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Virginia grower, winery groups hand out awards.

The Virginia Wineries Association announced the winners of the Governor's Cup Virginia Wine Competition as well as the state's Wine Person of the Year award and Lifetime Achievement Award. The Virginia Vineyards Association presented its "Grower of the Year" award, and also named a Lifetime Achievement Award winner which is only conferred every five years. The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award was Christopher Hill, a grower and consultant, who during the past 35 years has had a major impact on the Virginia wine Industry. This year's Grower of the Year award was presented to Bill Tonkins, vineyard manager at Veritas Vineyard and Winery in Afton, Va. The winery association's Governor's Cup contest awarded 99 gold medals in the contest that was held over a four-week period during late January and early February. The gold medalists from this year's Governor's Cup were selected from 442 entries of both red and white wines, from 100 different Virginia wineries. Frank Britt who was the original publisher of the online magazine and email newsletter Official Virginia Wine Lover and who died in May 2017 was posthumously named the Virginia Wine Person of the Year. Lucie Morton, an author, viticulturist, ampelographer and vineyard consultant, won the Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Publication:Wines & Vines
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Date:Apr 1, 2018
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