Winemaker’s Challenge 2018


Best Eastern U.S. White Wine - 94pts – Platinum Medal


Horton Vineyards 2016 Rkatsiteli

Only 45 wines out of 1000 made it to the Platinum level - Here's the list...



Horton Vineyards, Orange County (Virginia) Rkatsiteli 2016 ($15):  This is primarily an East Coast grape variety popular in both New York and Virginia. Horton's expression of Rkatsiteli is brilliant. It delivers a stony minerality that is invigorating, but at the same time shows succulent aromas of nectarine and meyer lemon. This beautifully balanced wine exhibits crisp acidity that lifts the fruit and provides freshness and a clean finish. A Platinum award-winner at the 2018 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 94 Robert Whitley Jan 30, 2018


List of Medals from 2018 Winemaker’s Challenge

2016 Rkatsiteli Orange County Virginia $15.00 Platinum 94 points

2016 Vidal Blanc Orange County Virginia $16.00 Gold 91 points

NV Sparkling Viognier Virginia $30.00 Silver

2016 Nebbiolo Rose Private Reserve Orange County Virginia $25.00 Silver





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Events At Horton Vineyards


6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville, VA  22942

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Jan 7 (Sun.)  -  Trivia Day  -  10am to 5pm - Horton is celebrating Nation Trivia Day. We will have trivia games and questions available to test your knowledge.

Jan. 13 (Sat.)  -  Rubber Ducky Day  -  10am to 5pm - When you purchase 3 bottles of wine on National Rubber Duck Day, you will get your choice of a free themed rubber duck. Purchase a case and you can receive a family (while supplies last). Take your picture with our 3 foot blow up duck! Winston, Walter and Winnie will be on hand for the celebration.

Jan. 18 (Thu.)  -  Winnie The Pooh Day  -  10am to 5pm - Horton Vineyards is celebrating National Winnie the Pooh Day. Come by the tasting room and enter a drawing for a collection of the Winnie Pooh Stories by A.A. Milne. Pick up your favorite wine and don't forget to add some local honey to your purchase.

Jan. 21 (Sun.)  -  Dr. Norton Birthday Celebration  -  10am to 5pm - In celebration of Dr. Norton's birthday Horton Vineyards is offering a special discount on Horton Norton. Purchase a 3 pack of Norton and receive a 10% discount.

Jan. 27 & 28 (Sat. & Sun.)  -  National Puzzle Day  -  10am to 5pm - Horton is celebrating National Puzzle Day. Come into the winery have a glass of wine and join in the fun of working on a puzzle set up in our tasting room. Test your wine and Horton Vineyards knowledge with a unique crossword puzzle. It's a weekend dedicated to all things puzzle.




Feb. 3 (Sat.)  -  Wine and Chocolate Pairing  -  11:30am & 2:30pm seatings - Come join us at our annual Wine and Chocolate Pairing! There are two seatings, one at 11:30 AM followed by a second seating at 2:30 PM. Ticket prices are $45 per person and $85 per couple, which includes 6 tastings of some of our VINTAGE wines paired with a uniquely hand crafted chocolate made by Jennifer Mowad of @Cocoa & Spice. All 6 wines tasted will come from our library and will be for sale at the end of the event. Tickets are non-refundable and seating is very limited so stop by the winery or give us a call at 540-832-7440 to get your tickets now!

Feb. 10 (Sat.)  -  Mardi Gras Celebration  -  10am to 5pm - Join us at Horton Vineyards for our annual Mardi Gras celebration. Tasting prices will be $15 at the door all day. This price includes a tasting of 10 wines, a tour of the cellar, BEADS, chili and a traditional Louisiana dish. You also get to keep your glass!

Feb. 17 (Sat.)  -  Chinese New Year  -  10am to 5pm - February is the Chinese New Year! Anyone who buys a 3 pack of Horton wine will receive a complimentary gift consistent with the Chinese New Year tradition. Anyone who buys a case of wine receives a larger complimentary gift! There will be crafts for kids like make-your-own dragon masks as well.




March 3 (Sat.)  -  Library Wine Tasting  -  10am to 5pm - Tastings all day on March 3rd will be $12 at the door, and will include our normal tasting of ten wines AND several of our perfectly aged vintages; some that have been in our cellar for over a decade. You will be able to purchase our library wines as well. Chili and clam chowder will be complimentary and everyone gets to keep their wine glass. Join us for a day of delicious fun that is "Not your average trip to the library."

March 17 (Sat.)  -  St. Patricks Day  -  10am to 5pm - Come out to Horton to celebrate St. Patrick's day with food, wine and crafts! We will also have our Pot of Gold set out for customers. Each gold coin, once unwrapped, will give an additional discount on Horton wine for the day! Think you have the luck of the Irish? Come find out! This event is kid friendly!

March 31 (Sat.)  -  Easter Egg Hunt  -  12pm to 1:30pm - Bring the family to Horton for an afternoon of family fun. Arts and Crafts stations will be available starting at Noon and then the Easter Egg Hunt begins at 1pm. Fun items and candy for the kids will be found in the eggs that we have hidden all around the winery and vineyard.




April 7 (Sat.)  -  Spring Barrel Tasting  -  10am to 5pm - Visit Horton Vineyards for our Annual Spring Cellar Tasting. Horton Chili will be available along with our usual diverse list of wines to taste. Tours and cellar tastings of our NEW wines will also be included. $12/person includes souvenir glass, a tour of the cellar, your tasting and complimentary chili.

April 13 (Fri.)  -  National Scrabble Day  -  5:30pm to 8:30pm - Join us in celebrating National Scrabble Day on Friday, April 13th for a night of wine, games and snacks. There will also be a door prize for our contestants! Bring your own boards or borrow some we have here.


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