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Fabbioli, Breaux lead the pack in this year’s Loudoun Wine Awards

Doug Fabbioli is the owner and winemaker at Fabbioli Cellars, located several miles north of downtown Leesburg. Facebook/Virginia Wine Summit
Fifteen wines from seven local wineries claimed a gold medal in the third annual Loudoun Wine Awards, contest officials announced Aug. 9.

Leading the pack was perennial powerhouse Fabbioli Cellars, located north of Leesburg toward Lucketts. Fabbioli secured four golds for its 2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve, 2014 Tre Sorelle red blend, 2013 Tannat and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Fabbioli winemaker and owner Doug Fabbioli won Winemaker of the Year at last year's event, and his 2013 Cabernet Franc Reserve won the 2016 Chairman's Award.

Breaux Vineyards followed closely in this year's contest with three golds for its 2015 Meritage blend, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Rose.

868 Estate Vineyards nabbed two golds (2015 Chardonnay and 2016 Petillant Naturel), as did Sunset Hills Vineyards (2016 Viognier and 2016 Mosaic), while The Wine Reserve at Waterford and Zephaniah Vineyards each claimed one – Wine Reserve for its 2015 Chardonnay “Birthday Suit” and Zephaniah for its 2014 Cabernet Franc.

Fifteen of Loudoun's wineries – about one-third of all those in the county – submitted 74 entries into the competition. A panel of judges tasted and rated the wines to determine the best offerings.

The wines had to be crafted from 100 percent Virginia fruit, with 75 percent of that coming from Loudoun. Locally and elsewhere in Virginia, many wineries regularly purchase fruit from other regions in the commonwealth or other states.

The Chairman's Award – best in show – and Best in Class by varietal will be announced at a gala Oct. 13 at Lansdowne Resort and Spa.

The Loudoun Wine Awards is a production of the Loudoun Wineries Association, a nonprofit trade organization.


Breaux and Fabbioli are both excellent wineries. Well deserved.

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