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 winemaker Shane McManigle, 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

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

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

American Wine Society (national)

  • Double Gold – 2016 Merlot

Wines

2020 Sauvignon Blanc: 100% SBL, 11.9% ABV, 0% RS, $27

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

2020 Pinot Gris: 100% PNG, 11.9% ABV, 0% RS, $26

Color: Still, clear, brilliant, pale straw.
Nose: Clean, tropical fruits (pineapple), pear, white flower, light intensity.
Taste: Dry, nectarine citrus, pineapple, pear, high acidity, light body.
Finish: Citrus, long finish.
Overall: Clean, crisp, fruit forward, refreshing wine.

Pinot bottle

2020 Barrel Select Chardonnay: 100% CHR, 60% stainless steel, 40% barrel fermented and aged (9mo.), 13.2% ABV, 0% RS, $37

Color: Still, clear, brilliant, medium straw.
Nose: clean, medium intensity, ripe apple, pear, light oak, wet stone.
Taste: Slightly off dry, medium intensity, apple, pear, orange peel, honey, butterscotch, vanilla, cedar, medium acidity.
Finish: Medium, ripe apple, honey, vanilla.
Overall: Soft fruits with nice secondary flavors and aromas.

barrel select chard

2020 Hemera: 25% Traminette, 25% Seyval Blanc, 25% Viognier, 25% Sauvignon Blanc, 11.7% ABV, 0% RS, $26

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

2018 Chardonnay: 100% CHR, 42% barrel fermented/age 11mo., 58% SS, 13.5 % ABV, 0% RS, $34

Color: Still, clear, medium to full gold, reflective.
Nose: Clean, ripe apple, clove spice, honey, smoke.
Taste: Dry, oak, toast, all spice, apple, pear, vanilla, medium acidity, full bodied.
Finish: Apple, spice, long finish.
Overall: A fuller bodied wine than the Barrel Select, and more fruit forward.

2018 chard

2020 Mandolin: 50% Traminette, 35% Seyval Blanc, 15% Vidal Blanc, 11% ABV, .5% RS, $27

Color: Still, clear, pale straw, brilliant.
Nose: Clean, pear, grapefruit, honeysuckle, medium intensity.
Taste: Low sweetness, pear, grapefruit, lemon citrus.
Finish: Sweet, fruity, medium length.
Overall: A very bright, refreshing, slightly sweet wine.

mando wine

2020 Viognier: 100% VIO, 12.3% ABV, 0% RS, $35

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.

white wine bottle

2021 Rosé: 100% Merlot, Saignee process, 11.8% ABV, 0% RS, $28

Color: Still, clear, brilliant pink.
Nose: Clean, cherry, strawberry, melon, medium intensity.
Taste: Dry, cherry, strawberry, red currants, medium acidity, medium body, medium intensity.
Finish: Dry, soft, long finish.
Overall: A true Rosé. What Merlot tastes like without barrel aging and malolactic fermentation.

Rose wine

2019 Syrah: 100% Syrah, 13.3% ABV, 0% RS, aged 18 mo., French oak, $40

Color: Still, clear, bright, medium ruby.
Nose: Clean, rede 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!

wine bottle white

2019 NYX: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 mos. in French oak, 13.3% ABV, 0% RS, $42

Color: Still, opaque, ruby-purple.
Nose: Clean, black currants, blackberry, clove, coffee, medium intensity.
Taste: Dry, blackberry, black currants, burnt wood, medium bodied, medium acidity and tannins.
Finish: Long finish, spice and dried fruit.
Overall: Great drinking wine!

nyx wine bottle

2019 Petit Verdot: 100% PVT, 13.3% ABV, 0% RS, 21 mos. in FO, $45

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!

Petit Verdot bottle

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

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

2019 Cabernet Franc: 90% Cabernet Franc, 10% Tannat, 14% ABV, 0% RS, 18 mo. In FO, $37

Color: Still, clear, brilliant, ruby-garnet.
Nose: Clean, dried cherry, strawberry, earthy, cedar, medium intensity.
Taste: Dry, red currants, dried cherry, cooking spice, smoke, medium body, tannins and acidity.
Finish: Red dried fruits, medium length.
Overall: Nice drinking Cab Franc!

cab franc

2019 Vintner’s Reserve: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot, 13.1% ABV, 0% RS, 18 mo. In FO, $45

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.

cab franc

2019 Merlot: 100% Merlot, 13.3% ABV, 0% RS, 18 mo. In FO, 18mo. In FO $37

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.

merlot wine bottle

2019 Zeus:37% Cab Franc, 21% Cab Sauv, 21% Tannat, 16% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 13.3% ABV, 0% RS, 18 mo. In FO, $34

Color: Still deep ruby, saturated.
Nose: Clean, blackberry, black cherry, plum, earth.
Taste: Dry, black cherry, blackberry, clove, vanilla, medium tannins and acidity, full bodied.
Finish: Dried fruits, spice, warm alcohol.
Overall: One of the great Zeus’s we produced!

zeus wine bottle

2016 Dionysus: 91% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 14.2% ABV, 0% RS, 30 mo. In FO, $65

Color: Still, medium garnet, bright.
Nose: Clean, dried cherry, red currants, vanilla, all spice, smoke.
Taste: Dry, cherry, raspberry, vanilla, all spice, medium tannins and acidity, full bodied.
Finish: Red fruits, spice, vanilla, long finish.
Overall: Beautifully complex, balanced red blend.

Dyonisus wine bottle

2020 Tobacco Barn Vidal Blanc: 100% Vidal Blanc, dried Appassimento style, 9mos. in FO, 14.8% ABV, 6% RS, $30

Color: Still, clear, brilliant, deep gold.
Nose: Clean, intense ripe apple, smoke, vanilla, honey, pineapple.
Taste: Sweet, intanse honey, clove, apple, smoke, full body, medium acidity, high alcohol.
Overall: Intensely rich flavors and aromas.

vidal wine bottle

Hope’s Legacy: 50% red raspberries, 50% red wine blend, 13.8% ABV, 6% RS, $24

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, $48

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