Judge clears path for Virginia winery.
A circuit court ruled in favor of a Virginia winery owner who can now proceed with plans to open his business in a historic manor house. Chris Pearmund is the owner of Effingham Manor Winery and had faced a lawsuit by 12 nearby homeowners who argued the winery was in violation of the homeowners' association covenant. Previous association leadership had granted Pearmund an exemption from subdivision rules for his plans, and following the judge's decision Pearmund can now open the winery. Pearmund has built an 8,800-square-foot winery facility nearby and will be using the historic home, which dates back to 1765, as the tasting room.