Meritage Alliance
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  • Barren Ridge, Cobbler Mountain Cellars, Jefferson Vineyards, King Family Winery and North Gate Meritage wines win big in Virginia Governor's Cup Competition (see Accolades).
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New Members
  • Cambridge California Cellars
  • Villa Bell'Angelo
  • Union League of Pennsylvania
  • The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards
  • Three Arches Winery
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25 Years of Meritage
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Red Meritage


Red Meritage wines historically have been among the world's most highly rated wines. They are prized for their smooth, silky texture and complex, robust structure. While they age beautifully - often for decades - most are also very drinkable in their younger years.

A Red Meritage is a blend of two or more of the red "noble" Bordeaux varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and the rarer St. Macaire, Gros Verdot and Carmenère. If the blend includes any other grape variety, it is, by definition, not a Meritage. Also, to qualify as a Meritage, no single grape variety can make up more than 90% of the blend.