Early Mountain Vineyards

  • Virginia, United States
Early Mountain Vineyards

Jean Case & her husband Steve founded Early Mountain Vineyards in 2012 in central Virginia. With a strong commitment to the vineyard as well as a fervent expression of place, Early Mountain’s mission is to craft high-quality wines and to support Virginia’s ascent as a world-class wine region. The Early Mountain team farms 55 acres and works with growers of other quality mountainside vineyard sites largely along the Eastern side of the Blue Ridge where the rocky soils, elevation, and slopes grow wines of distinction.

Winemaker Maya Hood White adjusts her winemaking to the vintage, with an approach of fermenting block-by-block utilizing ambient ferments, judicious stem inclusion, and low-intervention winemaking. The élevage for many of their wines includes long lees aging in large-format barrels to build complexity and texture. Renowned for their work with Petit Manseng and Cabernet Franc, Early Mountain approaches each vintage as an opportunity to further hone their winegrowing approach and share their knowledge with the burgeoning Virginia wine community. 

In addition to their vinifera wines, Early Mountain’s Young Wine series elevates hybrid grape varieties (Vidal Blanc & Chambourcin), seeking out quality sites and producing fresh, youthful wines with no additives.

Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB4181-21
Early Mountain Vineyards Young Wine White
2021
Vidal Blanc
The Young Wine series was created to use hybrid grapes, made in a natural way, to make delicious, fun, and accessible wines. 100% Vidal...
United States

DB4182-21
Early Mountain Vineyards Young Wine Red
2021
Chambourcin
The Young Wine series was created to use hybrid grapes, made in a natural way, to make delicious, fun, and accessible wines. 96%...
United States

DB4184-21
Early Mountain Vineyards Five Forks
2021
Petit Manseng
Petit Manseng 59%, Sauvignon Blanc 38%, Malvasia Bianca 2%, Muscat 1%. The Five Forks white blend is composed of hand-harvested fruit from...
United States

DB4183-21
Early Mountain Vineyards Foothills
2021
Cabernet Franc
Merlot 28%, Cabernet Sauvignon 28%, Petit Verdot 23%, Tannat 8%, Petit Manseng 8%, Cabernet Franc 5%. The Foothills red blend is composed...
United States

DB4180-20
Early Mountain Vineyards Petit Manseng
2020
Petit Manseng
Petit Manseng 93%, Pinot Gris 4%, Chardonnay 3%. Petit Manseng is very well suited to the heavy clay soils and humid climate of the area -...
United States

DB4179-21
Early Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc Shenandoah Valley
2021
Cabernet Franc
100% Cabernet Franc from two sites in the Shenandoah Valley; Baer Ridge and Shenandoah Springs Vineyard. The fruit was hand harvested in...
United States