Route 9 property relaunching as Firefly Cellars this spring

Siblings Andrea Zaidi and Zach Pierleonardi and their family are opening Firefly Cellars on Route 9 in Hamilton.

The owners of longtime Loudoun County-based PMSI Pest Management Services are in the process of transforming the former Hunter’s Run Winery located on Route 9 in Hamilton into an events, Airbnb and winery destination.

Leesburg resident Andrea Zaidi and her family – including her parents, Pete and Patty Pierleonardi and brother Zach Pierleonardi – purchased Hunter’s Run in November 2020 and have renamed the business Firefly Cellars.

“This is a passion project. This is something we love as wine hobbyists,” Zaidi said.

The property includes four separate buildings that will open in stages.

The first is an Airbnb cottage designed as a couples’ retreat, and it is already open for booking. Zaidi says they have added a hot tub and firepit to create a special getaway.

“So far, it has been booked since it opened, with most guests coming from one hour away or less,” she said.

Next door to the cottage is the main house, which Zaidi describes as “cozy, with rustic and modern touches.”

It is currently being reserved for small group dinners and events. 

“People have enjoyed bringing in private chefs who use the kitchen space. It’s perfect for bridal events and small dinner parties,” she said.

A third building — the tasting room barn — is currently undergoing a facelift. The owners hope to open it up in early May.

The new owners created a variety of wine blends at Cave Ridge Vineyard in Mt. Jackson, which are being bottled with the Firefly label.

“They are spectacular wines. This has been a really good creative project for us,” Zaidi said.

The fourth building — also expected to open in early May — is the former garage, which will be used as a temperature-controlled wine cellar. Zaidi says it is another spot for small parties and a “private experience.”

“It has stone walls, a chandelier, really nice European style wine cellar,” she noted.

Firefly will offer light snacks such as charcuterie boards and fresh bread in the tasting room. There will also be live music and food trucks. They plan to be open five days a week.

“We grew up in Loudoun, and we love it. We were looking for the next family adventure, and this business is it. It will be a nice place for our kids to grow up,” Zaidi said.More information can be found at fireflycellars.com.

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