“The pursuit of excellence with unrestrained passion can lead to the accomplishment of wonders with unsurpassed joy.”—Aberjhani, historian / poet
While many attributes define our wine world, no other descriptor embodies our spirit and commitment more than passion—that energy that originates in our souls, swelling within us, igniting our zest for life. Notwithstanding, teamwork is also a key constituent. Our wine industry and community as a whole wouldn’t be a success without the drive of growers, winemakers and enthusiasts alike. That collective dedication and ambition were on full showcase at last month’s 2023 Loudoun Wine Awards held in Lansdowne, Virginia—its 8th annual celebration.
Loudoun now boasts more than 50 local wineries. As a born native of this county, I’m always both amazed and proud of our area’s viticultural growth. Having largely grown up in the 1980’s, only a handful of wineries existed in the state, with little known of the region’s terroir. Fast forward to present day, the Commonwealth is home to nearly 350 establishments, with that number steadily on the rise. Beyond the sheer quantity, Virginia epitomizes quality. World class wines are being crafted here, a testament to the drive and commitment of so many outstanding individuals throughout the state. Consider this fact: while Thomas Jefferson likewise had a passion for wine, the 3rd President of the United States spent into the 19thcentury unable to successfully achieve a single successful harvest in Monticello. Mind blown. Now to the 2023 Loudoun Wine Awards ceremony…
With 200+ industry attendees, the ballroom atmosphere could only be described as “electric.” A total of 21 gold medals were awarded by the judging panel, with October One Vineyard garnering three of them. The 2022 Albarino, 2022 Stainless Viognier and 2022 Barrel-Aged Viognier, all received top honors, with the Albarino and Stainless Viognier also achieving “Best In Class” distinction. Silver medals were also awarded to October One’s 2022 Sparkling Viognier, 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2020 Merlot. The festivities were highlighted by O1V’s own Severino “Sevi” Maya Garciabringing home the coveted “Winegrower of the Year” Award. In summary, it was an unforgettable evening of spirited celebration.
Commitment. Drive. Teamwork. Passion.We are a special community of winners, whose pride and devotion to excellence shine in every bottle produced. Together, we are empowered, reaching for the stars and achieving greatness. With the year rapidly drawing to a close and the holiday season around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to visit the October One tasting shop in downtown Leesburg to sip and celebrate these latest special vintages. Cheers to Loudoun wineand thank you for supporting our vineyard.