Pearmund Cellars

Pearmund Cellars
6190 Georgetown Road
Broad Run, VA 20137
(540) 347-3475

Chris Pearmund is a Renaissance man. He has enjoyed careers in the military, in marine biology, and in sporting goods. But it was working in restaurants that lighted his passion for wine. And it was after a stint as a restaurateur in Washington, DC, that he changed paths once again and decided to become a winemaker. That was 1990. In 1991 Chris started a mobile bottling line business. In 1993 he purchased Meriwether Vineyards and created Pearmund Cellars. In 1994 he was offering his services as a consultant, working with forty wineries in ten states. Fifteen years later, Chris is still consulting, and he’s still opening wineries. In 2006 he opened the Winery at La Grange, the only established winery in Prince William County. But his namesake winery is his pride and joy. Pearmund Cellars produces wines made from European varietals in a contemporary, geothermal winery situated in the hills of Fauquier County. As busy as he is, Chris is also passionately committed to Virginia’s wine industry as a whole and works hard to foster a sense of collaboration among area wineries.

Date of interview:

June 17, 2008

Interviewer:

Amy C. Evans

Photographer:

Amy C. Evans

Pearmund Cellars - Chris Pearmund - Wine in the South
We’ve gone out of our infancy into adolescence. I think there’s been about three or four generations of wine produced in Virginia. The first generation being a lot of hybrid groups, a few vinifera, trying to understand how to grow the grape, and trying to understand how to make the wine.
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