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Early Mountain: Producing elegant wines that are both accessible and exceptional. Virginia through and through.

On weekends, reservations are recommended and available for Tasting Room, Patio, and Back Lawn seating. We look forward to welcoming you! RESERVE HERE.

Early Mountain: Producing elegant wines that are both accessible and exceptional. Virginia through and through.

On weekends, reservations are recommended and available for Tasting Room, Patio, and Back Lawn seating. We look forward to welcoming you! RESERVE HERE.

OUR WINES

Our wines are made through a combination of true grit and ingenuity. We listen to what vine, soil, and climate tell us. This is essential to creating and appreciating extraordinary wine.

OUR WINES

Our wines are made through a combination of true grit and ingenuity. We listen to what vine, soil, and climate tell us. This is essential to creating and appreciating extraordinary wine.

OUR VIRGINIA TABLE

We are proud to pair the best wines in Virginia with the best seasonal produce from local farms, artisanal cheeses from craft cheesemongers and charcuterie made in-house.

OUR VIRGINIA TABLE

We are proud to pair the best wines in Virginia with the best seasonal produce from local farms, artisanal cheeses from craft cheesemongers and charcuterie made in-house.

OUR TASTING ROOM

Visit our award-winning tasting room for Early Mountain estate wines as well as a curated selection of the best wines from all over the state of Virginia.

OUR TASTING ROOM

Visit our award-winning tasting room for Early Mountain estate wines as well as a curated selection of the best wines from all over the state of Virginia.

WEDDINGS

A premiere wedding venue in the heart of Virginia wine country, let us show you how the gorgeous Early Mountain can make your dream event a reality.

WEDDINGS

A premiere wedding venue in the heart of Virginia wine country, let us show you how the gorgeous Early Mountain can make your dream event a reality.

VIRTUAL TASTINGS

Bring our award-winning wines and tasting room experience to your home. Whether seeking to engage with your team, fundraise, or build community our virtual tastings offer a safe and entertaining experience for all-knowledge and interest levels.

VIRTUAL TASTINGS

Bring our award-winning wines and tasting room experience to your home. Whether seeking to engage with your team, fundraise, or build community our virtual tastings offer a safe and entertaining experience for all-knowledge and interest levels.

PRIVATE & CORPORATE EVENTS

Our winery and vineyards make the most unique and relaxed setting for your rehearsal dinner, shower, team outing or company party.

PRIVATE & CORPORATE EVENTS

Our winery and vineyards make the most unique and relaxed setting for your rehearsal dinner, shower, team outing or company party.

THE COTTAGE

Our charming guest cottage is nestled between a block of grapevines and our historic hilltop barn. An ideal spot for a romantic getaway or a writer’s retreat, it’s the perfect place to sip wine while the sun sets over the Blue Ridge foothills. Full Gallery arrow

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Creating wines unique to this place of Virginia.

OUR HISTORY

Inspired by tradition with a forward looking vision.

OUR VINEYARDS

Doing our best to make the wine the grapes want to be.

Our Team

People are at the heart of everything we do here.

Virginia is for Lovers

Experience the best Virginia has to offer.

Team Favorites

In celebration of International Women's Day, we asked some of the women leaders at Early Mountain to share their favorite wine picks. We hope you love these wines as much as we do!

Jenna Ford, Tasting Room Manager:

Cabernet Franc - all of them!

Ben's expression of Cabernet Franc is forever my go-to bottle of choice. His approach to focus on single vineyard sites allows for the true characteristics of the terroir to shine through while showcasing the versatility of the grape. I am always correlating my wine choice with my dinner plans and Cabernet Franc never lets me down. Ample fruit and a nod to classic earth driven qualities always has me wanting to pop open another bottle.


Melissa Rice, Events Director:

Bubbles, especially our new Traditional Method sparkling wine. Everything I do at Early Mountain is around creating special moments and celebration and the sound of a cork popping gives me so much joy. It doesn't hurt that our Brut is truly mouthwatering - it's bursting with lemon and green apple fruit with a salty finish.


