Richmond, February 21: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced at the John Marshall Ballroom that from a field of some two dozen gold medal winners in the 2017 Governor’s Cup Competition, that the Cup winner is newcomer The Barns at Hamilton Station for their 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.


The Barns at Hamilton Station is owned and operated by the Fialdini family, housed on a refurbished dairy farm.  The winery is located just off of Route 7 in the quaint, historic town of Hamilton, Virginia only ten minutes from Leesburg in Loudoun County.  Winemaker is industry veteran Michael Shaps. The website explains that Shaps “creates wines inspired in the Bordeaux French style, but are uniquely expressive of Virginia.” Eleven acres surround a beautifully restored hundred and six-year-old stone and wood bank barn, which has been transformed into a unique tasting room.

The website describes the Cup-winning wine as a “well-balanced, full-bodied wine-aged in French & American oak has lots of dark cherry and toffee notes. This Cab Sauv is complemented with medium tannins, clove, tobacco.”