Monticello Cup Wine Competition

Each year the Monticello Wine Trail holds a friendly competition among members to celebrate the best wines of the Monticello AVA. To be entered a wine must contain at least 85% fruit from the Monticello AVA and be produced by a member of the Monticello Wine Trail. Also each year the public is encouraged to join us as we taste the winning wines, and announce and celebrate the competition results!

The 2018 competition was coordinated by The Virginia Wine & Spirits Academy, a Wine & Spirits Education Trust approved program provider based in the beautiful and historic Monticello AVA. Their mission is to provide premier education and experiences in the world of wine and spirits to the community of wine enthusiasts and professionals.

Judges for this year included:

Dave Collins (Big Cork Vineyards – Rohrersville, MD), Bill Curtis (Tastings – Charlottesville, VA), Vincent Derquenne (Bizou – Charlottesville, VA), Booth Hardy (Barrel Thief Wine Shop – Richmond, VA), Robert Harllee (Market Street Wineshop – Charlottesville, VA), Jess Helfand (Wine Educator at the Napa Valley Wine Academy – Nashville, TN), Richard Leahy (Author of “Behind Jefferson’s Vines – Charlottesville, VA), Lindsey Parris (Wine Educator – Washington DC), Rob Renteria (Sommelier – La Folie, San Francisco, CA), and Erin Scala (In Vino Veritas – Charlottesville, VA).

Judges - Results - press release


The 2018 Monticello Cup Awards were held on May 7, 6pm at The Jefferson Theater


Monticello Cup (overall highest scoring wine):

Veritas Vineyard & Winery - Petit Verdot "Paul Shaffer's 7th Edition" 2015


Top 3 White: Afton Mountain Vineyards - Chardonnay Estate Reserve 2016

Michael Shaps Wineworks -Rosie Rosé 2017

Trump Winery - Blanc de Blanc 2012

Top 3 Red: Flying Fox Vineyard - Petit Verdot 2014

Keswick Vineyards - Cabernet Franc Reserve 2016

Veritas Vineyard & Winery - Petit Verdot "Paul Shaffer's 7th Edition" 2015 


2018 Gold Medal Wines

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