Twenty-two wineries from the Monticello Wine Trail (MWT) competed in the 2018 Monticello Cup Wine Competition, a friendly competition among wineries in the Monticello American Viticultural Area (AVA). This year’s competition was coordinated by the Virginia Wine & Spirits Academy, and all entered wines contained a minimum of 85% fruit from the Monticello AVA and were produced by a member of the MWT.

 This year 13 gold medals were awarded out of 58 entries.  From these, the Top 3 White, Top 3 Red and overall Monticello Cup Winner, for the highest-ranking wine, will be announced live at the Monticello Cup Awards (MCA) on Monday, May 7, 6pm at the Jefferson Theater.

The MCA will also serve as the official start to the 2018 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival. Tickets for the award ceremony are available to the public at

Gold Medals – 2018 Monticello Cup Competition
Medal       Winery               Vintage          Wine
GOLD Afton Mountain Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay Estate Reserve
GOLD Barboursville Vineyards 2015 Octagon
GOLD Flying Fox Vineyard 2014 Petit Verdot
GOLD Jefferson Vineyards 2014 Estate Reserve (Petit Verdot)
GOLD Keswick Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve
GOLD King Family Vineyards 2015 Meritage
GOLD Michael Shaps Wineworks 2017 Rosie Rosé
GOLD Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
GOLD Pollak Vineyards 2017 Viognier
GOLD Pollak Vineyards 2014 Meritage
GOLD Trump Winery 2012 Blanc de Blanc
GOLD Trump Winery 2015 New World Reserve
GOLD Veritas Vineyard & Winery 2015 Petit Verdot “Paul Shaffer’s 7th Edition”