Kristen Hall, Sous Chef:

Eluvium: It is a red that has softened with its age and it's nice to indulge in a glass or two on cool evenings after work with its dark berry flavor and hints of woody spice.

Maya Hood White, Associate winemaker & viticulturist:

Intention: Our white wine production has been constantly evolving, and over the last several years, the use of extended lees aging on higher acid varieties has become integral in the production of Petit Manseng and Intention.  My fondness for these wines stems from both the vineyard as well as their dynamics in the cellar.  While Petit Manseng is known for its hardiness in the vineyard and unique sensory attributes, I had not expected Sauvignon Blanc to demonstrate such a great affinity for the site.  

In 2017 we produced the first Intention blend with a coferment of Petit Manseng and Sauvignon Blanc; with Sauvignon Blanc elevating aromatics and Petit Manseng bringing the core and structure to the wine.  Twenty-two month lees aging in barrel, heightens the structure and texture even further and develops unique secondary and tertiary aromas.  

While admittedly I have a bias, as a consumer enjoying high acid and wines with high lees-impacts, seeing the natural progression towards this style with two varieties that appear so well suited to the EMV site has given me even more appreciation for the diversity of wines that can highlight a single site.  

Lee Campbell, Winery Representative, NY:

Petit Manseng: This is the wine that opened my eyes about the possibilities for winemaking in Virginia. Tasting it completely caught me off guard, and quite honestly, took my breath away. To tell you the truth, I was probably completely primed to love this wine. When I worked as a sommelier, I had developed a long-time love affair with the wines of Jurançon, the coastal Atlantic wine region in France from which the Petit Manseng grape hails. These wines are packed with gastronomic verve, and were some of the most compelling food wines I had ever experienced. Twenty years later, and I'm trying my first-ever Virginia Petit Manseng at Early Mountain, and it was almost as though my (tasting) life flashed before my eyes. I was suddenly tracing an electric line between the very first Jurançon I had ever tried (I still remember it...at a satisfying dinner I treated my very-much-on-a budget-self to at a French bistro in New York's Theatre District—where I had the audacity to pair this curious white wine with steak frites, and it worked marvelously), and the Petit Manseng at EMV. Needless to say, I've never looked back.

Aileen Sevier, VP of Strategy and Marketing:

Rosé: I love how seriously we take this not-so-serious wine. It has everything I enjoy in a bottle of wine- crisp, aromatic fruit, a range of flavors, versatile food pairing abilities. And it has the magical ability to evoke warm weather, joyful memories, and relaxing with friends.

Early Mountain Reopening Policies and Procedures

Welcome Back to Early Mountain

Policies and Procedures for your visit

We are thrilled to welcome you back to Early Mountain! The safety of our guests and our employees is our top priority.   We have enacted a series of guidelines that we are confident will allow us to host you with both exceptional hospitality and utmost safety.  We appreciate your visit and your understanding of these protocols.

Hours of Operation

Curbside pick-up: Monday to Wednesday 10 am – 4 pm, Thursday-Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

On-site service: Thursday - Sunday 11 am – 5 pm (with adjustments in the case of private events)

Reservations are strongly suggested and available on Tock

Your Visit

-We are pleased to welcome parties up to 10.  There is no fee or minimum spend for your reservation (with the exception of our Lawn Tent seating), but we kindly request that you cancel 48 hours in advance if your plans change.  

-When you make your reservation, please select whether you would like to be seated indoors, outdoors, or in the back lawn tent seating. Our outdoor seating includes heaters, a fire place and fire pits, but is open air so may require cancellation pending inclement weather and availability of indoor seating.

-Children are welcome, but we ask that they be kept in your table area and follow all the protocols outlined here. We ask that you not bring lawn games or outdoor toys that would extend beyond your area.

-Leashed dogs are welcome in our outdoor area.  We are licensed as a restaurant so are unable to have them indoors.

-Enjoy our seasonal menu, Early Mountain wines by the glass or bottle, as well as a curated selection of “Best of Virginia” wines. We cannot allow outside food in the patio or indoor seating or alcoholic beverages anywhere on the property.

