Taste the Best of Virginia on the Gold Medal Wine Trail

By: TLP's Partners

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Virginia Wine Country with the 2024 Gold Medal Wine Trail. Highlighting the results of the 2024 Virginia Governor’s Cup, the free mobile passport offers Virginia Wine lovers exclusive access to the best of Virginia.  


Signing up also unlocks exclusive prizes, one-of-a-kind offers and seasonal raffles along the way. Select wineries are offering their own deals, too. From free tastings of gold medal-winning wines to discounts on bottle purchases, the trail opens the door to exclusive Virginia Wine experiences.  

Passholders who check in at participating locations will receive 100 points with each check-in to put towards Virginia Wine prizes. Cashing in offers and discounts will unlock extra points, and trail users can visit their favorite wineries monthly for even more points. Prizes up for grabs include Virginia Wine art prints, sweatshirts, blankets, aprons and seasonal giveaways.  

About the Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition  

After tasting over 750 entries, world-class judges, led by competition director Frank Morgan, awarded 138 gold medals to 79 wineries, cideries and meaderies across the Commonwealth. This year’s gold medalists serve as a testament to the remarkable diversity and range of wines emerging from Virginia’s terroir. 

The competition has a long-standing legacy of recognizing Virginia’s top wines, becoming a cornerstone of the state’s winemaking achievements. Each year, the results not only highlight outstanding wines but also narrate the evolving story of Virginia’s viticultural efforts and emerging wine trends. Every wine entered must be crafted from 100% Virginia-grown fruit, emphasizing a commitment to authenticity and the highest quality standards. 

A women using the app for the Gold Medal Wine Trail.

Gold medals were awarded across seven regions, spanning seven vintages and twenty-six grape varieties, all grown in Virginia. Red blends emerged as frontrunners with an impressive tally of 31 gold medals, closely followed by Petit Verdot with 17 golds. Chardonnay stole the spotlight among white wines, securing 14 medals, while Albariño pleasantly surprised with 6 medals. Virginia’s cider industry also made a proud showing, securing eight gold medals. 

Leading the pack regionally was Central Virginia with a total of 66 gold medals. This year’s impressive medal count coincides with the area’s recognition in Wine Enthusiast’s 24th Annual Wine Star Awards. Charlottesville, Virginia and the Monticello AVA were named Wine Region of the Year, achieving global recognition in the world of winemaking. The award highlights the remarkable achievements in the Virginia Wine industry and honors exceptional quality, innovation, and commitment to producing world-class wines.  

Check out the full list of gold medalists here, or venture to taste the winners with the Gold Medal Wine Trail. Using the trail offers the chance to visit seven of Virginia’s winemaking regions, spanning from picturesque Shenandoah to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, and everything in between.  

Whether you’re a seasoned wine enthusiast or a curious newcomer, there’s something for everyone on the mobile pass. Follow along to discover the wines and ciders that embody the grace, grit and experimental spirit of Virginia! 

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