Fleetwood is a colonial-style farm farmhouse which was converted into a tasting room. The owners have a landscaping business and it shows; the building is a nice combination of Colonial Williamsburg and modernistic. Literally everything on the inside is nicely appointed and the outside is well manicured.
While they advertise themselves as a winery, the vibe felt very much like an upscale wine tasting bar. The lawn has a view of the 4 acre vineyard (all Norton right now), and there’s an outside building for events. When I asked about their business model, their manager told me her intent is to put a lot of emphasis on wine education – although I also see this place being a big wedding destination. They even had several sommeliers on staff, which is unusual for a winery.
The home is very historic as well; I didn’t get to do a full tour, but they did have a plaque celebrating a visit by George Washington. Yep; it’s good to be Virginia gentry, since you only stay in the finest places. They also have the original smokehouse next to the tasting room.
Two options were available when I visited; a tasting of just rose & sparklings, and a separate tasting composed of their house wines & ‘visiting’ wines. These rotate fairly quickly, so if you like something grab it while you can! On my previous visit I had a Virginia Petit Verdot (presently their wine maker is Pearmund Cellars), although this time my favorite was a rose from India. The charcuterie board was also pretty amazing.
If you’re in the mood for an adults-only experience – especially if they have music outside – this is a great option!