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.

In 2017, the competition was held at the Capital Wine School in Washington, DC where ten top wine industry professionals completed the judging.

2017 judges - 2017 results - 2017 Press release


2017 Monticello Cup Awards - April 13, 6pm
The Jefferson Theater

The public is invited to the Monticello Cup Awards, the annual ceremony for the competition.  All gold and silver medal wines are tasted, and the Top 3 White, Top 3 Red, and the Monticello Cup Winner, for highest ranking wine, are announced live. Tickets are available for purchase here.

photo by Jack Looney

photo by Jack Looney

2017 Featured Wines

Cardinal Point            2014 Union
First Colony               2015 Viognier
Jefferson Vineyards     2015 Estate Reserve
Jefferson Vineyards     2014 Meritage
Keswick Vineyards     2014 Petit Verdot
Michael Shaps           2015 Petit Manseng
Michael Shaps           2014 Cabernet Franc
Michael Shaps           2014 Meritage
Pippin Hill Farm       2015 Chardonnay
Pollak Vineyards       2014 Petit Verdot
Pollak Vineyards       2014 Cabernet Franc
Stinson Vineyards     2014 Petit Manseng
Trump Winery         2014 New World Res.
Veritas Vineyard       2015 Viognier

Afton Mountain      2016 Albarino
Afton Mountain      2013 Petit Verdot
Barboursville           2014 Octagon
Barboursville           2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve
Barboursville           2014 Petit Verdot Reserve
Cardinal Point         2015 A6
Chestnut Oak          2014 Petit Manseng
Chestnut Oak          2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
First Colony            2015 Chardonnay Es. Reserve
First Colony            2016 Rosé
Flying Fox               2014 Merlot
Flying Fox               2014 Petit Verdot
Flying Fox               2014 Trio
Grace Estate            2013 Odo
Keswick                  2015 Viognier
Keswick                  2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
King Family            2015 Viognier
King Family            2012 Meritage
King Family            2014 Petit Verdot
Pippin Hill Farm     2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Pippin Hill Farm     2014 Petit Verdot
Pollak Vineyards      2014 Meritage
Stinson Vineyards    2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Stinson Vineyards    2013 Tannat
Trump Winery         2010 Blanc de Blanc
Trump Winery         2009 Reserve
Veritas Winery         2014 VR
Veritas Winery         2014 Petit Verdot


photo by Tom McGovern

photo by Tom McGovern

2017 Pairing Menu

Cheese & Charcuterie
Brie en croute, a selection of hard and soft cheeses, nuts, and dried and fresh fruits

White Wine Pairings
Mini fried chicken and waffles with honey
Smoked trout tarts with orange and fennel slaw
Spinach and spring pea empanadas

Red Wine Pairings
North African meatballs in a saffron tomato sauce with couscous
Duck Confit wrapped in a cherry and mole fruit leather
Ropa vieja in plantain pastry cups
Smoked ratatouille with creamy polenta

Dessert Pairings
Lemon baklava
Cinnamon and spice brownies
Date and apple bars