-For our Picnic Table reservations, you are welcome to bring your own food and we will have a walk-up bar available for bottle or glass purchases and to-go food options.  To reserve this option, please email cheers@earlymountain.com

-Upon arrival, please check in with our host stand at the front of the tasting room.  If there is a party in front of you, please maintain 6 foot spacing at this point and throughout the property.

-All patio, lawn tents, and indoor tables will be serviced by our Early Mountain team.  Our picnic tables will be serviced by a walk-up bar.

Wine Club

-Wine club members will receive a complimentary glass of wine for up to two guests (in lieu of tastings) for each visit to Early Mountain.  They will receive a 15% discount on all purchases of Early Mountain wine and a 25% discount on all 12+ bottle purchases.

-Our Wine Club will have preferential seating placements pending availability.

Safety & Hygiene

-For the safety of everyone, our service team will be wearing facial coverings and gloves at all times.  We require that our guests also wear facial coverings while moving around the common areas of the property, including the restrooms and while arriving and leaving. We will have disposable masks available for use if you need one, or branded cloth masks for purchase.

-We will have single-use menus.  We will be using single use eco-friendly dishware for our food service and stemless glassware for our wine service in the picnic area.  You are welcome to keep your glass with our compliments.  

-All tables will be spaced a minimum of 8 feet apart in the outdoor space and 6 feet apart indoors.

-We ask that you follow designated traffic patterns while moving through the property and request that you respect barriers and marked spacing.

-We will have hand sanitation stations available upon arrival and throughout the property.

-Restrooms will be serviced at the top of every hour and the cleaning will be detailed on a log sheet. All high touch surfaces will be sanitized thoroughly throughout the property. We will have gloves available next to every restroom door if you would like to use them.

-All guest tables will be cleaned, sanitized, allowed to air dry, and pre-set prior to your arrival. We use certified disinfectants against corona viruses.

-Each employee is required to take their temperature daily and successfully answer a series of health screening questions before beginning their shift

-We will be logging a contact for every party that assist with contact tracing if necessary.  We ask that you inform us if anyone in your party tests positive for Covid-19 within a two-week period of your visit.

While our service and offerings are adapted in response to COVID-19 to protect your health and safety, as well as our other guests and our team members, our hospitality remains the same. We are committed to providing you with a great experience and cannot wait to serve you!

We will continue to listen to you and to improve the experience on a daily basis, so we can continue to accomplish our mission: providing you with the best wine experience in Virginia, in a fun, beautiful and safe environment.

Early Mountain's Commitment

In the aftermath of the George Floyd murder, Early Mountain muted all marketing and sales and postponed all planned activities to allow other voices to be heard and to start a period of reflection on how we can use our privilege and platform to create sustainable changes at our winery, in the wine industry and in the state of Virginia.

We have listened and thought deeply as a team about how we can be active participants in fostering racial equity and driving change at our winery and in the wine world. There is much that can be done. As a Virginia winery and a social enterprise that has committed that all profits will go to supporting the Virginia wine industry, we know that denouncing racism and celebrating diversity is not enough and we are committed to actions to make an impact.

We will share more information as we roll out new initiatives in this area.

Trevor Noah & José Andres highlight Early Mountain Rosé

In case you missed it, check out last night's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.  His guest, Chef José Andres, highlighted the amazing work being done by World Central Kitchen to combat hunger during the Covid-19 Crisis.

We're proud to be a Rosé that helps power José and his work. Here is an excerpt or check out the full clip here.

Mother's Day Weekend

Come raise a glass to Mom! We'll be featuring an array of wine specials including a "Best of Virginia" Rosé flight and a special 4-course menu expertly paired with Early Mountain wines. Enjoy live music from 1 - 4 pm and gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountain views.

Can't join us in person? Ship a Pasta Pair gift pack or pre-order a local bouquet from Sweet Greens farm (for pick-up at the Tasting Room). Cheers!

HOURS

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

11 am - 6 pm
10 am - 4 pm (pickup only)
10 am - 4 pm (pickup only)
11 - 6 pm
11 - 6 pm
11 - 6 pm
11 - 6 pm

ADDRESS

Early Mountain Vineyards
6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison VA 22727
540.948.9005
cheers@earlymountain.com