Galer Cabernet Franc wins double gold

Winemaker Virginia Mitchell (center) with Galer Estate Winery owners Lele and Brad Galer

Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery of Kennett Square was recently awarded a rare Double Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world.  After receiving nearly 7,000 entries from 35 states, 67 judges determined the best wines across the nation and Galer Estate’s 2015 Cabernet Franc was chosen as a Double-Gold Medal winner, meaning all judges ranked it as a Gold Medal winner.

Galer Estate’s winning wine was 100% grown at its Home Vineyard in Pocopson Township and produced and aged in French oak for 24 months at Galer Estate’s winery in Kennett Square.  Tasting notes by Galer Estate winemaker Virginia Mitchell describe the award-winning wine as having aromas of tobacco and smoke with flavors of raspberry, red plum, and white pepper, all well-known characteristics of the cabernet franc grape.  This 2015 Cabernet Franc is available now at the winery at 700 Folly Hill Road, Kennett Square.  All wine is produced on site, in small lots, with the majority of grapes being grown in one of the two Galer vineyards in Chester County.

Brad and Lele Galer, founders and owners of Galer Estate said “The Double Gold for the 2015 Cabernet Franc was completely unexpected- we love this wine but you never know how it rates compared to the best in the entire United States.  We are completely thrilled for our entire team in the vineyard and at the winery. It also once again demonstrates that world-class wine can be grown and made here in Chester County.”

Galer Estate winemaker Virginia Mitchell describing the award-winning wine, stated “The 2015 growing season was ideal, with hot, dry days during harvest and into October. The grapes were handpicked on October 15th from the Galer Estate Home Vineyard. We had a smaller yield at 3 tons per acre, but the quality was outstanding. The grapes were de-stemmed, hand sorted, and crushed before going into a stainless steel tank for fermentation. The must was pressed the first week of November and then barreled down in 8 French oak barrels for 18 months. After tasting through all the barrels, we selected the best 4 barrels for the 2015 Cabernet Franc, and the wine was bottled in August 2017. This wine definitely expresses what a wonderful wine cabernet franc from the Brandywine Valley can be!”

The Galer Estate Red Lion Chardonnay also earned a Bronze Medal in this important competition, which is a remarkable achievement given the thousands of Chardonnay entries across the country. These latest medals bring the overall medal count to well over 140 awards and medals since the winery’s opening in 2011.  Located at 700 Folly Hill Road in Kennett Square, just behind Longwood Gardens, Galer Estate is open every weekend and offers wine tastings, bottles purchases, cheese pairings, live music, and art shows every week.  For more information go to

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