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

During this busy season, reservations are required 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.

During this busy season, reservations are required 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

Seeking a fun way to engage with your team, fundraise, or build community? Virtual wine tastings offer safe and entertaining team building, while supporting a local business and highlighting award winning wines. 

VIRTUAL TASTINGS

Seeking a fun way to engage with your team, fundraise, or build community? Virtual wine tastings offer safe and entertaining team building, while supporting a local business and highlighting award winning wines. 

BOUNTY OF VIRGINIA

Come celebrate the joy of the holiday season with an elegant and extravagant wine dinner that honors Virginia's bounty. Chef Tim Moore has created a 5-course dinner paired with newly released wines and award winning favorites, including our 2017 RISE and inaugural estate Sparkling release. Create merry memories of 2020 with this intimate and extraordinary dinner experience. 

BOUNTY OF VIRGINIA

Come celebrate the joy of the holiday season with an elegant and extravagant wine dinner that honors Virginia's bounty. Chef Tim Moore has created a 5-course dinner paired with newly released wines and award winning favorites, including our 2017 RISE and inaugural estate Sparkling release. Create merry memories of 2020 with this intimate and extraordinary dinner experience. 

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

We aren't currently offering our cottage for rental due to Covid restrictions. 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.

Thanksgiving Picks from Ben Jordan

You’ve got plenty to handle on your day of feasting and sharing special moments with your family; we’ll help out with the wine selection and getting these delicious bottles to you.

Select our Thanksgiving Trio or any 3+ bottles in our online shop and shipping is complimentary.

Ben's Thanksgiving Selections:

If you read our member club letters, you know that the holiday season is a special time for those of us who work with the rhythm of agriculture. All the labors of the growing season peak with the intense work of picking grapes and transforming them into wine. This season, with its record-long growing season and harvest and steady stream of curveballs was certainly no different. Come November, we are exhausted, maybe a little (blissfully) out of touch with what's going on in the world, and we are hungry. Whatever we lost during harvest, our bodies are set on regaining, and with the heat of the summer all but gone, we are primed for the feast ... and we crave time with our families and celebration, even if it will be a bit more intimate this year.

Since we make wine, we are excited to open bottles and toast this vintage with the bottles from past harvests. For Thanksgiving, we tend to want to drink American wine, which is easier now than it ever has been. I'll make the argument that Virginia's wine offerings are some of the more holiday flexible wines around. With moderate alcohols, an emphasis on poise over power, and a diverse selection of wine styles, we can make a go at complimenting the complexity of the Thanksgiving table.

And perhaps no bottle brings greater versatility than our Petit Manseng/Sauvignon Blanc blend, Five Forks – its vibrant fruit and racy acidity both brightens and wraps around the complex dishes on our Thanksgiving tables. With the added richness of the 2019 vintage, it can truly stand up to most any dish. For those seeking a red option Soif brings the same red fruit and versatility of Beaujolais, or other Gamay expressions. And our 2018 Chardonnay offers a balance of acid and fruit that makes us select this vintage over the riper 2019 for the table.

In the end, the most important wine pairing of the holidays is your guest and a glass of something they like, so there is never a better time to have an assortment on hand. In the interest of making the wine part of holiday meal prep a little easier, here are the bottles of Early Mountain wine that we think work particularly well with the coming feasts.

- Ben Jordan, Winemaker

The Ultimate Virginia Wine Country Getaway

Looking to escape the monotony of quarantine and go on a COVID-19-safe trip this weekend traveling some beautiful country roads? We took care of the itinerary, you take care of the therapeutic getaway. We were NOT sponsored by any of these destinations, they are just incredible Virginia spots we wholeheartedly recommend. Whether escaping from Richmond, VA or Northern Virginia/Washington DC, may we suggest:

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 umbrellas, tents, and sunshades, but is not fully protected from rain 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.

-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.

December 5-6th, Member Club Exclusive Harvest Weekend

We are so thrilled to welcome our Club members & their guests to an exclusive Holiday pick-up weekend!  

We'll be providing complimentary glasses of our new Estate Sparklign wine as well as a treat from Chef (two tastings per membership).

Early Mountain favorites, Paulo Franco and Joshua Walker, will keep us entertained with live music and Chef Tim Moore's winter menu will be available for order. We can't wait to host our Club Members to relax and celebrate the 2020 holiday season.

Nov. 18th - Wine and the White House Book Talk

Thank you for joining this Book Talk! The conversation is available HERE.

Join Jean Case and Early Mountain for a fascinating book talk exploring the White House Historical Association’s new book, Wine and the White House: A History. Joining Jean is Frederick J. Ryan Jr., author of the book and chairman of the board of directors at the White House Historical Association. Case and Ryan will delve into the stories in the book as well as the extensive research behind this fascinating tome.

Whether you’re a devotee of presidential history, a lover of wine, or both, Wine and the White House: A History is sure to prove informative and entertaining. The first book of its kind, it is a comprehensive journey through the history of White House hospitality that explores every president’s experience of wine. The fully illustrated pages also feature memorable presidential toasts, menus from historic White House gatherings, a catalog of vintages served, and spectacular new photography of the White House glassware collection.

Early presidents recognized the important function wine played in entertaining at the White House. While some appreciated and enjoyed wine, others considered it merely a ceremonial necessity. Still others campaigned to outlaw wine and banned it from the White House; their successors celebrated its return. More recently, all presidents, regardless of whether they enjoyed wine themselves, have used the White House as a venue to showcase the fine wines produced in the United States.

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)
11 am - 5 pm
11 am - 5 pm
11 am - 6 pm - Member Exclusive Weekend (Dec 5)
11 am - 6 pm -Member Exclusive Weekend (Dec 6)

ADDRESS

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