In July I was fortunate to have met with established Virginia vintner Chris Pearmund, and we discussed his latest wine venture in Virginia for a “Grate Bites” feature. At the time they were months and months (…and months) into the legalities of opening Effingham Manor Winery, located on an historic property in Nokesville (full story and the property’s history can be found here). Then a few weeks ago I happened to be at his flagship winery, Pearmund Cellars, when he received the news that his ABC license had been granted and they finally got the green light to open Effingham Manor to the public.
As a follow up, I wanted to pass along their announcement: This Saturday, Sept. 30 at 11:00 am there will be a dedication at Effingham Manor Winery whereby the historical marker (for the manor house and property) will be celebrated and the winery will officially open. These activities also serve to launch the 29th annual Virginia Wine Month, which occurs the entire month of October across the Commonwealth.
In the meantime, barrels are in place, grapes are harvested and more award-winning wines are on the way. If you are in the Virginia/DC area, do yourself a favor and savor some top-notch wine in a beautiful and storied location.
Effingham Manor Winery is open to the public daily from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.