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New Kent Winery’s 2009 Reserve Chardonnay wins 2011 Governor’s Cup award

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New Kent Winery’s 2009 Reserve Chardonnay stood out from 162 Virginia wines to win the 2011 Virginia Governor’s Cup for White Wines. 
New Kent Winery owner Pete Johns accepted the award last night during a reception at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.  Johns’ winery is part of a large master planned community, New Kent Vineyards, in New Kent County. 
The 2011 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition for white wines is sponsored by the Virginia Wineries Association (VWA).  The competition took place Aug. 27 at Lansdowne Resort.  Of the 162 wines entered from 52 wineries, representing all of the appellations in the commonwealth, there were seven gold medalists, 42 silver medalists and 54 bronze medalists. 
The Governor’s Cup was selected from the seven Gold medalists:  New Kent Winery Reserve Chardonnay 2009, Bluestone Vineyard BLUE ICE 2010, Prince Michel Vineyard Mt. Juliet Petite Manseng 2008, Willowcroft Farm Vineyards Claire 2010, Barren Ridge Vineyards Harmony 2009, James River Cellars Semi-Dry 2010, and North Gate Vineyard 2010 Viognier.

The rapid growth of Virginia’s wine industry has made it one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in the state.  In 1979, there were six wineries in Virginia. Today, there are nearly 200. The industry has produced 2,750 jobs and has an economic impact of $347 million in Virginia. 


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