’22 Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Competition Results


The Virginia Governor’s Cup®, one of the most stringent competitions in the US and is hosted by the Virginia Wineries Association (in partnership with the Virginia Wine Board and the Virginia Vineyards Association). In 2022, world-class judges sampled over 600 of the best Virginia wines from over 100 Virginia wineries.

This year Philip Carter Winery entered 2 of our best wines and both of our wines walked away with medals! We are thrilled at the recognition that our wines are receiving in our local community and from the people all over Virginia.

Congratulations to Philip, our winemaker Tony, and all of the Philip Carter staff!

2019 Cleve – Silver

2015 1762 – Silver

’21 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition Results

The American Wine Society is the largest consumer-based wine organization in the United States. They have conducted this prestigious Commercial wine competition annually for over 40 years. This commercial competition provides national recognition for wineries among both consumers and wine industry professionals.

Judges for the AWS Commercial Wine Competition include both AWS-trained and certified judges and professional experts from all aspects of the wine industry. AWS judges have completed a rigorous 3 level course over a minimum of 3 years. This intense curriculum includes a disciplined approach to wine fault identification, component analysis, winery operations, viticulture, wine history and appreciation, and extensive wine evaluation and rating.

This year Philip Carter Winery entered 6 of our unique Virginia wines and all of our wines walked away with medals! We are overjoyed at the recognition that our wines are receiving not only in our home state but all over the country.

Congratulations to Philip, our winemaker Tony, and all of the Philip Carter staff!


2020 Shirley Chardonnay – Silver

2020 Sabine Hall Viognier – Silver

2020 Gov. Fauquier – Silver

2019 Cleve – Silver

2020 Nomini Hall Cabernet Franc – Bronze

2019 Ten Vines Merlot – Bronze



’21 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association Wine Competition Results



The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association host an annual wine competition; the largest in the nation focused exclusively on the wines of the East Coast. The competition covers the 17 states from Maine to Florida that border the Atlantic including Vermont, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The event is held in late summer with professional competition judges hailing from all parts of the country and many facets of the wine trade.

This year Philip Carter Winery entered 5 of our unique Virginia wines and 4 of our wines walked away with medals! We are overjoyed at the recognition that our wines are receiving not only in our home state but all over the east coast.

Congratulations to Philip, our winemaker Tony, and all of the Philip Carter staff!


2019 Cleve – Gold & Best Other Red Vinifera Blend

2019 Tannat – Silver

2020 Nomini Hall Cabernet Franc – Bronze

2020 Rosewell Rosé – Bronze

Winery Closure 1/29/22

Due to snowy road conditions, to ensure the safety of our guests and staff, we will remain closed today January 29th, 2022. We hope to see everyone tomorrow from 11 am – 5 pm to enjoy some wonderful quiches for brunch. Make sure to make a reservation!

Adopt-A-Vine Update – Spring 2021


          My name is Tony McDonnell, if I haven’t met you yet, I am the Winemaker at Philip Carter Winery. I wanted to give you an update on what is happening in our vineyard right now.

           Something you might hear me saying a lot this time of year is “hope springs eternal,” a quote from Alexander Pope’s An Essay on Man.  With the first day of spring about a month away, this is a very optimistic time in the wine industry.  2020 presented some of the most unique challenges any of us have ever seen, the biggest of which was totally outside of our control.  Overall, I am very happy with the wines we produced in 2020, and it will certainly go down as one of the most memorable vintages of my career.  Keep an eye out for our 2020 “fresh wines” like Governor Fauquier, Rosewell, Sabine Hall, and the Ten Vines red blend, which were bottled within the last month and are hitting shelves soon.

           On Tuesday, February 16th, the vineyard crew and I made our first pruning cuts in our Chambourcin block, and just like that, we’re on to 2021.  Most of the 2020 reds (Petit Verdot, Tannat, Cab Franc, Norton) and Chardonnay will be allowed to continue to develop for a bit longer while we shift our focus to the vineyard.  In our area, grapevines typically break bud (start growing for the year) around the middle of April.  Between now and then, the crew and I have about 15 acres of vines to prune, along with a handful of other tasks.  Now is the time we make sure our trellis wires are tight, our adopt-a-vine signs are shining, and the vines are set up to give us another great crop.

