2016 Wine Grower of the Year
2019 Trip Advisor names JOLO
“1 of the top 7 Wineries in the Country”
(outside of California)
Trip Advisor names JOLO Winery & Vineyards
top 10% of attractions in the world in 2020
Trip Advisor names JOLO Winery & Vineyards
top 10% of attractions in the world in 2021
Open Table names JOLO one of the top 100
brunch spots in America 2021
Open Table names JOLO one of the top 100
brunch spots in America 2022
Trip Advisor names JOLO Winery & Vineyards
top 10% of attractions in the world in 2022
Trip Advisor names JOLO Winery & Vineyards
top 10% of attractions in the world in 2023

Reds

“At the Winemaker Challenge, we have judges who not only know but appreciate native grapes. They showed their appreciation for this Cynthiana — also known as Norton — by tagging it with a Platinum award. Aromas of black fruit and clay entice, and the black fruit carries the palate with good grip and notes of citrus and brown spice. One of the best wines I’ve tasted from this variety. It sounds like a road trip is in order. A Platinum Award winner at the 2018 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.”
– Rich Cook | 2018 Winemaker Challenge Judge | Jan 30, 2018

“North Carolina’s Jolo Winery 2016 Pilot Fog was named Best Native American Red (the grape is Norton). I might prefer the V. Sattui 2013 Morisoli Vineyard cabernet sauvignon, the wine of the year, but the far less expensive Norton from the obscure Yadkin River Valley of North Carolina could hold its own in just about any company.”

– Robert Whitley | “Lessons From the 2018 Winemaker Challenge” | February 13, 2018

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Carolus XII

Gold Medal Award 92 Points- 2023 Harvest Challenge, Sonoma CA

  • Judge Says: “Good varietal, well-balanced, spicy, body, mixed dark fruit, crystalized ginger.”

Gold Medal Award 90 Points- 2023 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition

Gold Medal Award- 2023 Mid Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition

Gold Medal Award 90 Points – 2023 International Winemaker’s Challenge – San Diego, CA

Gold Medal Award- 2023 Los Angeles Invitational Wine and Spirits Challenge

Double Gold Medal Award 93 Points- 2022 American Wine Society Wine Competition

Gold Medal Award- 2022 NC State Wine Competition

James Suckling Rating- 90 Points

Gold Medal Award- 2021 Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition

Best of Class- 2021 Santé International Wine and Spirits Competition

Gold Medal Award- 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal Award- 2021 Carolina Classic Fair

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JOLOTAGE Reserve

Gold Medal Award 91 Points- 2023 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition

Double Gold Medal Award- 2023 Mid Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition

95 Points and BEST OF SHOW BORDEAUX STYLE BLEND –  2023 International Winemaker’s Challenge

– San Diego, CA

“This wine might be a little tricky to locate were it not for the wonders of the internet, and I highly recommend that you avail yourself of the technology and place in order for a bottle of this, especially if you have yet to get this state on your wine radar. Think fruit forward-Bordeaux here and you’ll have the gist of things. Bravo!” -2023 Winemaker Challenge Critic’s Review

Platinum Medal Award – 94 Points – 2023 International Winemaker’s Challenge – San Diego, CA

Gold Medal- 2022 Jefferson Cup Invitational

91 Points- 2022 American Wine Society Wine Competition

Gold Medal Award- 2022 NC State Wine Competition

Gold Medal Award- 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Gold Medal Award 90 POINTS- 2021 Harvest Challenge Sonoma California

Gold Medal Award- 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

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Pilot Fog

Gold Medal Award 94 Points- 2023 Harvest Challenge, Sonoma CA

  • Judge Says: “Nice use of Oak, plush plum tart with cloves.”

Double Gold Medal Award- 2023 American Fine Wines Competition

Gold Medal Award 94 Points- 2023 International East Meets West Wine Competition

  • Judge Says: “Blackberry, cherry, spice, tannin at end with grip”

Double Gold Medal Award- 2023 Mid Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition

Jefferson Cup Winner  – 2022 Jefferson Cup Invitational | Kansas City, MO

Double Gold Medal Award- 2022 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition

James Suckling Rating- 90 Points

Jefferson Cup Winner  – 2021 Jefferson Cup Invitational | Kansas City, MO

Jefferson Cup Winner  – 2019 Jefferson Cup Invitational | Kansas City, MO

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Crimson Shadow

Best of Class- 2021 Santé International Wine and Spirits Competition

Gold Medal Winner- 93 Points 2021 International Wine Makers Challenge

Gold Medal Winner 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

 

