Early Mountain's COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Early Mountain's COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Posted on March 14, 2020

This blog will be updated with adjustments as we all grapple with the developing COVID-19 pandemic.

March 17th:

The Early Mountain tasting room will close for a minimum of two weeks to ensure we are following best guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Governor Northam. We will keep you updated. Ouronline store is open 24/7 and will continue to be serviced with complimentary shipping for any 3+ bottle order. We are happy to offer suggestions on any wine orders and look forward to welcoming you back to Early Mountain as soon as we are able. Also, stayed tuned for options to join virtual tastings and other ways to stay connected in the weeks ahead.

March 16th:

The Early Mountain tasting room will close on Monday March 16th and Tuesday March 17th to enact additional deep cleaning measures and assess the best way forward for our various business units.

March 14th:

The safety and health of our staff, our members, and our community are our top priority. We have decided to cancel our Oyster Festival this weekend. While we have no knowledge of COVID-19 exposure and Central Virginia is not a hot spot, a gathering of almost 500 guests traveling from throughout the region creates an unnecessary risk. Our Tasting Room will operate under our usual hours at this point (11 am – 5 pm) though we are dramatically limiting guests to allow appropriate social distancing. We are also only offering bottle and glass sales and using stemless glassware that we welcome our guests to take home. These decisions are to limit unnecessary contact and protect our staff and guests.

For the past two weeks, we have also increased sanitation measures in our tasting room, event spaces, and offices, especially by continuously disinfecting high touch areas such as our i-pads, door handles, and other areas. We are transitioning to single use paper menus, installing two disinfecting stations in the tasting room, and disinfecting furniture and tables between seatings and I-pads between uses. This weekend, we have set up a pick up station in our Event Hall so that our Club Members may pick up their shipments with ease - we can also assist with carry out wine orders. For anyone who would like wine delivered, we have initiated free shipping via our website store.

Our glassware and dish ware is washed with high temperature disinfection and our staff are all trained in the recommendations from the World Health Organization WHO. We have initiated additional sick day benefits to ensure that our staff stays home when they are sick or if they need to quarantine in the future.

Looking ahead, knowing that the vineyards don't have a pause button we have taken additional measures to protect our vineyard and winery team. Our vineyard crew has been divided into two teams and we're limiting any interaction between the two groups. Our production team is also remaining separate from our hospitality teams so that there is less risk to transmission. We encourage everyone to practice similar separation as possible in their lives.

More than anything, let's support each other in this uncertainty. We welcome you as our winery family to be well, enjoy our wines in the comfort of your home or in our tasting room, and be safe with your family and friends.


Dave Kostelnik, General Manager