We love going to Fredericksburg but were disappointed in the changes they have made lately. Do not expect a free or reasonably priced wine tasting. The tasting now costs an average of $35 per person. Most wineries you are fortunate to get a one ounce pour. And how many do you tastings do you get? Four-six depending on the location. I think the whole area has gotten too full of themselves and most importantly has lost the definition of a "tasting". The intent is for us to be able to come in, taste a handful of wines and decide what glass or bottle we would like to purchase.
If we purchase a bottle of wine at $50, we are paying approximately $2 per ounce. That means a reasonable rate for a tasting would be $10. I understand they have people serving the wine, so I am OK with $13 a tasting. That is adding more than 30% overhead costs. Fine - go all out! Round it up to $15. One more critique - if you are going to charge a ridiculous price for your tastings, you should provide an educated sommelier. None were provided in Fredericksburg. The outcome from our visit... we didn't.