Fauquier-based Pearmund Cellars up for sale
Pearmund Cellars owner Chris Pearmund wants to focus on new opportunities and to manage the daily operations of other wineries, including Vint Hill Craft Winery. Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
Chris Pearmund has grown bored with being an owner.
One of the better known individuals in the Virginia wine industry has decided to put Pearmund Cellars up for sale again.
Pearmund is asking $4.5 million for the Broad Run-based winery after initially posting it for $5 million in the spring of 2012.
Pearmund said he wants to gets his creative juices flowing again and continue to help others in the industry. Pearmund manages or is involved with 15 wineries across the state, including Vint Hill Craft Winery in Vint Hill.
"I don't want to worry about the dollars," Pearmund told the Fauquier Times on Thursday. "I will let the people who worry about the dollars, worry about the dollars.
There are only so many hours in the day and that is frustrating."
Pearmund purchased the property 20 years ago after the vineyard was created in 1976. A decade ago, he opened Pearmund Cellars to the public.
Pearmund wants to continue to live on the property and would also like to manage the winery for the new ownership.
He's proud of the winery's past accomplishments which include Best Small Business in Fauquier County by the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce and more than a handful of industry awards for his individual wines.
Most recently, Pearmund Cellars was named Virginia Winery of the Year in the 2013 New York International Wine Competition.
"It's been a brilliant, brilliant ride but I don't know what else I can do that hasn't been accomplished [already] at Pearmund," Pearmund said.
For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Fauquier Times.
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