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

Reservations are recommended and available for Tasting Room and Patio seating to enjoy our Virginia Table experience. RESERVE HERE.

The Meadow seating is open for walk-ins or reservations for groups of 7 to 14. We look forward to welcoming you!

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

Reservations are recommended and available for Tasting Room and Patio seating to enjoy our Virginia Table experience. RESERVE HERE.

The Meadow seating is open for walk-ins or reservations for groups of 7 to 14. We look forward to welcoming you!

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 and charcuterie and dishes thoughtfully crafted by our culinary team.

OUR VIRGINIA TABLE

We are proud to pair the best wines in Virginia with the best seasonal produce from local farms, artisanal cheeses and charcuterie and dishes thoughtfully crafted by our culinary team.

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 venue at 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 venue at 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.

THE MEADOW

The Meadow offers stunning views and a casual, relaxing experience. We offer a selection of wine flights and Early Mountain wines by the glass and bottle from our walk-up pavillion. We work with local producers to craft delicious sandwiches & salads for you to enjoy at picnic table seating with umbrellas.

THE MEADOW

The Meadow offers stunning views and a casual, relaxing experience. We offer a selection of wine flights and Early Mountain wines by the glass and bottle from our walk-up pavillion. We work with local producers to craft delicious sandwiches & salads for you to enjoy at picnic table seating with umbrellas.

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.

Visiting Early Mountain - Overview & FAQs

Welcome to Early Mountain

FAQ’s and Tips for your Visit

We are thrilled to welcome you to Early Mountain! Pairing spectacular hospitality experiences with our world class wines is our passion and we cannot wait to share Early Mountain with you. We hope that this overview helps guide you to your ideal visit. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at cheers@earlymountain.com if you have any additional questions.  

Hours of Operation

On-site service: Thursday – Monday 11 am – 6 pm (with adjustments in the case of private events- the most up to date hours will be listed on our home page)

Curbside pick-up: All On-site Service hours & Tuesday - Wednesday 10 am – 4 pm

Reservations are strongly suggested and available on Tock.

Your Visit

We are pleased to welcome parties up to 10 in our Tasting Room and parties up to 14 in The Meadow.  There is no fee or minimum spend for your reservation, 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 a full-service or more casual experience. For full-service, select to be seated indoors in our Tasting Room or outdoors on our Patio. At these tables, you can select wines by the flight, glass or bottle with our full Early Mountain offerings as well as our Best of Virginia selections from other Virginia wineries. You can also order delicious snacks or a full meal from Executive Chef Tim Moore’s menu.

If you prefer a more casual experience or would like to book for a group larger than 10, select our Meadow. The Meadow offers stunning views and picnic table seating with umbrellas. It is serviced by a walk-up bar for a selection of wine flights and Early Mountain wines by the glass and bottle as well as a menu with assorted sandwiches and salads. We accept reservations of 7-14 guests and welcome walk-ins to this area as well. There is also an extensive lawn if you’d like to bring blankets or your own chairs to spread out and enjoy our wines and Meadow fare.

No outside food or alcoholic beverages are allowed on our property.

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'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.

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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