           Pruning grapevines is hard work but has an almost therapeutic quality to it at times as well.  We cut the vines back, taking out the vast majority of last year’s growth, so they can focus their energy on growing new shoots, which will give us this year’s crop.  Grapevines fruit on a two-year cycle – in 2020 they developed buds, which will produce shoots and fruit in the year 2021.  Those new shoots will also develop buds in 2021, which will be our crop for 2022.  Our focus is on getting exactly how many buds we want and having them exactly where we want them.  What we cut off, we burn.  Old wood, especially once it’s no longer attached to the vine, can quickly become a source of contamination for the living plants.

           Outside of harvest, March tends to be our busiest month at the winery.  While pruning is the single biggest task, we also have to get ready for spring planting, typically done in May.  We are putting in close to three acres of grapevines this year, spread between the Philip Carter property and Strother Family Vineyards, our sight in Delaplane.  Cleaning up from pruning is a large undertaking in and of itself, plus we work to prep the grounds of the winery for the upcoming year – the recent wet weather conditions making this all the more important.  And of course, lest we forget, our wines in the cellar still need attention as they make their march towards the bottle.

           I am particularly excited about an event we are hosting on April 17th at Valley View Farm.  We are calling it our Spring Picnic, and we will be hosting adopt-a-vine and wine club members for a hike up to Strother Family Vineyards, and a discussion on all things viticulture with a picnic will follow. Be on the lookout for more details about the event coming soon. I hope to see you all there!

           Additionally, if you are available, I invite you to join me on Facebook Live this Friday, February 26th at 6 pm for our upcoming Virtual Tasting. If you need the info about it you can find it here.

           Until then, Cheers!

Tony McDonnell

Winemaker, Philip Carter Winery

Phase One Guidelines

Phase One Guidelines

We have entered Phase One of Reopening as of 5.15.20 as Outlined by the Office of the Governor of Virginia.

We are excited to inform you that as of May 15, 2020 we have re-opened at Philip Carter Winery. It is very important to us that our staff and customers feel safe and welcome to visit us during this time. Due to this, we have made some new changes to adhere to the standards and guidelines set forth for wineries in Phase One of the Forward Virginia Plan.

Open Friday – Sunday For Limited Onsite Sales, To-Go Sales, Curbside Pickup, Wine Club Pickups, Shipping, and Delivery.
No Reservation Required at this time!


Fridays: 12 pm – 4 pm
Saturdays: 12 pm – 6 pm
Sundays: 12 pm – 5 pm

Things to Know if Visiting:

  • When you arrive we ask that you check-in at the Sales Window (along the sidewalk path) prior to choosing a table so we may welcome you and give you a rundown of how we are working to keep you and others safe.
  • Purchases for Onsite Enjoyment:
    • Purchases for onsite consumption will only be permitted for enjoyment in our outdoor areas only, rain or shine. Indoor seating is not available at this time per VA Phase One guidelines. 
    • Wine by both the bottle and glass will be available for purchase. All glass purchases will be served in disposable plastic cups at this time. If desired, souvenir wine glasses will be available for purchase for an additional $2 for you to enjoy and take home with you.
    • Tastings:
      • At this time we will not be doing any tastings.
      • We are offering Live Virtual tastings every other Friday via Facebook Live and offer discounted Virtual tasting bundles for those who would like to participate.
  • Outdoor Seating:
    • Only outdoor seating will be available at this time, no exceptions. 
    • Due to the size of our property we are not requiring reservations for our outdoor seating tables at this time, this may be subject to change.
    • We will not be permitting groups of 10 or more on property at this time.
    • 6ft social distancing is still required in all areas on property. Available tables and chairs will be spaced out on the property to maintain this requirement. Guests may not move or relocate any furniture on property.
    • Guests are welcome to sit at any of the outdoor furniture provided or bring their own. We have a limited number of tables available on the property so guests are welcome to bring their own seating or picnic blankets as long as they do not set them up within 10 ft of any other table or customer. Philip Carter picnic blankets will also be available for purchase at the sales window.
    • Dogs: We are Dog friendly for friendly dogs, outdoors leashed, and supervised at all times.
    • Food: Guests are welcome to bring outside food to enjoy on property.
    • No Outside Alcohol: In accordance with ABC law, outside alcohol is not permitted, and guests who appear intoxicated will be refused service. Wine tastings are not available at this time.
    • For questions or details on bad weather options for onsite enjoyment please contact us directly via email or phone.
  • To-Go Sales:
    • Guests are still welcome and encouraged to purchase bottles to-go. We offer both in-person sales and Curbside pick-up for all to-go orders. Orders can be placed ahead of time by going to shop.pcwinery.com and selecting “Tasting Room Pick-up” or “Curbside Pick-up” under the shipping options at checkout.
    • For Curbside orders please call the winery when you arrive and have your order information pulled up so we can verify your purchase. 
  • Guests are required to wear face masks and recommend gloves while interacting with staff, entering, exiting, or otherwise traveling about the property and indoor spaces. Face coverings are not required while seated at your table. 
  • All staff will be wearing masks and gloves as well as washing their hands frequently throughout the day. 
  • Guests are required to maintain a minimum of 6′ social distancing from other guests outside of their group and with employees. Guests may not congregate in groups of more than 10 guests. Guests in violation of this policy will be asked to leave.
  • Guests will be permitted inside the building only to use the restrooms, purchase merchandise, or to place a to-go order when it is raining. Customers will need to bring their own gloves and masks to wear when indoors. The maximum number of guests permitted inside the building at any time is 10.
  • Please refrain from extraneous touching of surfaces during your visit, including merchandise you do not plan to purchase. 
  • Staff will be sanitizing/cleaning all surfaces and bathrooms frequently and between guests.
  • Guests are asked to minimize staff exposure by ensuring all their trash is appropriately disposed of in our trash cans and empty wine bottles placed in the recycling boxes.

