Last Thursday’s Governor’s Cup Wine Gala put Virginia wines front and center, but one wine stood above the rest: Williamsburg Winery’s 2010 Adagio.
96 wineries submitted 410 wines and 45 judges played taste-maker to the annual event. About 300 people gathered at the John Marshall Ballroom in downtown Richmond to celebrate and taste Virginia wines. Winners must produce the wine here in Virginia and use only 100% Virginia grown grapes to be eligible for the contest.
Gov. Terry McAullife was in attendance and ready to present the winning wine with the coveted cup. “As Governor, I’m all in! I’m not a producer, but I am a consumer,” joked McAullife. “If the McAullife family has to do it alone, we will do our part!”
The Governor went on to stress the importance of wine to the Commonwealth, with the industry growing about 200% since 2010, and the total economic impact at about $750 million annually.
“The number and quality of entries in this year’s competition speaks to the growth, strength and diversity of VA’s wine industry. Our world class wines are deserving of a world class competition,” said McAullife before opening the envelope and awarding the Governor’s Cup.
After many past winners and honorees were called to the stage, McAullife, along with Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore, announced Williamsburg Winery‘s 2010 Adagio the Governor’s Cup winner.
“It is very satisfying and very humbling to be with my peers and the others who have won the Governor’s Cup. The 2010 Adagio was unbelievable, exceeding all expectations for quality, and it was nice for Adagio to get that recognition,” said Matthew Meyer, vice president and winemaker of The Williamsburg Winery in a statement released after the event. “Adagio, from the Italian ad agio, or ‘at ease’, is a musical term indicating the tempo of a composition that is meant to be slow and stately, so named in honor of the extraordinary depth, elegance and grace of this wine.”