Early Mountain Vineyards offers the finest food and wine program in Virginia along with an amazing venue and exceptional customer orientation.
Early Mountain Vineyards was previously a grand but financially failing winery. It was rescued by Steve and Jean Case, formerly of AOL and now of Revolution and the Case Foundation. They operate it as a social enterprise, with profits earmarked to help advance the wine industry in Virginia. As such, Early Mountain really is a representation of the best of Virginia.
The tasting and dining space was decorated with comfy furniture groupings, natural colors and a great design esthetic to capture a warm and cozy feeling.
A locally-sourced, small plate menu was designed by the Case’s executive chef. The kitchen serves options that pair well with the wines. It is one of my favorite lunch venues.
Through their “Best of Virginia” program, the Early Mountain staff have curated a spot-on list of some of Virginia’s best wines-of-the-moment. Cider flights are also offered. The guest wines are served in addition to Early Mountains growing list of offerings.
Tastings are available at the tasting bar. Seated tastings are another option.
Outside, Adirondack chairs, fire pits and s’more kits (for sale just inside) capture the feeling of a lodge in winter. Warm weather seasons bring their own joys to make long-traveling visitors feel like lingering there in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Weddings and parties of all sizes can be accommodated. Picnics are also welcome and there is ample parking for buses and limos.
From Northern Virginia/D.C., take Rte 66 West to Rte 29 South; at Rte. 230/Wolftown Hood Road, turn right & continue 1.5 miles to winery on right.
From Charlottesville, take Rte. 29 North; at Rte. 230/Wolftown Hood Road, turn left & continue 1.5 miles to winery on right.
From Richmond, take I-64 West.; take Exit 136/Rte. 15 to Gordonsville; continue into Gordonsville & at the Gordonsville rotary, take Rte. 33 West; follow to Rte. 29 and right going north; turn left onto Rte. 230 West/Wolftown Hood Road and continue 1.5 miles to winery on right.
Thanks to Nancy Bauer of Virginia Wine in My Pocket for developing the original draft.