Mo and Sandi Gauthier, your hosts, are retired Navy veterans, having served over five decades of active duty, combined. Since the 1980s, they had the great fortune to serve mostly in Virginia from Hampton Roads to Northern Virginia. Mo was raised on the North Shore of Boston, MA, entering the Naval Academy in the summer of 1965. Sandi grew up as farm girl in Missouri, graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, MO, and entered the Navy in 1975. Upon their retirements in the late 1990s, they chose Virginia as their home, and in 2002, they purchased their home on the York River in Barhamsville, VA. In 2010, they purchased their Fairwinds Farm on Farmers drive and began building their vision.
The 2010 construction of the equestrian center was followed with the planting of 3000 vines and erection of the vineyard’s iconic gazebo in 2011. In 2012, they began construction of the winery tasting room. The tasting room was opened in the winter of 2014. In 2016, they began construction of an event center, sitting atop their underground winemaking and wine storage facility. First events in the new center were held in 2018.
In the Spring of 2019, Mo and Sandi purchased a new construction house located on 12-acres at the end of Woodmont Plantation and adjacent to their Fairwinds Farm. They immediately began a long process of converting this five bedroom house into their prospective Inn, with plans to open in the Spring of 2020. The 2020 Covid pandemic delayed opening until September 0f 2020.