The 2008 Meritage from Fort Washington's Karamoor Estate was awarded a Double Gold, the overall top prize, at the 17th annual Farm Show Wine Competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
In addition to the Governors Cup for Best of Show, the 2008 Meritage also won Best Vinifera and Dry Grape. This year's show reviewed 36 Pennsylvania wineries, of which 265 varieties were judged.
Karamoor Estate's vineyard has been in production only since 2007; 2012 was the first year of on-site winery production.
In The Inquirer's holiday-gift guide, critic Craig LaBan wrote: "A few of [Karamoor's] Bordeaux-style blends are still too big and young." But he praised its 2008 cabernet franc, with notes of raspberry, bell pepper, milk chocolate, and anise.