wine event to attend? Which winery is ideal for weddings? Who’s got the cutest wine dog?

These are just a few of the questions we asked in our most recent Best Of Readers’ Choice Poll. And as wineries become closer to the forefront of tourism in Virginia, the answers to these questions become more important than ever. Wine lovers (from Virginia and out of state alike) not only need to know which wineries to put at the top of their must-visit list but also how to get around and where to stay once they arrive.


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Best Bed & Breakfast for a Wine Weekend

Travel
1. Prince Michel Vineyard 
& Winery
2. Tie
Veritas Vineyard & Winery
Trump Winery

3.
4. Tie
Glass House Winery
Inn on Poplar Hill


Best Cheese Shop

Restaurants + Retail
1. Wegmans
2. The Cheese Shop, Williamsburg
3. Cheesetique, Arlington
4. Tie
Feast!, Charlottesville
Thyme Market, Culpeper


Best Cidery - Northern Region

Northern Region
1. Cobbler Mountain Cellars
2. Winchester Cider Works
3. Corcoran Vineyards and Cidery

Best Cidery - Shenandoah Region

Shenandoah Region
1. Old Hill Hard Cider
2.
3.

Best Cidery - Western Region

Western Region
1. Foggy Ridge Cidery
2.
3.

Best Eco-Friendly/Green Winery

Wineries
1. Cooper Vineyards
2. The Winery at Bull Run
3. Pearmund Cellars
4. Tie
North Gate Vineyard
Barrel Oak Winery
Little Washington Winery

Best Gourmet Shop for Virginia Wine

Restaurants + Retail
1. Wegmans
2. Tie
Once Upon A Vine, Richmond
Wine Loves Chocolate, Little Washington

3.
4. Tie
Greenwood Gourmet 
Grocery, Crozet
The Cheese Shop, Williamsburg


Best Statewide Craft Brewery

Travel
1. Devils Backbone Brewing Company
2. Blue Mountain Brewery
3. Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
4. Tie
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Port City Brewing Co.


Best Statewide Distillery

Travel
1. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company
2. A. Smith Bowman 
Distillery
3. Copper Fox Distillery
4. Tie
Silverback Distillery
Silver Fox Great Dismal Distillery
Old House

Best Statewide Seasonal Craft Beer

Travel
1. Blue Mountain Brewery
Dark Hollow
2. AleWerks Brewing Company
Pumpkin Ale
3. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Gingerbread Stout

Best Virginia Restaurant Wine List

Restaurants + Retail
1. Inn at Little Washington
2. Magnolias at the Mill, Purcellville
3. L’Auberge Chez Francois, 
Great Falls
4. Tie
The Wine Kitchen, 
Leesburg
Tuscarora Mill, Leesburg


Best Virginia Wine

Wine (Overall)
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Ingleside Vineyards
3. Winery at Bull Run

Best Weekend Wine-Themed Getaway Spot

Travel
1. Charlottesville
2. Middleburg
3. Leesburg
4. Tie
Purcellville
Northern Neck of Virginia
Washington

Best Wine Accessory Shop

Restaurants + Retail
1. Total Wine and More
2. Wine Loves Chocolate, 
Little Washington
3. Wegmans

Best Wine Festival

Travel
1. Vintage Virginia Wine Festival
2. Taste of Monticello
3. Montpelier Wine Festival, Orange
4. Tie
Shenandoah Valley Wine 
& Jazz Festival, Staunton
Virginia Wine Expo, Richmond
Mount Vernon Wine Festival 
& Sunset Tours

Best Winemaker

Wineries
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Ingleside Vineyards
3. First Colony Winery
4. Tie
The Winery at Bull Run
Potomac Point Winery


Best Winery - Central Region

Central Region
1. Barboursville Vineyards
2. Keswick Vineyards
3. First Colony Winery
4. Tie
Veritas Vineyard & Winery
Prince Michel Vineyard 
& Winery


Best Winery - Eastern Region

Eastern Region
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2. The Williamsburg 
Winery
3. Saudé Creek 
Vineyards
4. Tie
New Kent Winery
Gauthier Vineyard
Chatham Vineyards

Best Winery for Dessert Wine - Central Region

Central Region
1. Cooper Vineyards
2. Tie
Keswick Vineyards
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery

3. First Colony Winery
4. Tie
Horton Vineyards
Wintergreen Winery


Best Winery for Dessert Wine - Eastern Region

Eastern Region
1. The Williamsburg Winery
2. Ingleside Vineyards
3. New Kent Winery
4. Tie
Gauthier Vineyard
The Hague Winery


Best Winery for Dessert Wine - Northern Region

Northern Region
1. Fabbioli Cellars
2. Barrel Oak Winery
3. The Winery at Bull Run
4. Tie
Doukenie Winery
Sunset Hills Vineyard


Best Winery for Dessert Wine - Shenandoah Region

Shenandoah Region
1. Cave Ridge Vineyard
2. CrossKeys Vineyards
3. Tie
Barren Ridge Vineyards
Rockbridge Vineyard

