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Our Wine Team

Meet our wine team

“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
At The Goat you’ll find over 100 wine selections handpicked by our wine team to highlight small wineries creating great products at affordable prices. Not sure what pairs well with your dinner? Take a few moments to read our shelf talkers that provide insight into nearly every bottle.

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!”

The Evening Finale

One of the most surprising and cherished guest experiences is our turndown service. Complimentary with each night’s stay, our skilled and experienced housekeeping team will tidy your room and refresh your linens while you are dining at The Fearrington House Restaurant or The...

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What People Are Saying

  • OpenTable diners voted The Fearrington House a Top 10 Restaurant in America.

    - OpenTable Diner's Choice 2014

    OpenTable diners voted The Fearrington House a Top 10 Restaurant in America.

    - OpenTable Diner's Choice 2014

  • Fearrington receives one of the 2014 OpenTable Diner's Choice Awards for the Top 100 Wine Lists in America.

    - OpenTable Diner's Choice 2014

    Fearrington receives one of the 2014 OpenTable Diner’s Choice Awards for the Top 100 Wine Lists in America.

    - OpenTable Diner's Choice 2014

  • Mike Solomon, Wine Auction Director for Leland Little Auctions and Estate Sales, names the Fearrington House… More >

    - WFAE, 2014

    Mike Solomon, Wine Auction Director for Leland Little Auctions and Estate Sales, names the Fearrington House Restaurant in his best wine lists across North Carolina.

    - WFAE, 2014

  • The Fearrington House Restaurant included on the World of Fine Wine’s 2015 Best Wine Lists in the World… More >

    - The World of Fine Wine, 2015

    The Fearrington House Restaurant included on the World of Fine Wine’s 2015 Best Wine Lists in the World with the highest possible ranking of three stars.

    - The World of Fine Wine, 2015

  • Fearrington Wine Director Maximilian Kast places second in 2014 TopSomm competition.

    - Guild of Sommeliers, May 2014

    Fearrington Wine Director Maximilian Kast places second in 2014 TopSomm competition.

    - Guild of Sommeliers, May 2014

  • The Fearrington House Restaurant named in 10 Great Restaurants with Stellar Wine Lists by USA Today.

    - USA Today, December 27, 2013

    The Fearrington House Restaurant named in 10 Great Restaurants with Stellar Wine Lists by USA Today.

    - USA Today, December 27, 2013

  • Sommelier Maximilian Kast is a purveyor of elegance. In a world where fine-dining is becoming less relevant… More >

    - The Carolinas Rising Stars - StarChefs.com

  • The Fearrington House Restaurant makes the Top 100 Notable Wine Lists in the country from Open Table. 

    - Open Table, October 2013

  • AAA Five Diamond Award winner, every year since 1996

    - American Automobile Association

    AAA Five Diamond Award winner, every year since 1996

    - American Automobile Association

  • 2000 Finca Villacreses from Ribera del Duero Reserva named the best value wine at the Fearrington House… More >

    - Open Table Dining Check, October 2013

    2000 Finca Villacreses from Ribera del Duero Reserva named the best value wine at the Fearrington House Restaurant by Sommelier Maximilian Kast

    - Open Table Dining Check, October 2013

  • Maximilian Kast takes top spot in second annual Sommelier Challenge

    - Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2013

  • Maximilian Kast quoted regarding the generational appeal of Bordeaux

    - Wine & Spirits, April 2011

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!

Chetan Reddy, Sommelier

Before joining the Fearrington team in 2015, Chetan worked in fine dining for many years and was given the opportunity to run the wine/beverage program at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill. He also worked at Black House at Straw Valley under master sommelier Fred Dexheimmer and at ONE Restautant. Chetan is a Level 2 certified sommelier.