Bordi Vineyards wint de Maryland Governor’s Cup, Port Leonardtown Winery wint de Jack Ellen Cup. 11 – (ANNAPOLIS, MD) – The Maryland Governor’s Cup takes up its annual residence at Boordy Vineyards in Baltimore County. The competition for the 2020 Maryland Governor’s Cup drew 160 participants from nearly 30 Maryland wineries. This annual competition highlights Maryland wines made from grapes and fruit grown in the state. Maryland Vineyards currently grows nearly 1,000 acres of grapes in each of the state’s unique regions.

“This is the second consecutive year that a Bordeaux blend has received the highest award,” says Kevin Attix, executive director of the Maryland Wine Association. “Landmark Reserve proves once again that serious red blends have become the gold standard.” The Bordeaux blends are made from grapes grown at South Mountain Vineyard in Frederick County.

The Governor’s Cup competition has been postponed twice due to restrictions imposed by VIDOC. The competition, originally scheduled for August 2020, finally took place on February 5 with a group of judges and staff.

“We are honored and excited to win the 2020 Maryland Governor’s Cup at Best in Show with our 2015 reserve, especially since it coincides with Boordy’s 75th anniversary,” said Rob Deford, owner of Boordy Vineyards. “The Landmark Reserve is an elegant and beautifully structured blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, made exclusively with grapes from our South Mountain vineyard, an exceptional vineyard that has produced 3 Governor’s Cup winners in the past 9 years.

“2015 was a year of fantastic growth, but a wine of this caliber would not have been possible without the dedication and perseverance of our teams of winemakers and vintners who work tirelessly each year to produce wines of originality and personality that are a joy to drink,” said Mr. Deford.

“We thank the contest director, Al Spohler, the UMD winemaker, Dr. Joe Fiola, and the Maryland Wine Association team for managing the contest safely and efficiently during these difficult times,” Deford added.

Port of Leonardtown Winery wins the Jack Ellen Cup.

This year, the Port Leonardtown Winery in southern Maryland won the 2020 Jack Ellen Cup, and the McIntosh Run cider, 2019 vintage, won the gold medal and best fruit wine award at this year’s Governor’s Cup. The wine won the finals of the fruit wine, mead and cider tasting.

“We are thrilled to have won the Jack Ellen Cup for our 100% Macintosh Run cider,” says Lauren Zimmerman, winemaker at Port of Leonardtown Winery. “It’s like biting into a crisp McIntosh apple – everyone loves this refreshing wine!”

Opened in 2010, the Port of Leonardtown Winery is one of the only producer-run national wine cooperatives in southern Maryland. Winemaker Lauren Zimmerman produces other “Best in Show” wines, including the 2015 Barbera Reserve.

Maryland Governor’s Wine Cup 2020 Resultaten


  • Governor’s cup: Vignobles Boordi – Reserve 2015
  • Jack Ellen Cup: Port of Leonardtown Winery – McIntosh Run 2019.

Best in class

  • Sparkling wine: Caves Linganore – Brut Albariño 2019
  • White: Leonardtown Port – Sauvignon Blanc 2020
  • White blend: large cork vineyards – Viognier/Chenin 2020
  • Rosé : les caves de Linganore – Seventh 2020
  • Red: Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard – Cabernet Franc 2019.
  • Red blend: Vignobles Boordi – Reserve 2015
  • Sweet : Dove Valley Winery – Mr Bentley’s Choice 2019.
  • Dessert: Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards – Home Sweet Home
  • Fruit: Port of Leonardtown Vineyard – McIntosh run 2019.
  • Mede: Lowe’s Vineyards – Honey and Grapes.
  • Port : Harford Vineyard and Winery – Ruby Reserve 2015

Double Gold

  • Large cork vineyards – Viognier/Chenin 2020
  • Vignobles Boordi – Reserve 2015
  • Davy Valley Winery – Peaches
  • Harford Vineyard and Winery – Ruby Reserve 2015.
  • Wines of Linganore – Brut Albariño 2019
  • The cellars of Linganore – Saperavi 2019
  • Lynx Bridge Vineyards – Chardonnay 2019
  • Leonardtown Port Wine Estate – Sauvignon Blanc 2020
  • Robin Hill farm and vineyards – Home Sweet Home
  • Mountain Vineyard Sugarloaf – Cabernet Franc 2019
  • Windridge Vineyards – Seneca 2017


  • Great Cork Vineyards – Cabernet Franc 2018
  • Great Cork Vineyards – Cabernet Franc 2019
  • Great Cork Vineyards – Chardonnay 2019
  • Great Cork Vineyards – Malbec Rosé 2020
  • Great Cork Vineyards – Sauvignon Blanc 2020
  • Large cork vineyards – Viognier 2019
  • Blue Mountain Wine Artisans – Passion Plum 2019
  • Blue Mountain Winemakers – Cabernet Whisky barrel France 2019
  • Château Bout-De-Vineyard – Cartographer I 2017
  • Raven Vineyards and Winemaking – Raven Club’s Choice
  • Vineyard and wine cellar of Ravenberry – Malbec
  • Dove Valley Winery – The forbidden apple
  • Dove Valley Winery – Mr. Bentley’s Choice in 2019.
  • Vignobles Linganore – Cabernet Franc 2019
  • Vignobles de Linganore – Chardonnay Reserve 2019
  • Linganore Vineyards – Seventh 2020
  • Lowe’s Vineyards – Honey and not wine grapes.
  • Vineyards and wines of Love Point – Merlot 2019
  • Port of Leonardtown Winery – 10th Anniversary Red
  • Leonardtown Wine Port – Barbera Reserve 2017
  • Port of Leonardtown Winery – McIntosh Run 2019.
  • Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards – Blessed Berry
  • Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards – Heritage 2019.
  • Mountain Vineyard Sugarloaf – Cabernet Reserve France 2017
  • Windridge Vineyards – Camp 2019.
  • Windridge Vineyards – Ithaca Reserve 2019.

See the full list of medalists at

About the competition. The Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition awards the best Maryland wines made from grapes, fruit and honey grown in the state. Fruit wines, meads and ciders made in Maryland and judged in this competition compete for the Jack Ellen Cup. Red, white, rosé, sparkling and fruit wines have been entered for this year’s competition and will be judged by wine experts from across the region.

About the Jack Ellen Cup. The Jack Ellen Cup is an excellent opportunity to promote fruit wines, ciders or honey drinks of particularly high quality. The cup is named for Linganore Wine Cellars’ founder, Jack Ellen, who pioneered the production of fruit and honey wines in Maryland. The Jack Ellen Cup is awarded annually at the same time as the Governor’s Cup.

About the Maryland Wine Association. Founded in 1984, the Maryland Wine Association (MWA) is a non-profit trade association representing more than 85 wineries in Maryland. MWA’s mission is to develop and grow the wine and grape industry in Maryland through education and promotion.


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