Pearmund Cellars | Southern Foodways Alliance arrow left envelope headphones search facebook instagram twitter flickr menu rss play circle itunes calendar

Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region. If you would like to contribute to SFA’s oral history collections, please send your ideas for oral history along with your CV or Resume and a portfolio of prior oral history work to

< Back to Oral History project: Wine in the South


Chris Pearmund, owner

Pearmund Cellars

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. After a stint as a restaurateur in Washington, DC, 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. In 2008, Chris still consults, and he still opens 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:

Amy C. Evans

Amy C. Evans

Download Transcript

Other Project Interviews



The Southern Foodways Alliance drives a more progressive future by leading conversations that challenge existing constructs, shape perspectives, and foster meaningful discussions. We reconsider the past with research, scrutiny, and documentation.


Alex Raij Txikito

Let’s Stay in Touch

Sign up for the SFA newsletter to have the latest content
delivered directly to your inbox.