Thurmont, Md., winery wins Comptroller’s Cup

BALTIMORE — Wineries in the Crossroads Business Journal region fared well in the 2019 Maryland Comptroller’s Cup competition.

Following the success of the its 2016 Cabernet Franc, Catoctin Breeze Vineyard of Thurmont won the 2019 Comptroller’s Cup with its 2017 Estate Cabernet Franc.

Standing out from 165 competing wines from 31 wineries, Catoctin’s Cabernet Franc took top honors in its own style category before being selected Best in Show.

“We feel incredibly honored to have won the Comptroller’s Cup again,” Voytek Fizyta, partner at Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, said in a news release. “Being recognized two years in a row with our Estate Cabernet Franc leaves us very proud and humbled, especially when there are so many great producers here in Maryland.”

Best in Show

Comptroller’s Cup: Catoctin Breeze Vineyards of Thurmont, Estate Cabernet Franc 2017

Best in Class

White: Robin Hill Farm & Vineyards of Brandywine, Legacy 2017

White Blend: Big Cork Vineyards of Rohrersville, Russian Kiss 2018

Rosé: Port of Leonardtown Winery, Chaptico Rosé

Red: Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Estate Cabernet Franc 2017

Red Blend: Port of Leonardtown Winery, Captain’s Table 2016

Off-Dry: Big Cork Vineyards, Vidal Blanc 2018

Sweet: Far Eastern Shore Winery of Easton, Ruby NV

Dessert: Janemark Winery & Vineyard of Brandywine, Sweet Heidi 2017

Mead Blend: Loew Vineyards of Mount Airy, Honey & Grape NV

Fruit: Red Heifer Winery of Smithsburg, Blueberry NV

Gold medals

• Big Cork Vineyards for Black Label Vintner Select Cabernet Franc 2016, Cabernet Franc 2017, Meritage 2017, Muscat Cannelli 2018, Russian Kiss 2018, Russian Kiss 2017, Saignee Rosé 2018 and Vidal Blanc 2018

• Boordy Vineyards of Hydes, Chardonnay 2017

• Cabin Vineyard of Myersville, Cabin Vineyard Red 2016, Guest 2014

• Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Estate Cabernet Franc 2017

• Crow Vineyard & Winery of Kennedyville, Crow Club Select NV

• Far Eastern Shore Winery, Ruby NV

• Janemark Winery & Vineyard, Sweet Heidi 2017

• Knob Hall Winery of Clear Spring, Prestige 2015

• Loew Vineyards, Honey & Grape NV

• Port of Leonardtown Winery, Captain’s Table 2016, Chaptico Rosé and Red Lot 16 NV

• Red Heifer Winery, Blueberry NV

• Robin Hill Farm & Vineyards of Brandywine, Legacy 2017

• Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard of Dickerson, Comus 2016, Pinot Grigio 2017

See the entire list of medalists on

The Comptroller’s Cup Competition is organized by the Maryland Wineries Association.

The association, formed in 1984, is a nonprofit trade association that represents more than 85 member wineries in Maryland. Its mission is to develop and expand the grape and wine industry in Maryland through education and promotion.