For the safety of our staff and other guests, please do not visit if you have experienced a fever or any symptoms of COVID-19, or have known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days. 

All guests are asked to follow the guidelines and restrictions of the county, city, or state in which they reside. If you live in an area that has not been cleared to enter Phase One or similar, we ask that you do not visit at this time.

If either of these applies to you, please consider taking advantage of our free shipping and online deals instead, more info below. 


Adopt-a-Vine Program

Announcing our Brand New Membership Opportunity!

The Adopt-A-Vine Program

Adopt an entire row of Philip Carter Grapevines


This brand new program lets you symbolically adopt an entire row of Philip Carter grapevines for a period of 10 years for a one-time adoption fee of $250.


With this program, you’ll be able to watch the growing process of your adopted vines, get hands-on opportunities to learn from the Winemaker and Vineyard Manager, receive a bounty of benefits along the way, and also receive opportunities to participate in harvesting grapes from your row.


This truly is an ideal gift for wine lovers! This new program is an immersive and unique gift that is great for you or someone you know who enjoys good wine and wants to learn more about the vine-to-wine process. Impress your friends with your new-found knowledge of how we turn the grapes into wine.


The Benefits

  • Choose Your Row: Upon adoption, you will receive an email to choose your preferred grape varietal and row.
  • Appear on Our Website: Your name will be listed right here on our website next to your adopted row to let everyone know it’s yours.
  • Personalized Plaque: Once selected, a customized plaque will be made with your desired personalized message to be displayed on the post at the top of your adopted row. Maybe you wish to celebrate a company/firm milestone, a college graduate, a marriage proposal, or an important birthday!
  • Quarterly Updates: Receive quarterly vineyard update emails from our Winemaker or Vineyard Manager so you can stay up to date on what is happening in the vineyard.
  • Hands-On Experiences: When the time comes, you will receive opportunities to assist in caring for your adopted row. This includes invitations to learn how to and assist in pruning and harvesting your row.
  • Complimentary Tastings: Receive two complimentary tastings each time you visit.
  • Tickets to our Harvest Festival: You’ll get two complimentary tickets to our Annual Harvest Festival in November.
  • Discounts: 15% discount* on wine and select gift shop items. Enjoy this discount both in our tasting room and our online wine shop. (*Discount may not be combined with any other discounts. Highest percentage discount to which you are entitled will be honored.)



To learn more about the program or to Join the Adopt-A-Vine Program click this button.



COVID-19 Deals & Options

Buy Online – Free Shipping

Shop our online storefront and get free shipping on 3 bottles or more with regular volume discounts!

To help keep your cellar stocked we are offering free shipping for any purchase of 3 bottles or more. But that’s not all, in addition, we are making an exception to our normal rule and allowing you to combine this with our normal volume and club discounts.

3+ Bottles: 5% off
6+ Bottles: 10% off
12+ Bottles: 15% off

Shipping may not available to all states. Discounts apply automatically at check out. If you are a club member you must log in to your account to receive club discounts.


Join our Ambassador Wine Club to get 20% off Bottles and 50% off Cases of Wine Today and Every Day! More Info Here.




Buy a Gift Card Now to use Later & get 20% extra dollars!


