During Virginia Wine Month, the 22nd Annual Town Point Virginia Wine Competition was held Oct. 11 at  the Town Point Club in downtown Norfolk .

Though this competition is not connected with the Town Point Wine Festival, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 20, many of the wineries that won awards in the Town Point competition will be pouring their wines at the festival.

This year we had 28 wineries enter in 13 different varietal categories. The competition was judged by 13 well-qualified judges that included individuals representing local restaurants and wine shops plus wine writers, and wine consultants.

The wines were judged using the Davis 20 point system, and each judge tasted every wine. In the end each judge would have tasted around 107 different wines, which is quite an achievement.
Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded in most categories.

White wines were tasted in the morning, and red wines in the afternoon. The final Best of Show was determined by comparing the scores of the best of show in whites verses the best of show in reds.
The objective of this competition is to draw attention to the breadth and success of the Virginia wine industry and to promote the ever increasing appeal and quality of Virginia wines. The quality and range of Virginia wines has increased dramatically over the past 10 years.

Today we have more than 250 Virginia wineries throughout the state. Virginia wines are now being recognized for their consistency and quality the world over. We feel that this competition and festivals such as the one at Town Point will give our local wine lovers the chance to taste the exciting products from the talented Virginia winemakers and the great Virginia terroir. I honestly think Thomas Jefferson would be truly proud of our achievements.

A list of this year’s winners is listed below. If you plan to attend the Town Point Wine Festival, stop by some of these wineries and see for yourself how far we have come.

2013 Town Point Virginia Wine Competition

Best of Show — First Colony 2011 Chardonnay Reserve

Chardonnay — Gold, First Colony 2011 Chardonnay Reserve; Silver, Fox Meadow 2012 Chardonnay; Bronze, Rockbridge 2011 DeChiel Chardonnay and New Kent 2011 Chardonnay

Viognier — Gold, Annefield 2012 Viognier; Silver, Horton 2012 Viognier; Bronze, 2012 Democracy Unum

Vinifera White — Gold, Saude Creek Pamunkey Fall NV, Silver, Casanel Vineyards, 2011 Don Lorenzo White; Bronze, Fox Meadow 2012 Riesling

Hybrid white — Gold, First Colony Zephyr NV; Silver, James River Cellars    2012 Vidal Blanc; Bronze, Saude Creek Vidal Blanc NV

Dessert — Gold, Rockbridge, 2011 V'Dor; Silver, Barboursville, 2008 Malvaxia Passito; Bronze, The Winery at Bull Run NV

Hybrid Red — Silver, 2012 Democracy Suffrage; Bronze, The Homeplace 2011 Chambourcin
Vinifera Red — Silver, Annefield 2011 Red; Bronze, Twin Oaks 2011 Red

Merlot — Gold, Barboursville 2010 Merlot- Reserve; Silver, Ingleside 2007 Merlot Reserve; Bronze, 2001 Rosemont of Virginia

Cabernet Franc — Gold, Williamsburg 2009 Trianon; Silver, Rosemont of Virginia 2010 Cabernet Franc; Bronze, Cardinal Point 2008 Clay Hill Cabernet Franc

Petit Verdot — Gold, Ingleside 2009 Petit Verdot; Silver, Willowcroft 2012 Petit Verdot; Bronze, James River Cellars 2010 Petit Verdot   

Cabernet Sauvignon — Gold, Ingleside 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon-Reserve; Silver, Barboursville 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon-Reserve; Bronze, Chatham    Cabernet Sauvignon NV

Meritage — Gold, Fox Meadow 2010 Le Renard Rouge; Silver, Cooper 2011 Cooperage; Bronze, Democracy 2012 Velvet Revolution   

Norton — Gold, Cooper    2011 Norton; Silver, Horton 2010 Norton; Bronze, The Winery at Bull Run 2011 Norton