Early Mountain Vineyards, Madison
Categories: Wineries & Vineyards, Food & Drink
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This was a pleasant surprise, good wines, beautiful setting, good food, pretty views of countryside. There is not a whole lot to do in surrounding area but we were doing wine tasting and national park... read more »
It was voted #1 because the wine is good, the atmosphere is good and the people are nice. We stopped in for our anniversary after reading about it in the paper, and seeing it was voted #1. The lunch o... read more »
Farm to table delicious food awaits you, along with great wines! We loved the view on the patio, but the entire facility was amazing!
Came here after getting a recommendation from a local B&B we were staying at. The winery is gorgeous, and everything started out great. We got 2 flights, and a local cheese and meat sampler. Delicious. What made us decide on a 1 star review was the service. It was that bad. Our server was the blonde woman with the British accent. She brought us our flights, and we basically never saw her again. The tables all around us were served promptly and professionally, however we were left with an ever dwindling bottle of water on a 100° July day wondering were or server was so we could order some food and drink. This was even after I ordered the flights saying, we'll have the flights and cheese sampler for starters, then we'd like to order some food. The server at the tables around us was constantly at tableside, asking if anyone needed water, or would like to even try another flight. I actually had to go inside the winery looking for our server. Finally finding her, I asked if the cheese sampler was enough to share between 2 people, as it's $24, roughly the price of 2 of their entrees. First she said no, then when I said well OK, I'll look at the menu to decide on something else, she suddenly changed her mind and said it was definitely enough for 2 to split. OK, I ordered it. I got 2 slices of cheese, a dollop of ricotta, and slice or two of apricot with a basket of bread. Don't get me wrong, it was absolutely delicious, and I don't ever mind paying for quality, but it was not for 2 people. At $24, it was barely enough for 1, and our server said it was "definitely" enough for 2. And that's not even the end of her terrible service. After we finished our wine, water, cheese, everything, and were sweating out in the sun, we couldn't find her to ask for the check. After what seemed like ages, she appeared after clearing another table. We asked for the check, and she was gone again. We saw her again maybe 10 minutes later to run food to another table, but not to give us the check as she just walked back inside after. Thank God we happened to have 2 water bottles with us and that there was a water fountain inside. Finally, she came with the check, and then stood right over us as we were selecting her tip on the iPad they use for payment at the table. She honestly stood there watching us, looking at what tip we wanted to select. When we tried to politely and casually make it known that we would like a moment without her hovering there, all she did was move to the other side of the table. Who does that? So, to wrap it up, great Vineyard, great wine and food and view of the grounds while you eat. But if you sit down and you get this server, just leave, your time and money are better spent elsewhere.
On the way back from Charlottesville and DC, my wife and I relied on Yelp for a good winery. Early Mountain Vineyard is just off the highway so we decided to stop here for a quick tasting. Despite a 4 star rating on Yelp, we were super disappointed. It's $10 per tasting, which is decent in the DC area. However, the staff were the least friendly I've ever met at a winery. The guy doing our tasting was super cold and didn't interact or give us any history behind the wine. He would literally pour the wine and tell us the name and then frown and walk away. It was so bizarre! The wine itself wasn't good. The standout was the Rose, but even that wasn't the best. Two things that were positive: The space is beautiful and looks the most like a Napa Valley winery. That's probably why people gave it good reviews on Yelp. They also give you a free wine glass, which was nice! Despite that, I still give it 2 stars on Yelp.
Can't really speak to this place wine-wise--we each got a glass of the Five Forks white blend, and it was fine, nothing special. In terms of customer service, though, I was pretty disappointed. I took a coworker here for her birthday, and our boss very kindly called them a couple of days before and asked them to set aside a gift card for us to pick up upon our arrival. We came in and went straight to the tasting table to nab the card, and had to wait for someone to attend to us, despite it not being super busy. When a woman finally noticed us, we explained what we were looking for, and she looked at us like we were nuts, asked another colleague who reacted similarly, and then suggested we check at the other bar. The email from our boss had been very specific about where the card was, but we headed over to the other bar any way, only to be told that it was definitely at the main tasting bar. So, we headed back, and, after explaining what the others had said, they proceeded to wait on 3 more people--NOT ones who had been in line or anything before we came up, but just couples who wandered up while we were waiting to be helped--before bothering to check around for our gift. Finally, one of them stopped waiting on other customers, smacked her forehead, and loudly exclaimed my coworker's name--"Oh yeah! It's right here!" and handed us the card, which had been behind her the entire time. Apparently this was the same woman who had taken the order two days prior, yet moments after our request shared skeptical glances with her coworker. If this is how they handle a simple gift card, I can't imagine how they manage weddings. Charlottesville has an abundance of vineyards that consistently demonstrate excellent customer service--Loving Cup and Glass House, for instance--I won't be returning to this one.
Great wines, really liked the Five Forks. Perfect location and facilities, tastings and flights are well assembled....really look forward to our next visit!
Beautiful main tasting room, great views and excellent friendly staff
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