Visiting Early Mountain - Overview & FAQs

June 3, 2021

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 if you have any additional questions.  

Hours of Operation

On-site service: Thursday - Sunday 11 am – 5 pm (with adjustments in the case of private events- the most up to date hours will be listed on our home page). We will be open again on Mondays starting November 1st!

Curbside pick-up: All On-site Service hours & Monday - 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.

Early Mountain Oyster Bar

September 30, 2020

We’re bringing the bounty of the Eastern Seaboard to you, paired with our award-winning wines for this special long weekend (October 8th-12th). Chef Tim Moore has crafted a delicious seafood menu and Big Island Aquaculture will be shucking their oysters, served on the half shell direct from the beautiful, pristine body of water nestled between the York River and the Mobjack Bay in Hayes, Virginia.

Come enjoy live music (Sat. and Sun.), mountain views, and exceptional Virginia wines enjoyed in your choice of Tasting Room (indoor), Patio, or Picnic Table reservations. No entrance fee, reservations strongly recommended.

The Oyster Bar menu includes:

Raw Oysters on the half shell with Champagne Mignonette and Cocktail Sauce, half dozen 14, dozen 24

Buttermilk Fried Oysters with Remoulade 14

Crabcake Sandwich with Route 11 Chips 16

Mushroom Cake Sandwich with Route 11 Chips 16

New England Clam Chowder 8

Maine Lobster Salad 24

Old Bay French Fries w/ Yum Yum Sauce 6

Pickled Mushrooms 6

Marinated Olives 6

Charcuterie & Cheese 22

Whipped Feta 12

Baguette: Whole 6 Half 4

Ice Cream Sandwich 6

Rumble in the Vineyard: Ben vs Ben, Winemaker Dinner

July 26, 2018

Come join this harvest dinner featuring Ben Jordan, winemaker at Early Mountain Vineyards as he also presents his "side gig" Lightwell Survey. Nathan Beauchamp, Executive Chef at Primrose, will be in the kitchen and is crafting a five course menu, each course paired with an Early Mountain+ Lightwell Survey selection. Ben will share the story behind each wine and friendly competition will ensue.  Come "weigh in" with us at this Rumble in the Vineyard. $95/ticket +tax +tip

Contact: with any questions and to purchase tickets.

Who’s Cooking?

Nathan Beauchamp, Executive Chef at Primrose

When?  Sept 7th, 7 pm

Where? Early Mountain Vineyards  

How do folks get to go?:  Reserve your spot by emailing or by calling (540) 948 9005

Tickets are $95/person + tax + tip

FUN FACT:This dinner celebrates the 117thanniversary of the end of the Boxer Rebellion (September 7th, 1901).  We feel this momentous occasion requires celebration.    

Featured Wines (seasonal menu will be crafted week of the dinner):

Welcome:Early Mountain Brut Reserve 2014

Early Mountain Rosé 2017 + Lightwell Survey Dark Days Rosé 2017

Early Mountain Foothills 2016 + Lightwell Survey Los Idiots 2016

Early Mountain Shenandoah Valley Cabernet Franc 2016 + Lightwell Survey The Weird Ones are Wolves 2016

Early Mountain Petit Manseng 2016 + Lightwell Survey Hinterman 2016

Guest Pouring at Early Mountain!

February 4, 2013

Join us as we welcome Luke and Toni Kilyk from Granite Heights Winery to Early Mountain on Saturday, March 9. John will be pouring samples of their 2008 Lomax Reserve that is featured in our tasting room.

2008 Lomax Reserve Tasting Notes
Rich Bordeaux-style; deep ruby color, complex notes of stewed dark fruits (black cherries, figs), tobacco, violet, allspice, orange peel, with a long and smooth finish.About Granite Heights

Owners, Luke and Toni Kilyk, bought the initial piece of what is now known as Granite Heights in 1997. The most recent expansions of the current farmland occurred in 2007.

From the day they bought the property and moved to the farm, they have always believed in doing almost everything on their own when it comes to landscaping and farming. On the farm, they cut the grass, constructed the deer fencing for the vineyard, designed the vineyard, and so on. Now, with some time sensitive projects, they have had the help of additional folks, but they are right beside them getting their hands dirty. Their owner beliefs are simple -- they do not want to watch someone else do the job, if they can do the job themselves or with them. They have been and will be involved in every step that this farm takes (including designing the web site, designing and printing the wine and jam labels and so on).While you are here buy a bottle to take home and see if you can find Ashby, their late terrier, who can be seen hidden on every label!

Tailgate with Early Mountain Vineyards

January 24, 2013

Ready for Super Bowl XLVII? Whether your team made it to the championship or you're a fan of the high profile commercials--we can't wait for you to tailgate with us!
From Sunday, January 27 to Super Bowl Sunday, February 3 we will be offering a special tailgate menu in our Market Place to get you ready for game day. Tasty items include Potato Skins, Nachos, Wings and even a Sampler Platter for those who like to try a little of everything. Eachitem is perfectly paired with one of our Early Mountain wines or a local Virginia Cider.

Potato Skins
Four potato skins baked with Mountain View Farms Marmac Cheddar& Olli Salumeria Prosciutto. Topped with sour cream and fresh chives.
Perfect Pairing: Castle Hill Celestial Cider
Early Mountain Wings
Six wings dry-rubbed and baked with Masguapo spice blend. Served with homemade blue cheese dressing.
Perfect Pairing: Potter's Craft Farmhouse Dry Cider
Nana Cocina tortilla chipstopped with Mountain View Farms Marmac Cheddar, Feast! Salsa, black beans, shredded lettuce & sour cream.
Perfect Pairing: 2011 Early Mountain Vineyards Pinot Gris
Sampler Platter
Perfect for a larger group or if you cannot decide! This platter has four potato skins, six wings and nachos!