4. Tie
Veramar Vineyard
Shenandoah Vineyards
Virginia Mountain Vineyards

Best Winery for Dessert Wine - Southern Region

Southern Region
1. Rosemont of Virginia
2. Three Sisters of 
Shiney Rock Winery
3. Hunting Creek Vineyards

Best Winery for Dessert Wine - Western Region

Western Region
1. Stanburn Winery
2. MountainRose Vineyard
3. Chateau Morrisette Winery 
and Restaurant

Best Winery for Fruit Wine - Central Region

Central Region
1. Horton Vineyards
2. Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
3. Peaks of Otter Winery
4. Tie
Lazy Days Winery
Byrd Cellars


Best Winery for Fruit Wine - Eastern Region

Eastern Region
1. Saudé Creek Vineyards
2. The Williamsburg 
Winery
3.

Best Winery for Fruit Wine - Northern Region

Northern Region
1. Fabbioli Cellars
2. The Winery at Bull Run
3. Bluemont Vineyard
4. Tie
Doukenie Winery
North Gate Vineyard


Best Winery for Fruit Wine - Shenandoah Region

Shenandoah Region
1. North Mountain 
Vineyard & Winery
2. CrossKeys Vineyards
3. Virginia Mountain Vineyards

Best Winery for Fruit Wine - Southern Region

Southern Region
1. Bright Meadows Farm Vineyard & Winery
2. Tie
Three Sisters of 
Shiney Rock Winery
American Way Country Wines

3.

Best Winery for Fruit Wine - Western Region

Western Region
1. Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant
2. Coltsfoot Winery
3. Whitebarrel Winery

Best Winery for Red Wine - Central Region

Central Region
1. Barboursville Vineyards
2. Keswick Vineyards
3. Jefferson Vineyards
4. Tie
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
First Colony Winery
Cooper Vineyard

Best Winery for Red Wine - Eastern Region

Eastern Region
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2. The Williamsburg 
Winery
3. Saudé Creek 
Vineyards
4. Tie
New Kent Winery
Gauthier Vineyard


Best Winery for Red Wine - Northern Region

Northern Region
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Rappahannock Cellars
3. Fox Meadow Winery

Best Winery for Red Wine - Shenandoah Region

Shenandoah Region
1. CrossKeys Vineyards
2. Tie
Glen Manor Vineyards
Barren Ridge Vineyards

3. Tie
Cave Ridge Vineyard
Virginia Mountain Vineyards

4. Tie
Bluestone Vineyard
Valerie Hill Vineyard & Winery
Blue Ridge Vineyard

Best Winery for Red Wine - Southern Region

Southern Region
1. Rosemont of Virginia
2. Annefield Vineyards
3. Tie
Hunting Creek Vineyards
Tomahawk Mill Vineyard 
& Winery

Best Winery for Red Wine - Western Region

Western Region
1. Stanburn Winery
2. MountainRose Vineyard
3. Tie
Villa Appalachia Winery
Chateau Morrisette Winery 
and Restaurant

Best Winery for Sparkling Wine - Central Region

Central Region
1. Trump Winery
2. Barboursville Vineyards
3. Veritas Vineyard & Winery
4. Tie
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
Thibaut-Janisson Winery


Best Winery for Sparkling Wine - Eastern Region

Eastern Region
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2.
3.

Best Winery for Sparkling Wine - Northern Region

Northern Region
1. The Winery at Bull Run
2. Sunset Hills Vineyard
3. Paradise Springs Winery
4. Tie
The Winery at La Grange
Greenhill Winery & Vineyards


Best Winery for Sparkling Wine - Shenandoah Region

Shenandoah Region
1. Cave Ridge Vineyard
2. Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery
3. CrossKeys Vineyards

Best Winery for Sparkling Wine - Southern Region

Southern Region
1. Tomahawk Mill 
Vineyard & Winery
2.
3.

Best Winery for Sparkling Wine - Western Region

Western Region
1. Villa Appalaccia Winery
2. Chateau Morrisette Winery 
and Restaurant
3.

Best Winery for White Wine - Central Region

Central Region
1. First Colony Winery
2. Tie
Jefferson Vineyards
Prince Michel Vineyard 
& Winery

3. Horton Vineyards

Best Winery for White Wine - Eastern Region

Eastern Region
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2. Tie
Saudé Creek Vineyards
The Williamsburg Winery

3. Gauthier Vineyard

Best Winery for White Wine - Northern Region

Northern Region
1. Tie
Rappahannock Cellars
Barrel Oak Winery

2. Tie

The Winery at Bull Run

3. Fox Meadow Vineyards

Best Winery for White Wine - Shenandoah Region

Shenandoah Region
1. CrossKeys Vineyards
2. Barren Ridge Vineyards
3. Virginia Mountain Vineyards

Best Winery for White Wine - Southern Region

Southern Region
1. Rosemont of Virginia
2. Annefield Vineyards
3. Three Sisters of 
Shiney Rock Winery

Best Winery for White Wine - Western Region

Western Region
1. Stanburn Winery
2. MountainRose Vineyard
3. Abingdon Vineyard & Winery
4. Tie
Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant
Whitebarrel Winery


Best Winery - Northern Region

Northern Region
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Rappahannock Cellars
3. Barrel Oak Winery
4. Tie
The Winery at Bull Run
Little Washington Winery


Best Winery - Shenandoah Region

Shenandoah Region
1. Barren Ridge Vineyards
2. Tie
CrossKeys Vineyards
Kindred Pointe Winery

3.

