Early Mountain Awarded Governor's Case spot and Four Gold Medals in 2019

Early Mountain Awarded Governor's Case spot and Four Gold Medals in 2019

Posted on February 27, 2019

We are excited to announce that not only have four wines from our portfolio received gold medals in the prestigious 2019 Virginia Governor’s Cup Awards, but also Eluvium 2016 was selected for the Governor's Case, an honor reserved for the top 12 wines in the competition. The Gold Medal winners included Eluvium 2016, Novum 2016, Eluvium 2015 and Quaker Run Cabernet Franc 2017, a selection also featured in our Gold Medal Case.

This is the second year running that the Governor's Case includes Eluvium. Winemaker Ben Jordan shares that "The wines that performed the best for us all had one thing in common: a majority of the fruit in the blend came from our Quaker Run vineyard situated on the slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We look forward to sharing more of Quaker, as the new plantings from this vineyard come online."

Since joining Early Mountain in June 2015, Winemaker Ben Jordan has worked with Associate Winemaker and Viticulturist Maya Hood White to continually elevate the profile of Early Mountain wines, and this honor validates the effort and passion they put into viticulture and winemaking.

The 2019 Virginia Governor’s Cup is presented by the Virginia Wineries Association, in partnership with the Virginia Wine Board & the Virginia Vineyards Association. It is known to be one of the most stringent wine competitions in the United States, and this year over 500 wines from 100+ Virginia wineries were judged by 40 of some of the most respected wine professionals in the field. For details on the judging criteria and more on the Governor’s Cup, visit