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Wine Experience

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

Fearrington’s wine experience extends throughout the entire Village Center. Here at Fearrington, we believe that food and wine are inseparable partners. This means we want guests to experience the magical experience of aromas, textures and flavors of food and wine combining in just the right way.

Wine Director Maximilian Kast oversees Fearrington’s wine program with the help of Sommelier Kevin Collins and Sommelier Xavyer Burroughs (also affectionately known as The Goat’s wine guru).

What to Expect

at The Fearrington House

  • Extensive wine list of over 1,500 selections
  • Personalized wine pairings by our sommeliers
  • Wines available by the bottle or glass
  • Received the ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ from The Wine Spectator since 2004
  • Wine list crafted to complement the restaurant’s refined cuisine
  • View the menu for the full wine list
  • Read Wine Director Maximilian Kast’s blog to stay up to date on wine happenings and check out our press room for recent features on and by Max

at The Fearrington Granary

  • Wines available by the bottle or glass
  • Multiple monthly wine classes and dinners hosted by Wine Director Maximilian Kast and welcoming wine producers
  • 1/2 off bottles of wine all-day, every Monday

at The Goat

  • Bottled wines from small producers for purchase (most under $30)
  • Wines available by the bottle or glass
  • Rotating monthly theme for the wines by the glass
  • Check Xavyer’s blog to stay up-to-date on the monthly themes
  • Occasional wine tastings on Friday evenings from 6-7pm
  • 10% off when you purchase six bottles or more
  • Ability to special order wines (three bottle minimum) and create custom cases

at Roost

  • Wines available by the glass

Kanonkop Estate Wine Dinner

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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 is included on World of Fine Wine’s 2014 Best Wine Lists in the World.

    - The World of Fine Wine, 2014

    The Fearrington House Restaurant is included on World of Fine Wine’s 2014 Best Wine Lists in the World.

    - The World of Fine Wine, 2014

  • 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

  • A Dickens Christmas Dinner, food adapted from recipes by Chef Colin Bedford

    - Wine Spectator, November 2010

  • 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!

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!