Our Wines

Doukénie Winery prides itself on its award-winning wine offerings.

From our rich, complex reds to our aromatic, crisp whites, and all else in between, great wines are Doukénie’s #1 priority.

Michael Shaps, one of Virginia’s most recognized winemakers and his team, along with our in-house team, create some of the best wines in the region.

Our Awards

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (international)

  • Gold – 2015 Merlot
  • Double Gold – 2015 Vintner’s Reserve
  • Double Gold – 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Gold – 2015 Chardonnay
  • Double Gold – 2016 Dionysus
  • Gold – 2020 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Silver – 2019 Petit Verdot
  • Silver- 2019 Vintner’s Reserve
  • Silver – 2020 Viognier
  • Bonze – 2019 Zeus

Virginia Governor’s Cup (state)

  • Gold – 2015 Vintner’s Reserve
  • Gold – 2015 Cabernet Franc
  • Gold – 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Gold – 2015 Petit Verdot
  • Gold – 2016 Vintner’s Reserve
  • Gold – 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Gold – 2019 Petit Verdot
  • Gold – 2020 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Silver- 2019 Vintner’s Reserve
  • Silver – 2019 Zeus
  • Silver – 2020 Viognier

Loudoun Wine Awards (county)

  • Gold – 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Gold – 2015 Dionysus (Best in Category)
  • Gold – 2017 Sauvignon Blanc (Best in Category)
  • Gold – 2017 Chardonnay (Best in Category)
  • Gold – 2015 Vintner’s Reserve
  • Gold – 2014 Petit Verdot
  • Gold – 2020 Sauvignon Blanc (Best in Category)
  • Gold – 2020 Viognier
  • Gold – 2019 Zeus
  • Silver – 2020 Vintner’s Reserve
  • Silver – 2020 Zeus
  • Silver – 2020 Chardonnay  
  • Silver – 2020 Petit Verdot 
  • Silver – 2020 Sauvignon Blanc 

American Wine Society (national)

  • Double Gold – 2016 Merlot
  • Double Gold-Best in Class – 2019 Petit Verdot
  • Gold- 2020 Viognier


2022 Sauvignon Blanc: 100% SBL, 11.9% ABV, 0% RS

Color: Still, clear, reflective, pale straw
Nose: Clean, light intensity, lemon, pear, melon
Taste: Dry, lemon citrus, melon, pear, medium acidity, light body
Finish: Medium length, lemon citrus, slightly green (vegetal)
Overall: Light, dry, clean, crisp, Gold Medal winner! Best in Category!

white wine bottle

2021 Cabernet Franc – 100% Cabernet Franc, 13.7% ABV

Color: Still, Medium Garnet, Bright
Nose: Clean, Dried Fruits: Cherry, Strawberry, Red Currants, Bell Pepper, Caramel, Medium Intensity.
Taste: Clean, Dried Cherries, Red Currants, Pomagranite, Pepper, Medium Intensity, Medium Acidity, Medium Alcohol, Light Tannins, Balanced.
Finish: Dried Cherry, Strawberry, Black Pepper, Long Finish.
Overall: Classic Cabernet Franc! Red Fruits, Bell Pepper, Soft Spice.

2021 Barrel Select Chardonnay: 100% Chardonnay, 13.1% ABV, 0% RS, Barrel Fermented and aged 7 mo. in FO

Color: Still, Brilliant, Reflective, Medium Straw hue.
Nose: Medium intensity, pear, green apple, honeysuckle, nutmeg.
Taste: Dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, creamy, apple, pear, honey, soft spice, medium intensity flavors and aromas. Great balance!
Finish: Long Finish, cooked apple, pear, soft spice.
Overall: A very well-balanced wine with lovely secondary and tertiary flavors and aromas. Pair this one with shell fish or salmon.

 Hemera: 25% Traminette, 25% Seyval Blanc, 25% Viognier, 25% Sauvignon Blanc, 11.7% ABV, 0% RS

Color: Still, clear, brilliant, medium straw.
Nose: Clean, medium intensity, pear, green apple, honeysuckle, spice.
Taste: Dry, ripe apple, pear, orange peel, high acidity, light body.
Finish: Orange citrus, long finish.
Overall: A unique combination of hybrid and vinifera grapes. Great summer wine!

Hemera Wine

2022 Chardonnay: 100% Chardonnay, tank fermented, 12.3% ABV, 2% RS

Color: Still, brilliant, reflective, pale straw.

Nose: Clean, medium intensity, pear, green apple, honeysuckle, nutmeg.

Taste: Off dry, medium acid and alcohol, creamy texture, MacIntosh apple, pear, apricot, pineapple, nutmeg, honey, well balanced.

Finish: Soft, creamy, tropical fruit, honey, medium length.

Overall: Soft lusciousness, Creamy texture, tree and tropical fruits, nicely balanced.

2022 Mandolin: 50% Traminette, 50% Seyval, 11.6 ABV, .2% RS

Color: Pale gold, brilliant, reflective.
Nose: Citrus – orange, lemon, ripe apple. Light intensity.
Taste: Off dry (sweet). Lemon, orange, apple, medium acid, light alcohol, light body.
Finish: Clean, light, lemony, medium length.
Overall: A very light, clean refreshing wine for those who like a little sweetness.