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Crimson Creek

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JOLOTAGE

  • Double Gold Medal Award- 2024 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal Award- 2023 Mid Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition
  • Platinum Award Winner 94 Points- 20th Annual Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Gold Medal Award- 2023 Los Angeles Invitational Wine and Spirits Challenge
  • 91 Points- 2022 American Wine Society Wine Competition
  • BEST OF CLASS and DOUBLE Gold Medal Award 97 POINTS- 2021 Harvest Challenge Sonoma California
  • Gold Medal Award – 2020 International Sommelier challenge in San Diego California
  • Gold Medal Award – 2019 Harvest Challenge
  • BEST OF SHOW – 2019 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition
  • DOUBLE Gold Medal Winner – 2019 Asheville Wine & Food Festival
  • Gold Medal Award – 90 Points – 2019 Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
    – A spot-on amalgam of fruit, acid, alcohol and tannins, this delivers a smooth, satiny mouthfeel and finish – Bill Ward
  • Gold Medal Winner 2018 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern 2018 Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal Winner 2017 Asheville Wine & Food Festival
  • Gold Medal Winner – 2016 NC Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal Winner – 2016 NC Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal Winner 2015 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal Winner 2015 Asheville Wine and Food Competition
  • Gold Medal Winner 2015 Dixie Classic Competition
  • Gold Medal Winner 2015 NC State Fair Wine Competition
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Cuvee Selection

Gold Medal Award- 2024 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal Award- 2023 American Fine Wines Competition

Gold Medal Award 90 Points- 2023 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition

Double Gold Medal Award- 2023 Mid Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal Award 94 Points- 2022 American Wine Society Wine Competition

Gold Medal Award- 2022 NC State Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal Award- 2021 Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition

Gold Medal Award- 2021 Carolina Classic Fair

JOLO Vineyards, Yadkin Valley (North Carolina) “Cuvee Selection” 2018:

“I love what’s happening at JOLO, and I hope this award brings them some wider recognition. Yadkin Valley, North Carolina might not be on the tip of your tongue when it comes to favorite AVA’s, but there’s great fruit being produced there, and it’s being made into great wine – some from varieties you may not know. This wine blends 25% Cynthiana (aka Norton) with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Petit Verdot into a gorgeous glass. Mixed red berry and cherry, a dash of dill, soft fall spice and easy oak toast all dancing together through a long finish that’s extended by supple grip. Spring this on your California wine snob friends and spin them around a bit! A Platinum Award winner at the 2020 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.”

— 94 Rich Cook Jan 28, 2020

 

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Pilot Shadow

Best of Class and Double Gold Medal Award 97 Points- 2023 Harvest Challenge, Sonoma CA

  • Judge Says: “Good wine crafting, cranberry, integrated complete and seamless”

Gold Medal Award- 2023 American Fine Wines Competition

Gold Medal Award 93 Points- 2023 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition

Double Gold Medal Award- 2023 Mid Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition

Gold Medal Award – 92 Points – 2023 International Winemaker’s Challenge – San Diego, CA

Best of Class- 2023 Los Angeles Invitational Wine and Spirits Challenge

Double Gold Medal Award- 2023 Los Angeles Invitational Wine and Spirits Challenge

Gold Medal Winner 90 Points- 2023 San Diego Wine and Spirits Competition

Double Gold- 2022 San Francisco Chronicle

92 Points- 2022 American Wine Society Wine Competition

Best Dry Red of the Show- 2022 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition

Best of Show- 2022 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold Medal Award 92 Points- 2023 Harvest Challenge, Sonoma CA

  • Judge Says: “Grippy, super dry, impressive oak.”
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Devil's Hill

Gold Medal Award 92 Points- 2023 Harvest Challenge, Sonoma CA

  • Judge Says: “Cloves, menthol, blend is nice, balance of fruit and acidity.”
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Whites

“The hybrid grape varietals wildly planted in the eastern and midwestern United States may not be well known, but the wines they produce are increasingly well made. JOLO’s blend of Vidal Blanc and Traminette from JOLO offers bright citrus and tropical aromas, is well balanced, bone dry and long on the palate. Platinum Award Winner at the 2019 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.”

94 Points 
Robert Whitley – January 22, 2019

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Golden Hallows Reserve

Gold Medal Award- 2024 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal Award- 94 Points 2023 Great White Wine Competition

Gold Medal Award- 2023 Mid Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal Winner and Best of White Wine Category 90 Points- 2023 NC Wine Competition

Gold Medal Winner- 90 Points 2022 Sommelier Challenge

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Golden Hallows

Gold Medal Award- 2024 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal Award 95 Points- 2023 Harvest Challenge, Sonoma CA

  • Judge Says: “Good blend, balanced aroma, gooseberry, distinctive, bitter lemon, good tension”

Gold Medal Award 94 Points- 2023 International East Meets West Wine Competition

  • Judge Says: “Beautiful fruit, apple, pear, spice. Good structure, well balanced”

Platinum Medal Award 94 Points- 2023 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition

  • Judge Says: “This producer keeps turning out the hits- whether white or red, you’ll find consistent quality. This dry white is a blend of Vidal and Traminette that sizzles with acidity and freshness. Tart citrus and stone fruit notes carry the day and finish brightly, keeping the fresh vibe rolling. I always love a treat from an unexpected locale.”

