Smith Mountain Lake has been a favored destination for wine enthusiasts for decades. The popularity of the annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival as well as the growing number of notable wineries has given tourists and locals alike the ability to sample an impressive selection of vino.
This year, Virginia Wine Lover Magazine awarded two area wineries with platinum, gold and silver awards: Chateau Morrisette and Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery.
The panel of judges sampled entries from all across the Commonwealth in a double-blind flight. Each entry was scored based on its own merits using the UC Davis 20 Point System. This system assigns a number to each category including color, aroma and aftertaste.
Here is a list of the awards given to both wineries:
Chateau Morrisette, Cabernet Franc 2011
Chateau Morrisette, Chardonnay 2011/Frosty Dog White Blend 2011--Dessert/ Petit Verdot 2009
Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery, Vidal Blanc, 2011/Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Smith Mountain Lake Country Red--Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot/Smith Mountain Lake Sweet Red Sail--Red Blend, Chardonnay 2009 Estate, Smith Mountain Lake--White Blend, Vidal Blanc, Chardonnay, Chardonnay 2011 Estate, Cabernet Franc 2008, Chardonnay 2010 Estate
Both Chateau Morrisette and Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery offer year-round events and make a great day trip for wine lovers.