June 12, 2020
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)
-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 firstname.lastname@example.org
-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 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.
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 EarlyMountain.com, 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
May 6, 2020
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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."
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.