Competition Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Fermented and bottled in Loudoun County
  • Made of at least 75% Loudoun Country grapes and is 100% Virginia grapes
  • Bottled for commercial sale with at least 10 cases available at time of Awards Reception in October
  • 3 (750ml) or 4 (375ml) sample bottles provided for judging
  • $50 entry fee per wine for LWA members
  • $75 entry fee per wine for non-LWA members. If entering several wines, join the LWA for only $200. Click here to learn more.
  • Wine samples submitted by 7/1/2018 5pm

Judging Criteria & Awards

Judging CriteriA

  • Professional industry judging panel comprised of 10 judges
  • 100-point scale for judging evaluation
  • Lowest score for each wine to be removed prior to final average
  • Blind-tasting with silent evaluation

Awards & Medals

  • Gold Medal : 90 points or above
  • Silver Medal : 85 - 89 points
  • Best in Class: Awarded in categories where more than 5 wines are submitted
  • Chairman's Grand Award : Best in class for all wines
  • Winemaker of the Year, Winegrower of the Year, Wine Ambassador for Excellence in Hospitality

Winemaker Forum

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 1pm | Lightfoot Restaurant


Post-competition Winemaker Forum for all Loudoun Wine Award participants, Loudoun Wineries Association members. and Loudoun Winegrower's Association members. Experience an educational forum led by our Competition Director, Neal Wavra, as we taste wine from the competition that exhibit various "themes" for technical discussion. Following the Forum, join us for cocktail hour. 

Winemaker Forum 1pm | Cocktail Reception 4pm

$25 per person (up to 2 people) for LWA members participating in the Loudoun Wine Awards

$40 per person for LWA & LWGA members not participating in the Loudoun Wine Awards



Meet the Judges

Neal Wavra, Competition Director

Neal Wavra of FABLE hospitality is recognized as one of the leading experts on the burgeoning Virginia wine industry and has participated as a judge in multiple wine competitions. Prior to establishing FABLE hospitality, Neal was the former Innkeeper and Sommelier for The Ashby Inn & Restaurant in Paris, VA where the wine list was recognized by various publications for its vast and careful selections, with particular focus paid to the wines of Virginia.  He holds a degree from Whitman College in Walla, Walla Washington; the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California; and the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

Lindsey Fern, Sommelier, The inn at little washington

Lindsey Fern, a certified Sommelier, at the renowned Inn at Little Washington strive to help wine lovers better acquaint themselves with wine. Regularly advising on wine collections and food pairings to further their palate.

Dave Mcintyre, Washington post wine writer

Dave McIntyre has been The Washington Post's weekly wine columnist since October 2008. His writings have also appeared in Wine Enthusiast, the San Francisco Chronicle, Sommelier Journal, Vineyard & Winery Management, Wines & Vines, Washingtonian, Flavor and other publications. Meininger's Wine Business International magazine listed him as one of the most influential wine writers in the United States in its July 2012 issue. In August 2013, he achieved the Certified Sommelier rank in the Court of Master Sommeliers. Dave started his award-winning blog, Dave McIntyre's WineLine, as an email newsletter in 1999

Erin Scala, Beverage Director & Owner for Petit Pois & Fleuire

A native of the blossoming wine region of Virginia, Erin Scala’s first experience with wine was working the harvests in the 1980’s and 90’s. Landing a job at a fine dining restaurant brought her love of wine back in the picture, and (after five years) transitioned fully from music to restaurants. Scala has worked in Manhattan for the past several years, running large wine lists in the Meatpacking District, and most notably at the Michelin Star-rated Public restaurant.

Frank Morgan, Author of & Contributing Editor Virginia Wine Lover magazine

A Virginia Native, Frank Morgan, works in the Legal and Data Privacy group of a global company by day. He is the author of DrinkWhatYouLike wine blog, started seven years ago to chronicle his wine travel experiences and to share stories of the wines, wineries, and winegrowers of Virginia. His site was recently named one of the top wine news blogs by Millesima. Morgan is also a contributor for edibleDC magazine, the wine site Snooth, and is the associate editor of Virginia Wine Lover Magazine, the only print magazine dedicated to the state's wine industry.

Jennifer krafts & rex bambling, certified american wine society judges

The American Wine Society Wine Judge Certification Program (WJCP) is the only program of its kind. Each Certified Judge must pass a comprehensive exam that evaluates their ability to properly taste and score all wine types; Vinifera, Native American and French-American Hybrid grapes as well as fruit and other types of non-grape wines. Certified Judges must re-qualify every five years in order to ensure their palates and skills are still at a level high enough to be certified by AWS.

Antoinette Landragin, owner, Cork 'n fork wine shops

The story of the Landragin team is teeming with wine stories. Antoinette hails from a family of french winemakers who wanted to share their passion with others -- hence, Cork & Fork was born.

By design, the focus of the stores is retailing fine wines from all over the world with a particular focus on small, high-quality, independent producers. In addition, each store offers a range of educational and entertainment opportunities.

Caroline Hermann, Master of wine

Caroline is an instructor at the Capital Wine School in Washington DC where she teaches wine industry professionals on topics of viticulture, vinification, the business of wine, and certification classes for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). Caroline began her wine journey in 2005, working in retail wine sales while pursuing her studies with the WSET. She achieved her Master of Wine distinction in 2018.