Right now we are offering a special on gift card purchases. If you buy a “Future Gift Card” now you will get a bonus 20% added on to your card value after September 1, 2020. The card can be used (anytime after September 1st) for instore and online purchases.


Once purchased, gift card redemption code and information will be emailed to the purchaser.  Gift card code may be used in-house or in our online store.



Curbside Pick-Up

To take advantage of Curbside Pick-up, you can either purchase your wine ahead of time on our website* or call 540.364.1203 to place your order. Then when you arrive, let us know you are here and we will bring your order out to your car.

*If ordering on our website, please select “Curbside Pick-up” under the shipping options at checkout.


Free Delivery to Your Door!

For Residents of Select Counties

We are now offering Free Delivery to select counties with the purchases of 6 or more bottles. If you live in one of the following counties we will drive your order directly to you.

Fauquier County
Warren County
Prince William County
Rappahannock County
Fairfax County

Central VA Area
City of Richmond
Henrico County
Hanover County
Goochland County
Caroline County

Purchase on our online storefront and select “Delivery” at checkout or you can call us at 540.364.1203.

(Valid ID of 21 years of age or more required)


Upcoming Virtual Tasting

Virtual Tasting Event #3

Friday, May 15th at 6:00 pm on Facebook Live

Join Philip Carter Strother, PCW Owner, and Tony McDonnell, PCW Winemaker, as they taste our next 3 wines in our 3rd Virtual Tasting Event and answer questions live on Facebook. 
2019 Sabine Hall Viognier
2016 Corotoman
2017 Sweet Danielle

Want to Taste With Us?

We are offering a bundle deal on these 3 wines so you can taste along with us from the comforts of your home. Get the bundle for 20% off with Free Shipping.

Retail Value: $94.00
20% Discount: $75.20

Buy it online or stop by Friday – Sunday, 12 pm – 4 pm to get your bundle. If you would like to have your bundle shipped to you, your order must be placed by end of day Monday, May 11th to receive it in time to participate.

Covid-19 E-blast 3.19.2020

We are Remaining Open

On March 17th, Virginia’s Governor Northam announced that non-essential gatherings should be limited to 10 or less people. Bars and restaurants in Virginia could remain open but limit service to 10 or less people at a time to aid in the social distancing efforts. At Philip Carter Winery, we are taking this seriously as are many wineries in our area.


Here at Philip Carter Winery, we are a smaller venue with lots of open spaces for you to enjoy your experience while continuing to “social distance.” Due to this, we have decided to stay open with our normal tasting room hours this weekend. We are continuing to follow the guidelines of the CDC as well as taking our own extra precautions to keep you safe. This includes increased sanitation and safety protocols for our guests and our staff.

  • Tastings:
    • We will continue doing tastings this weekend at our tasting bars. However, we will be limiting tastings to no more than 10 people at any given time.
    • Additionally, we will be using disposable glassware during our tastings or offering guests the option to purchase a souvenir wine glass to enjoy your tasting in and then take home with you.
    • The tasting bar will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis for tastings. No reservations are required but to help us ensure we are properly staffed, we would love to know if you plan to visit us during this time. You can send us an email or text us at 540.277.9494 to let us know.
  • Onsite Enjoyment:
    • ​Glass and bottle purchases for enjoyment on property will continue. We are reducing the number of tables in the tasting room to increase social distancing and we have lots of outdoor space to enjoy your wine as well.
    • We will encourage guests to enjoy their wines outside, weather permitting. Take a stroll through our vineyards, grab a picnic table, or bring a blanket and have a picnic to enjoy the fresh air. Picnics, Kids, and Dogs Welcome!
  • Tours:
    • ​If you made a tour reservation for this weekend, we will still be doing tours! We have reduced the number of people we can accommodate on our tours from 10 people to 6 people.
  • Soup Lunches Canceled:
    • As many of you know we have been doing soup lunches on the weekends. In order to allow us to put more effort into social distancing and keeping our guests safe, we will not be offering our soup lunch specials this weekend. We will still be offering our cheese and sausage baskets for your snaking needs.
  • Curbside Pick-up:
    • ​This weekend we will be offering curbside pickup. You can either purchase your wine ahead of time on our website and select pick up at the tasting room at checkout or call your order in and we will bring your order out to you when you arrive. The phone number is 540.364.1203.

To see other steps we are taking to help reduce the spread of Covid-19, you can refer to our previous e-blast sent last week here.