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Reston Couple Opens Winery in Leesburg

by RestonNow.com June 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm 13 Comments

A couple who have called Reston home since 1986 opened a winery called Fleetwood Farm Winery in Leesburg last month. The owners, Skip Edgemond and Jamie McClellan have raised three children in Reston and decided to start a winery near home so it would be easily accessible to friends and family in Reston.

Continuing the tradition of making the winery a Restonian affair, Dave Williams, the general manager, is also a Reston resident since 1999. Williams lives with his wife and three children in the community.

The winery, located at 23075 Evergreen Mills Road, will kick off a “Farm to Fleetwood” series on Friday. Chef Michael Kozich of Bluewater Kitchen of Bluewater Kitchen will prepare dishes for guests to pair with wine. Acoustic Soul will perform live music from 5-9 p.m.Co-owner Edgemond is also the founder of Greenworks, Chantilly-based landscaping company and nursery, which he founded in 1986. He also serves on the board of Access National Bank.

The winery offers six Fleetwood wines and a rotating series of premier wines from around the world, Williams said. It extends off of the manor house on the property and contains two tasting rooms and a balcony that overlooks the landscape and vineyard. The couple hopes to preserve the history of the estate, which was originally owned by Colonel William Ellzey. Ellzey had envisioned to produce wine on the property.

“Fleetwood has always been destined for wine. We are just continuing the story,” said Edgemond. McLellan hopes the winery will remain a family affair “for generations to come.”

Photo via Dave Williams

  • Looks like a nice place, but no children, pets, or outside food or drink allowed is going to lose them some business.

    • Ted Gebis

      I think those are fair rules. I don’t take outside food or drink when I visit a restaurant and sometimes it’s nice to visit a venue without the children or pets.

      • Ron

        I own a winery.I am not a public park
        We use to allow food and all we did was clean up and have a huge garbage bill.
        Not to mention all the other stuff that was in that cooler of food.

      • Childfree

        A childfree venue will receive my business. Repeatedly. I am so tired of having meals ruined at nice restaurants while parents who are too cheap to get a babysitter ignore their children.

  • All the best

    I think they ll do great, most people that can escape this new evolution of Reston will do great if not very great. Lets hope the latter.

  • Greg

    Great luck in your new venture.

  • 30yearsinreston

    More fake news
    Just a shameless plug

  • Walter Hadlock

    I happen to agree that a “no outside food” rule at a winery very well could affect the decision to go to this winery. Before planning a visit to a nearby winery, we check the policy on bringing food. We do not visit wineries with such a rule. We like to take a picnic and enjoy a leisurely visit when we visit nearby wineries.

    • Greg

      Where did you learn that rule exists?

      • Walter Hadlock

        The “no outside food” is noted on the winery’s Facebook page. The first highlighted link in the story–for the winery, takes you to the Facebook page.

  • Mike M

    I would have guessed the winery market was saturated five years ago. Same for breweries. But it seems like it’s a bottomless market, at least until the next recession. I drive very, very carefully in Loudoun County these days!

  • leanne wiberg

    AND another long-time Restonian works at the winery — that’s me — Leanne! The owners and their managerial staff aways come up with such cool, new ideas. Friday night (June 29) they are presenting a twilight farmers market with live music by Acoustic Soul and farm-fresh meals prepared by Bluewater Kitchen. I’ll be helping out with wine tastings and sales until 9 pm. I’m proud to work there. The property was a land grant in 1741 from Lord Fairfax to the man who would become the physician to George and Martha Washington. When the land was sold, the deed was witnessed by a very young John Hancock. Colonel Ellzey (mentioned in the article) donated money to the first ” ‘Go Fund Me’ -style” campaign to promote Virginia-made wine. The campaign, begun in 1760, had the amusing name of “Encouragement of Useful Undertaking”. A useful undertaking would be to visit the winery. Note: This blog post has a nice write-up and photos: https://goo.gl/P53Mv1

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  • Childfree

    A winery in Virginia that is 21+? No screeching children running around while their parents ignore them? SIGN ME UP!

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