2023 Governor’s Cup Awardees

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The Colorado Governor’s Cup Winemaking Competition is the only statewide wine making competition exclusively for Colorado Wineries.

The Colorado Governor’s Cup Judges – sommeliers, wine writers, Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, and wine professionals from Colorado and across the country – gathered at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Hospitality Learning Center on August 11-13 to sample hundreds of wines made by Colorado’s winemakers.

The judges selected the top wines for the 2023 Governor’s Cup Collection.

The West Elks AVA wineries scored very well!

Here are the results:

Double Gold

Alfred Eames Cellars – 2019 Carmena
The Storm Cellar – 2022 Albariño


The Storm Cellar – 2022 All the Flowers
The Storm Cellar – Gewürztraminer


Peony Lane – 2020 Cabernet Franc
Peony Lane – 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon
Peony Lane – 2020 Merlot
Qutori Wines – 2020 Syrah
The Storm Cellar – 2021 Riesling
The Storm Cellar – 2022 Sauvignon Blanc
The Storm Cellar – 2022 Rosé of Chambourcin
The Storm Cellar – 2022 Rosé of Pinot Noir
The Storm Cellar – 2022 Rosé of St. Vincent


Qutori Wines – 2022 Grace’s Bounty, White Pinot Noir
Storm Cellar – 2022 Double Switchback
Peony Lane – 2020 Pinot Noir
Stone Cottage Cellars – 2018 Trio Pinot Noir

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