Pearmund Cellars in Broad Run, Virginia has been voted one of Virginia’s Best Wineries by Virginia Wine Lovers. They have numerous awards ranging from Best Winery, Best Winemaker, and many awards for their wines over the years.
We made a stop at Pearmund Cellars on a Saturday, with snow still covering the ground. Our first impressions: oh my goodness, look at these acres of vines! Entering the winery, visitors drive along the gravel road through fields of vines. It is beautiful. Entering the tasting room, it was spacious and welcoming. We walked right up to the tasting counter and began to explore.
The tastings at Pearmund Cellars were $10 plus tax, with three whites and six reds to sample during the time of our visit. The bottles of wine for purchase from the menu were $25 for all but the 2013 Ameritage Reserve, which was $39. They also had a Farm Use wine available for $15 that was not on the tasting menu. A few notes on the wines:
- 2014 Petit Manseng – this was our favorite white we sampled (and the bottle we bought.) This wine had a light sweetness and tropical notes.
- 2013 Viognier – a lighter Viognier compared to others I have sampled in Virginia. This wine had a more floral taste, aged in a combination of stainless steel followed by oak.
- 2013 Old Vine Chardonnay – this wine is a signature of Pearmund Cellars. The Chardonnay grapes are estate-grown, with around 15 acres of the vine on property. The vines are some of the oldest in Virginia, at approximately 37 years old. I like a light, buttery Chardonnay and preferred this wine over other Chardonnays.
- 2013 Cabernet Franc – there was a light pepper nip to this Cabernet Franc, but not overwhelming. The wine was smooth and fairly light for a Cabernet Franc.
- 2013 Ameritage – a very smooth read with oak influence. Of the two Ameritage wines on the tasting menu, this was my favorite. (A blend of five varietals)
- 2013 Ameritage Reserve – for some reason, this wine brought me to the side of a campfire. There was a smokiness I enjoyed. (A blend of three varietals)
On the tasting menu, they have paired their wines with food available for purchase at the Winery. They also had a small selection of books amongst other unique gifts available for purchase. I bought “Nose, Legs, Body” by Len Napolitano — keep an eye out for a new review on this book coming soon to vawineuncorked.com!
They have a nice indoor and outdoor space for relaxing and enjoying the wines purchased. Unfortunately, we could not explore too far because of the snow still covering the fields from the recent storm, but it was pretty to look at! One note to keep in mind if you plan to visit with your four-legged friends: dogs are allowed outside, but not inside the tasting room.
Pearmund Cellars is close by Northern Virginia and near other wineries, including The Winery at Bull Run, Vint Hill Craft Winery (I have not yet been here, but hope to visit soon) and Paradise Springs. Enjoy your tasting, and share your favorite Pearmund Cellars’ wines with us!