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Update on Early Mountain - Phase 1

May 14, 2020

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, 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.


Dave Kostelnik, General Manager

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Trevor Noah & José Andres highlight Early Mountain Rosé

May 6, 2020

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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Eluvium 2015 named "Top 100 American Wine-2018" by James Suckling

December 27, 2018

We are so thrilled to share that famed wine critic James Suckling has named Early Mountain's Eluvium 2015 (95 pts) to his "Top 100 American Wine" list. Suckling tasted over 3,300 American wines in 2018 and this is the first year that he highlights wines from throughout the United States instead of a concentrated Napa/Sonoma list. He has been a leader in highlighting the innovative work being done in emerging wine regions, including Virginia, and we are honored to be on this illustrious list.

This honor follows numerous other highlights for Eluvium including a spot in the Governor's Case earlier this year. Forbes contributor Katie Kelly Bell answers "Eluvium" in her gift guide... when asked the question, "can you suggest a nice gift wine in the $50?".

And VinePair recently awarded it an A+ encouraging that "It is time to start paying attention to Virginia wine and this is just one example of how beautiful they can be. Thomas Jefferson would swoon over this Bordeaux style blend that sings with elegance and depth. The tannins are well entwined into the wine, allowing the notes of cedar and wood spice to waft into warm plum and a whisper of vanilla."

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Wine Enthusiast Nominates Early Mountain- American Winery of the Year, 2018

September 6, 2018

We are so honored and pleased to share that Early Mountain Vineyards has been nominated “American Winery of the Year” for the prestigious Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards. Early Mountain is the first Virginia winery, and first East coast winery outside of New York, to be recognized. Each year, Wine Enthusiast honors outstanding achievements in the wine and alcoholic beverage world. The winners will be announced in the magazine’s special “Best of Year” issue.

To get a taste of our award winning wines visit our online store or one of our wine shop or restaurant partners. To read the full list and learn more visit

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Early Mountain declared a winery "riding a rocket" "3 Stars-Exceptional"

May 21, 2018

Dave McIntyre's May 18th Washington Post column singled out Early Mountain and our 2017 Rosé in his article There are more good rosés than ever, including a Virginia stunner.

Dave writes, "Early Mountain is a Virginia winery riding a rocket. Since Jean and Steve Case, of AOL fame, bought the property in 2011, they have invested in the facility and the vineyards, renovating the former and expanding the latter. They have also brought in an exceptional team headed by chief winemaker Ben Jordan. Current releases include delicious chardonnay and cabernet franc from Quaker Run Vineyard, a leased property in the Blue Ridge foothills."  And he awarded the 2017 Rosé his highest score of 3 Stars, Exceptional.

For full article visit here.