Our Wine Team

Our Wine Team

Our Wine Team: Xavyer Burroughs, Maxmilian Kast & Kevin Collins

“Wine is about enjoying life, taking time out of the everyday hustle and bustle to look at the world from another perspective, sharing laughs with friends and family and eating good food,” says Wine Director Maximilian Kast. “We want to provide the best wines at the best value in every price range, so that when you make selection at our restaurants or wine shop, you know that the wine is from a unique producer, of high quality, and a great value.”

Wine at The Fearrington House Restaurant
With an extensive wine list spanning bottles from all over the world, our wine list can be a challenge and that’s when Fearrington’s wine team comes in to be of assistance to our guests. It’s not all glitz and show; there are the behind the scenes work from invoices, to stocking wine, to polishing glassware, because it takes work to put on a great show in the dining room every evening!

Wine at The Goat
“I am the Sommelier, also affectionately called the ‘wine guru,’ at The Goat,” says Xavyer Burroughs. “I am charged with coordinating all things wine related, including the wine by the glass each week, wine descriptions found at our displays, special wine orders that are sold directly to customers, and all of the wine, beer, and other special beverages that are sold in The Goat and Roost.” Read more about wines at The Goat!

Wine Events
“We try to make each wine event an experience as opposed to your everyday wine tasting,” says Wine Director Maximilian Kast. ” From our Sommelier Competitions (more details coming soon) to beer dinners, and winemaker dinners,there is something for everyone to enjoy. Our monthly classes at The Granary delve into topics ranging from blind tasting to the wines Sicily and Sardegna. We also bring in winemakers, importers, and sommeliers from around the world, who provide different perspectives on the juice of the vine and how it is made and enjoyed for each wine dinner. Hope to see you soon!”

Get to Know the Iberian Peninsula

Over the next few weeks we have two exciting opportunities with leading experts in the wines of the Iberian Peninsula. Wine has been made in both Portugal and Spain since Antiquity and both countries have gained numerous accolades over time. Now, however, is the most exciting...

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Meet the Team

Maximilian Kast, Wine Director

Max joined The Fearrington House in 2007 as Sommelier, and within a year was promoted to Wine Director with responsibilities for the beverage program for the entire property. He organizes and hosts Fearrington House’s popular wine dinner series. And he also teaches popular and inexpensive wine and beer classes at The Fearrington Granary Restaurant. Read more about Max here or view his blog!

Kevin Collins, Assistant Sommelier

Kevin joined The Fearrington House in September 2012 as a food runner and quickly developed a passion for fine dining, top-notch service and beverages of all strengths and origins. He became a waiter in the summer of 2013 and moved to the wine team in May 2014 as Assistant Sommelier. He is Tar Heel born and bred, having been raised in Chapel Hill and graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2012.

Xavyer Burroughs, Sommelier at The Goat

Born and raised in eastern North Carolina, Xavyer began working at the impressionable age of 15 as a dishwasher at On the Square Restaurant in Tarboro. Working with husband and wife team Stephen and Inez Ribustello, he developed a passion for food and wine and worked his way through every position in the kitchen and floor, lastly in the wine cellar selling, serving and studying wine. After passing his Certified Sommelier Course with the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2012, Xavyer joined Fearrington at The Goat. Check out his blog!