Best Winery - Southern Region

Southern Region
1. Rosemont of Virginia
2. Tie
Annefield Vineyards
Three Sisters of 
Shiney Rock Winery

3.

Best Winery Statewide Bottle Artwork

Wineries
1. The Winery 
at Bull Run
2. Little Washington Winery
3. Pearmund Cellars
4. Tie
Blenheim Vineyards
Ingleside Vineyards


Best Winery Statewide for Chardonnay

Wine (Overall)
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Doukenie Winery
3. First Colony Winery

Best Winery Statewide for Dessert Wine

Wine (Overall)
1. First Colony Winery’s Thatch
2. The Winery at Bull Run
3. Ingleside Vineyards

Best Winery Statewide for Food Offerings

Wineries, Restaurants + Retail
1. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
2. Potomac Point Winery
3. The Williamsburg Winery
4. Tie
Early Mountain Vineyard
Little Washington Winery


Best Winery Statewide for Fruit Wine

Wine (Overall)
1. The Winery at Bull Run
2. Horton Vineyards
3. Fabbioli Cellars
4. Tie
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
Saudé Creek Vineyards


Best Winery Statewide for Meritage Wine

Wine (Overall)
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. First Colony Winery
3. Tie
The Winery at Bull Run
Ingleside Vineyards

Best Winery Statewide for Norton Wine

Wine (Overall)
1. The Winery at Bull Run
2. Horton Vineyards
3. Keswick Vineyards
4. Tie
Barrel Oak Winery
New Kent Winery
Rosemont of Virginia

Best Winery Statewide for Picnics

Wineries
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2. Barrel Oak Winery
3. Pearmund Cellars
4. Tie
The Winery at Bull Run
Keswick Vineyards


Best Winery Statewide for Red Wine

Red Wine
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2. Little Washington Winery
3. Pearmund Cellars
4. Tie
The Winery at Bull Run
Keswick Vineyards
Doukenie Winery

Best Winery Statewide for Sparkling Wine

Wineries
1. Trump Winery
2. Pearmund Cellars
3. The Winery at Bull Run
4. Tie
Ingleside Vineyards
Veritas Vineyard & Winery


Best Winery Statewide for Special Events

Wineries
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2. Little Washington Winery
3. The Winery at Bull Run
4. Tie
First Colony Winery
Keswick Vineyards


Best Winery Statewide for Tours

Wineries
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Ingleside Vineyards
3. The Winery at Bull Run
4. Tie
Little Washington Winery
The Williamsburg Winery


Best Winery Statewide for Viognier

Wineries
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Ingleside Vineyards
3. Keswick Vineyards
4. Tie
The Winery at Bull Run
Little Washington Winery


Best Winery Statewide for Weddings

Wineries
1. Keswick Vineyards
2. Potomac Point Winery
3. The Winery at Bull Run
4. Tie
Ingleside Vineyards
First Colony Winery
Veritas Vineyard 
& Winery

Best Winery Statewide for White Wine

White Wine
1. The Winery at Bull Run
2. Ingleside Vineyards
3. Little Washington Winery

Best Winery Statewide Tasting Room

Wineries
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2. Pearmund Cellars
3. First Colony Winery
4. Tie
The Winery at Bull Run
Doukenie Winery
Potomac Point Winery

Best Winery Statewide Wine Dog

Wineries
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Barrel Oak Winery
3. Stone Mountain Vineyards
4. Tie
Ingleside Vineyards
Little Washington Winery


Best Winery View/Outdoor Space

Wineries
1. Bluemont Vineyard
2. Stone Mountain
3. Keswick Vineyards
4. Tie
The Winery at Bull Run
Little Washington Winery


Best Winery - Western Region

Western Region
1. Chateau Morrisette Winery 
and Restaurant
2. Stanburn Winery
3. MountainRose Vineyard
4. Tie
Villa Appalachia Winery
Whitebarrel Winery


Best Wine Tour/Limo Company

Travel
1. Reston Limo
2. Point to Point Limousines
3. James River Transportation
4. Tie
Arcady Vineyards Bed and Breakfast
Camryn Limousine


Most Romantic Winery

Wineries
1. Potomac Point Winery
2. Pearmund Cellars
3. Ingleside Vineyards
4. Tie
Keswick Vineyards
First Colony Winery
The Winery at Bull Run
Little Washington Winery