2022 Viognier: 100% VIO, 12.3% ABV, 0% RS

Color: Still , clear, brilliant, very pale straw.
Nose: Clean, light intensity, pear, lemon, wet stone.
Taste: Dry, pear, lemon, melon, apple, honey, medium acidity, medium body.
Overall: A good example of a Virginia Viognier.

2023 Rosé: 75% Merlot, 25% Syrah, 12.7 % ABV, 0% RS

Color: Still, bright, reflective, medium salmon.
Nose: Clean, cherry, strawberry, ripe melon.
Taste: Off dry, cherry, strawberry, pomengranate, green melon. Nice balance of acids and alcohol.
Finish: Mostly strawberry with crisp acidity.
Overall: This is a beautiful sipping wine and always pairs well with fish or spicy foods.

2020 Syrah: 100% Syrah, 13.3% ABV, 0% RS, aged 18 mo., French oak

Color: Still, clear, bright, medium ruby.
Nose: Clean, red currants, cherry, clove spice, cedar, medium intensity.
Taste: Dry, red currants, strawberry, clove, cedar, high tannins, medium acidity, body and intensity.
Finish: Dried fruit, spice, long finish. Tannins linger.
Overall: Long finish with nice tannins. This will age well!

2020 Petit Verdot: 100% PVT, 13.3% ABV, 0% RS, 21 mos. in FO

Color: Still, deep purple, opaque.
Nose: Clean, blackberry, black cherry, black currants, plum, cedar.
Taste: Blackberry, black cherry, clove, vanilla, medium tannins and acidity, full body.
Finish: Dried fruits, spice, warm alcohol., intense finish.
Overall: Beautiful example of Virginia PV!

Alethia (N/V): 40% Merlot, 30% Cab Sauvignon, 30% Cab Franc, 7 mo. In FO, 13.7% ABV, 0% RS

Color: Still, clear, medium garnet.
Nose: Clean, strawberry, red currants, plum, medium intensity.
Taste: Dry, red currants, dried cherry, cooking spice, burnt wood, smoke, medium body, tannins and acidity.
Finish: Dried fruit, long finish.
Overall: Terrific lighter red wine.

Alethia wine

2020 Merlot: 100% Merlot, 13.3% ABV, 0% RS, 18 mo. In FO, 18mo. In FO

Color: Still, clear, bright, deep garnet.
Nose: Clean, cherry, raspberry, red currants, strawberry, cinnamon spice, vanilla.
Taste: Dry, dried cherry, red currants, strawberry, cinnamon, medium tannins and body, high acidity.
Finish: Dried fruits, spice, grainy tannins.
Overall: Will be a great wine someday. Needs time.

2020 Tannat: 100% Tannat, 13.3% ABV, 0% RS, 18 mo. in FO

Color: Deep plum purple, opaque.
Nose: Dark fruits – Black Currants, blackberries, plum, cedar, cooking spice, high intensity.
Taste: Black currants, plum, blackberries, cedar wood, soft cinnamon, chocolate, high intensity flavors, medium high acidity, medium tannin, medium alcohol.
Finish: Long finish with notes of dried fruit and lingering acidity.
Overall: Big, bold varietal with dark fruits, prominent French oak flavors and aromas. Would benefit from time in the bottle.

2020 Vintner’s Reserve: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot, 13.1% ABV, 0% RS, 18 mo. In FO

Color: Still, opaque, intense ruby.
Nose: Clean, red fruits, cranberry, raspberry, clove spice, leather, caramel.
Taste: Dry, red currants, dried cherry, cranberry, cedar, clove, smoke, full body, medium acidity, and tannins.
Finish: Dried fruit, cedar, spice, soft tannins, long finish.
Overall: Smooth, full bodied, complex wine.

Hope’s Legacy: 50% red raspberries, 50% red wine blend, 13.8% ABV, 6% RS

Color: Clear, bright, ruby red.
Nose: Intense raspberry, re currants, vanilla.
Taste: Sweet, Big raspberry, strawberry, vanilla medium tannins, acidity, body.
Finish: Sweet, warm raspberries.
Overall: Unique dessert wine!

hopes legacy wine

2018 Doukénie Sparkling: 100% Chardonnay, 12% ABV, .5% RS, 12mo. sur lee aging, made in the traditional method

Color: Clear, sparkling, brilliant, medium gold.
Nose: Clean, ripe apple, pear, vanilla, bread.
Taste: Off-dry (Brut), ripe apple, pear, clove, vanilla, medium acidity, full bodied.
Finish: Pear, apple cooking spice, lone finish.
Overall: Our first sparkling wine!

sparkling wine bottle

2023 Pinot Gris: 100% Pinot Gris, 12.5% ABV

Color: Still, Bright, Reflective, Pale Straw Color.
Nose: Clean, Peach, Pear, Orange Citrus, Medium Intensity.
Taste: Off Dry, Peach, Melon, Lemon Zest, Medium Acidity, Medium Alcohol, Light Body, Nice Balance.
Finish: Citrus flavors come through in the end with bright acidity in the long finish.
Overall: A crisp, light, refreshing wine perfect for shell fish or Alfredo pasta!