Clio ‘19 and Nebbiolo ’19 Win Gold – Virginia Governor’s Cup 2023

Clio Nebbiolo Governor's Cup GoldOnce again, Muse Vineyards brings home Gold from the Virginia Governor’s Cup!

Celebrating its 41st anniversary, the Virginia Governor’s Cup® received 614 entries from farm wineries across the Commonwealth. Regarded as one of the nation’s most stringent wine competitions, Muse Vineyards has earned a gold medal for their Clio 2019 and Nebbiolo 2019. Gold medals were awarded to 142 wines from 66 Virginia wineries, cideries and meaderies after a series of rigorous blind tastings.

Nebbiolo is a famously difficult grape to grow; it is slow to ripen and very susceptible to adverse weather conditions throughout the year. This 2019 Nebbiolo confirms that the effort to grow Nebbiolo can be justified in the bottle.

Clio can be considered Muse Vineyards’ flagship wine. It is a blend of the owners’ favorite wines, adjusted each year to perfectly complement the different flavors. Clio is their most award winning wine, it brings home gold in nearly every competition. The 2019 vintage is no different.

To receive a gold medal, a wine must receive an average score of 90 points or higher on a 100-point scale from the competition’s expert panel of world-class judges—led by the esteemed Jay Youmans, MW. For a full list of gold medalists, visit:

On Feb 23, the Virginia Wine Board will host the Virginia Governor’s Cup® Celebration at Richmond’s Main Street Station to unveil the competition’s top awards—the Governor’s Cup® Case, consisting of the 12 highest-scoring red and white wines, Best in Show Cider and the coveted Governor’s Cup®. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:

Beginning March 1, wine lovers looking to discover Virginia’s best wineries can sign up for the Gold Medal Wine Trail, a mobile passport that includes all gold medal winners. A free resource, passport holders who visit and check-in at participating venues are eligible to receive special offers, discounts and prizes. For more information and to pre-sign up for the Gold Medal Wine Trail, visit:


About the Virginia Governor’s Cup® Competition

The Virginia Wineries Association’s Governor’s Cup® is held in partnership with the Virginia Wine Board.

All entries must be made from 100% Virginia-grown fruit to be eligible. Each wine is ranked based on a unified scoring system. For more information about the Virginia Governor’s Cup® Competition and for a full list of winners, visit: