Involved in the Virginia wine industry for over 30 years, Chris Pearmund began his career in the kitchens of restaurants in California, England, and ultimately northern Virginia. He transitioned to wine steward and then manager for several northern Virginia area restaurants including Clyde’s of Tysons Corner.
In 1990 Chris began working as winemaker, continuing through 1996. During those years, he helped start and manage the first winery mobile bottle line in the East working for over 40 wineries in 10 states assembling, filtering, and bottling wine. In other roles, he has been a buyer and store manager for Total Beverage, a large volume discount store, before moving to The Country Vintner, a distributor of fine wines.
Elected President of the Virginia Vineyards Association in 1996, Chris was also the first chairman of the Virginia Wine and Food Society. He has been a board member of the Virginia Wineries Association, Chairman of the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce and editor and publisher of ‘The Grape Press’, a quarterly professional vineyard trade publication.
Chris is a nationally certified wine judge by the American Wine Society. To date, he has been instrumental in the founding of more than a dozen new wineries and countless vineyards and is currently Managing Partner at Pearmund Cellars, Vint Hill Craft Winery and Effingham Manor and Winery. He was recently voted as the best winemaker in Virginia by Virginia Wine Lovers Magazine and Pearmund Cellars as Virginia’s best winery several times.
Join Chris Pearmund on a voyage up the Rhone, a major river first used by the Romans as a nautical highway to conquer ancient Gaul. The Rhone Valley is one of the world’s great wine centers and France’s most lauded gastronomic region. The beauty and fascinating history of Provence, the Cote du Rhone and Beaujolais intrigue and fascinate all who travel here.
Please note: This is a private, invitation-only cruise and tour and is solely for the guests of Pearmund Cellars. Special events are included. You must book through our tour operator Expanding Horizons of Tustin CA to be part of the Pearmund Cellars Group.