Sunny Days, Virginia Oysters & the Best VA Wine
Posted on April 07, 2017
After a mild winter, Spring came early for us this year at Early Mountain as we welcomed guests to our annual Spring Oyster Festival the first weekend of March. In Virginia, it can be a risky season to gamble with March, after all we’ve had both snow and 85-degree weather within a month. And yet, we decided to take our chances, which resulted in the perfect weekend we had envisioned, full of oysters, wine, and fun for the whole family - our best Oyster Festival yet!
Ready for anything, we designed a festival within the walls of the winery, complete with live music from The Currys and Blake Esse, oysters from Rappahannock Oyster Company, and fried chicken from our own Chef Ryan, all pairing perfectly with our spring wines. We received great reviews of the service, wine, and atmosphere, but what made the event so successful were our guests. 918 people walked through our doors over the course of those two days - a far greater turnout than we expected and had ever seen in our eight previous Oyster Festivals. They raved about the wine, chicken, oysters, and bands. And the weather? It expanded our indoor event to the rolling hills that surround our winery. People strolled the grounds, many with their dogs, and gazed upon the panoramic views as they walked comfortably soaking up the Spring sun and air.
We pride ourselves on our statement that people are at the core of what we do. We strive to be a place where people can leave behind the stressors of life - even just for an hour - and enjoy the company of family and friends over a glass of Virginia wine. Events like our semi-annual Oyster Festivals always remind us that our friends appreciate our dedication to people, to the beautiful place we have in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and to making the best Virginia wine. Cheers!