Gold Medal Award- 2023 Mid Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition

Gold Medal Award – 93 Points – 2023 International Winemaker’s Challenge

Gold Medal Award – 93 Points – 2023 International Winemaker’s Challenge – San Diego, CA

Gold Medal Award- 2023 Los Angeles Invitational Wine and Spirits Challenge

90 Points- 2022 American Wine Society Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal Award- 2022 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition

Gold Medal Award- 93 Points- 2022 International Winemakers Challenge San Diego CA

James Suckling Rating- 90 Points

Gold Medal Award- 2021 Carolina Classic Fair

Gold Medal Winner- 92 Points 2021 International Wine Makers Challenge

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Rose'

Double Gold Medal Award- 2024 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Gold Medal Award 92 Points- 2023 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition

Double Gold Medal Winner and Best of Rose Category- 2023 NC Wine Competition

Gold Medal Award- 2023 Experience Rose Wine Competition

Best of Show- 2023 American Fine Wines Competition Judge Sunny Fraser remarked, “When a wine from North Carolina is the Best in Show, it is reminiscent of a Judgment of Paris moment. There are no preconceived ideas in a blind tasting; you’re just judging what’s in the glass.”

Double Gold- 2023 San Francisco Chronicle

Gold Medal Award – 93 Points – 2023 International Winemaker’s Challenge – San Diego, CA

Best of Class- 2023 Los Angeles Invitational Wine and Spirits Challenge

Gold Medal Award- 2023 Los Angeles Invitational Wine and Spirits Challenge

Gold Medal Winner 90 Points- 2023 San Diego Wine and Spirits Competition

Gold- 2022 San Francisco Chronicle

James Suckling Rating- 90 Points

BEST OF SHOW ROSÉ
 2020 International Winemaker’s Challenge

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Dessert & Sparkling

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JOLO Sangria

Best of Show and Double Gold Medal Award- 2023 Mid Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition

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Muddy Paws

  • Double Gold Medal Award- 2023 Mid Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal Award Winner 91 Points- 20th Annual Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Gold Medal Winner  – 2021 Jefferson Cup Invitational | Kansas City, MO
  • 90 Points-2022 American Wine Society Wine Competition
  • James Suckling Rating- 90 Points
  • Gold Medal Award- 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal Award 90 POINTS- 2021 Harvest Challenge Sonoma California
  • Gold Medal Award- 2021 Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition
  • Best of Show Fortified Wine – 2021 International Sommelier challenge in San Diego California – 92 points
  • Gold Medal Award – 92 Points – 2020 International Sommelier challenge in San Diego California
  • Gold Medal Award – 2021 Carolina Classic Fair
  • DOUBLE Gold Medal Winner – 2019 Asheville Wine & Food Festival
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Happy Endings

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Beach Bubbles

  • Gold Medal Award 94 Points – Great American White Wine Competition
  • Double Gold Medal Award 96 Points- 2023 Harvest Challenge, Sonoma CA
    • Judge Says: “Notes of white spice with a deep tropical component. Well balanced”
  • Gold Medal Award 91 Points- 2023 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Gold Medal Award- 2023 Mid Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal Award- 2023 Los Angeles Invitational Wine and Spirits Challenge
  • 91 Points- 2022 American Wine Society Wine Competition
  • Double Gold Medal Award- 2022 NC State Wine Competition
  • Double Gold Winner – 2019 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition
  • Double Gold Winner 2018 Western Carolina Wine Competition
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Twinkles

  • Gold Medal Award 92 Points- 2023 Harvest Challenge, Sonoma CA
    • Judge Says: “Tropical fruit perfect acidity, orange & lemon zest, Mascarpone.”
  • Best of Class & Gold Medal Award 92 Points- 2023 International East Meets West Wine Competition
    • Judge Says: “Very nice expression of varietal, star fruit, well made.”
  • Gold Medal Award 90 Points- 2023 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Double Gold Medal Award- 2023 Mid Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition
  • Best of Class 97 Points- Experience Rose Wine Competition Santa Rosa, CA
  • Gold Medal Award Winner 92 Points- 20th Annual Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition 2023
  • Best of Class 94 Points- 2023 Los Angeles Invitational Wine and Spirits Challenge
  • Gold Medal Award- 2023 Los Angeles Invitational Wine and Spirits Challenge
  • Gold- 2022 San Francisco Chronicle
  • Best in Show – Sparkling Category 2020 NC Fine Wines Competition
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Sweet Vermouth

Best of Class & Gold Medal Award 90 Points- 2023 International East Meets West Wine Competition

    • Judge Says: “rich spicy, nice depth of flavor.”

Platinum Medal Award 94 Points- 2023 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition

Gold Medal Award- 2023 Mid Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition

Gold Medal Winner- 2023 NC Wine Competition

BEST IN SHOW (Desert/Port) – 2023 NC Fine Wines

Gold Medal Award – 91 Points – 2023 International Winemaker’s Challenge – San Diego, CA

Gold Medal Award- 2023 Los Angeles Invitational Wine and Spirits Challenge

Gold Medal Winner 91 Points- 2023 San Diego Wine and Spirits Competition

90 Points- 2022 American Wine Society Wine Competition

Gold Medal Award- 2022 NC State Wine Competition

Gold Medal Award- 2021 Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition

James Suckling Rating- 90 points

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