We would like to congratulate our winemaker, Justin Rose, on being named the 2020 Virginia Wine Person of the Year! Justin received this recognition from his fellow peers who nominated and ultimately voted for him during the 2020 Virginia Governor’s Cup celebration held in Richmond on Tuesday, February 25th.
After receiving a “Past President” award for his time spent leading the Virginia Wineries Association (VWA) from 2015 – 2019, he was then surprised to be named “Wine Person of the Year,” by the current president of the Virginia Winery Association, George Hodson of Veritas Vineyards. This award is given annually by the VWA to a person (or persons) deserving recognition for service to the wine industry over the preceding year.
While serving as President of the VWA, Justin also participated on eight separate VWA committees, spearheaded the campaign to increase the association’s annual meeting to include a second day focused exclusively on technical winemaking, and also served as a member of the Legislative Collective which works on all Virginia Wine associated legislation.
We were also honored to pour our 2017 Cabernet Franc during the celebration, as a result of it receiving a Gold Medal in the 2020 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition. Made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes grown on our estate, the wine was aged in barrels for 20 months prior to bottling.
We would like to give a heartfelt congratulations to Justin for all of his hard work! Not only here at the Winery, but also for his hard work for our entire industry!
For a full listing of all the 2020 Virginia Governor’s Cup medal winners, as well as the Governor’s Case and Cup winners, please visit: