Our History

Our History

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Early Mountain sits on land with a deep and rich history. The first landowner of the property was Revolutionary War veteran Lieutenant Joseph Early, who served under General George Washington at Valley Forge. After Early’s death, Washington later visited the farm remarking in his journal about the warm hospitality provided by Early’s family.

Our History

In 2005, Jess and Sharon Sweely planted the first vineyards on the property. Jean Case and her husband, Steve, purchased the property in 2010 and, after some renovations, re-opened it under the Early Mountain brand in 2012. 

In 2015, Early Mountain expanded its acreage to include Quaker Run Vineyard, 14 miles north of the Early Mountain estate in Madison County. That year, Early Mountain increased its acreage of classic Bordeaux-type varietals such as Cabernet Franc and Merlot and added new varietals including Malvasia Bianca, Sauvignon Blanc, and Tannat. 

Our History

In 2016, Early Mountain Vineyards was voted the number one tasting room in the nation by USA Today in its 10Best Readers Choice contest.

Guests may visit our tasting room for our award-winning wines or to dine in our restaurant. Our Wine Club also allows customers to receive our wines quarterly and to attend special events at the winery.