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Early Mountain: Producing elegant wines that are both accessible and exceptional. Virginia through and through.
The Early Mountain tasting room will currently remain closed in this Phase 1 period, but our online store is open 24/7 and we have curbside pick-up available everyday 10 am - 4 pm. Read more here.
Early Mountain: Producing elegant wines that are both accessible and exceptional. Virginia through and through.
The Early Mountain tasting room is closed, but curbside pick up is open 10 am - 4 pm everyday and our online store is open 24/7. Stay Safe!

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.

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

From hosting founding fathers to wine connoisseurs.

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.

Update on Early Mountain - Phase 1

Dear Early Mountain Community,

We are incredibly thankful for your ongoing support throughout this challenging time. It is wonderful to see so many of you join our virtual tastings, purchase wine through EarlyMountain.com, and support the many fine wine stores that carry EMV wines. We are proud of the way that those who have visited us in the past and those who have discovered us through our virtual events, and through recommendations from friends and wine merchants, have bought EMV wines to drink while they “Stay At Home”.

While we are eager to reopen the tasting room at Early Mountain, we continue to put a priority on the safety, health and well-being of guests, employees and community. Virginia is allowing some establishments to open on a limited Phase I basis; however, we have determined that a further period of evaluation prior to opening our doors to the public is warranted.  We are currently planning on opening for an exclusive wine club member pick-up weekend on June 12th-14th.  We will be posting further updates as to any planned opening of the Tasting Room in the coming days.

We believe that patience and care need to be prioritized and will be monitoring this changing situation very carefully to ensure that Early Mountain continues to be the special destination that you know and love. In the meantime, our attention will remain on our vineyards and production facilities where our focus on quality is unwavering and making sure our wines are available to you through our online shop and curbside pickup.  We will also continue to craft thoughtful virtual tastings for our community to enjoy and are working on additional offerings to highlight craft Virginia products as well as sharing some special additional discounts as our way of saying thanks for your support.  

I hope you are staying safe and well and I look forward to raising a glass of wine with you soon.


Cheers,

Dave Kostelnik, General Manager

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.

Early Mountain Biscuit Brunch

While my quarantine cooking regime started with elaborate doughs that required three separate rises and two days of planning, I quickly settled into a routine of reliable, delicious recipes that require far less planning or time. These biscuits have become a fixture in my kitchen – within 20 minutes, I can pull a tray of warm goodness from the oven, perfect on their own, or topped with honey, chutney, or one of my favorite sweet or savory recipes below to complete the brunch, meal or snack. The heavenly aroma and joy of wrapping them in a fresh tea towel was the inspiration behind this “Biscuit Brunch” gift pack. It includes the dry ingredients for Cathead Biscuits, named for the supposed size comparison, though my daughters call them Kittenhead Biscuits. We also included some locally crafted add-ons (Elysium honey! Virginia Chutney!) as well as a hand-stamped tea towel from local Charlottesville artist Emily Ruth Prints to wrap the warm biscuits. And no gift would be complete without some delicious bottles of Early Mountain wine.

We hope that this gift brings joy to each recipient! Please share pictures of how you dress them up or enjoy them just as they are, fresh from the oven.

Cheers,

Aileen Sevier, Director of Marketing (aka Biscuit Fanatic)

Cathead Biscuits

Adapted from "Secrets of the Southern Table" -Virginia Willis

Dry Ingredients (included in the Ball Jar):

3 cups White Lily flour + 4 T to roll

1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt

Fresh Ingredients (Not included)

6 T. cold unsalted butter - cut into pieces

1 1/2 cups buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk, use 1 ½ cups milk +1 ½ tablespoons fresh

lemon juice or white distilled vinegar

Preheat Oven to 500°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, combine the jar ingredients with the cold butter and cut together with a pastry cutter or two knives until it resembles course meal.

Add buttermilk and combine until just mixed. It will be a shaggy mass.

Turn out on a lightly floured surface and knead 4-5 times gently.

Using a lightly floured rolling pin (or empty wine bottle) roll out to about 1 inch thick. Using a 3-4 inch cutter (or large glass), dip it in flour and then cut out biscuit shapes. Transfer to baking sheet with about 1 in. spacing.

Bake until golden brown 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool slightly. Serve warm and fresh with jam or honey. Makes 6-7 biscuits.

Or if you’d like to turn your biscuits into a full meal, top with a delicious savory dish. I love Lee Bailey’s Tarragon Creamed River Shrimp & Chicken, simplified below:

Creamed Shrimp, adapted from Lee Bailey’s recipe in Southern Food & Plantation Cooking

Ingredients:

¾ cup butter

½ cup chopped green onion (or sub small diced yellow onion)

Small bunch of fresh herbs such as tarragon (my favorite!) or thyme

1 cup chopped red pepper (yellow or orange are fine too! I don’t like green)

2 cups thick sliced fresh mushrooms (or if you or your children dislike mushrooms, peas are a delicious substitute)

¾ cup dry white wine (Pinot Gris is delicious!)

2 cup shrimp, smaller sized (or crawfish tails – Costco has frozen langoustine that is also delicious in this recipe).

Chopped chicken breast can also work)

2 Tablespoons flour

2 cups Half and Half (or Whole milk, which is what I usually use)

Dash of nutmeg or paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

Melt ¼ cup butter in a large saucepan and add the onion. Sauté until softened (1 minute for green onion, 4-5 minutes for yellow onion). Add the mushroom and red pepper and continue to sauté a few minutes. Add ½ cup of the white wine and turn up the heat. (Pour yourself a glass if you haven’t yet! Cooking deserves a reward ;)) Once the wine is half evaporated, add the shrimp (or chicken, or crawfish, or a combination). Sauté until cooked through. If you are using peas instead of mushrooms, add once the shrimp is almost done cooking. Remove from heat.

In a new saucepan, add ½ cup butter and melt over medium heat. Once the butter is bubbly, add the flour and whisk. Turn to low and let cook, continuing to whisk, until the flour smells slightly toasty. Whisk in the milk or half and half, continuing to whisk. If it starts to clump, just keep whisking until it smooths. Keep over low heat until there are some lazy bubbles and the sauce thickens. Add the remaining wine (1/4 cup) and some fresh chopped herbs. Season with salt and pepper, a few grates of fresh nutmeg (optional) or some sweet paprika. Whisk again. Combine the seafood/veggies with the sauce and warm through. Serve over fresh Cathead Biscuits with a sprinkling of paprika and fresh herbs on top.

Taste of Virginia: Partners in Wine

Join us (virtually) to celebrate our "Partners in Wine" in Virginia and D.C., Williams Corner. This Charlottesville-based importer specializes in natural wines from around the globe, seeking out producers who hand-pick, naturally ferment, and eschew the use of commercial processing in their wines.  

Nicolas Mestre will join us to share how and why he built Williams Corner on his philosophy and focus on natural winegrowers, while also sharing the stories behind these stunning wines.  We hope you'll join us for this unique "Taste of Virginia" where we explore the globe with this Virginia-based wine distributor.

We'll taste:
-Prosecco Col Fondo Ca' dei Zago 2018
(stunning bubbles from the Valdobbiadene sub-region or Prosecco)

-Dirty & Rowdy Familiar Blanc 2018
(partial skin fermentation blend of Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Muscat)

-Early Mountain Young Wine Red 2019
(100% Chamborcin, native yeasts, no additives)

-Clos des Mourres "Tandem"Côtes de Rhône
(earthy Rhône blend from a 10 hectare hillside vineyard in Southeastern France)

HOURS

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

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

ADDRESS

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