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Thursday, February 23, 2023

Delfosse Screaming Hawk Soars to Top in Governor’s Cup Competition

Winemaker Andrew Bilenkij takes home Governor's Cup with first vintage-to-bottle wine at Delfosse  

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Richmond, VA 

For the second year in a row, a Meritage blend claimed Top Dog honors in the Virginia Governor’s Cup competition, and once again, Petit Verdot is the dominant grape. The 2021 Screaming Hawk Meritage from Delfosse Vineyards and Winery is a blend of Petit Verdot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Malbec (10%). The grapes are estate-grown.

Located in Nelson County, about 30 miles outside Charlottesville in the Monticello AVA, Delfosse was established by the late Andrew Delfosse in 2002. 
Founder Claude Delfosse at a winery brunch in 2012

High school sweethearts Mike and Adrienne Albers realized a dream when they purchased the 330-acre property in 2016. This year, after bringing on Andrew Bilenkij as winemaker, they realized another goal when Governor Glenn Youngkin announced Delfosse won the 2023 Governor’s Cup.
Governor Glenn Youngkin presents the 2023 Governor's Cup to Delfosse’s owners Mike and Adrienne Albers and winemaker Andrew  Bilenkij

“Since coming to Delfosse in 2019, this is one of my first vintages to see from vineyard to bottle,” Bilenkij noted. His Screaming Hawk Meritage bested 614 entries from 115 Virginia wineries, to claim best-in-state honors. 

Albemarle CiderWorks claimed repeat honors for best-in-show cider in Virginia, this year for its 2021 Orchard Blush. 
York congratulates David Timmerman, Assistant Cidermaker at Albemarle CiderWorks 

In all 142 wines, ciders and meads won gold in the competition and were showcased at the Celebration, with special recognition given to the top 12 (including the Delfosse Screaming Hawk), which will comprise this year's Governor's Cup Case. Read about them here.  

Virginia Wine Dog Pomeroy visits Delfosse in 2012. The winery remains pet friendly. Look for a rebranding as Mountain and Vine Vineyards and Winery.

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