Nestled in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is the family-owned Veritas Vineyard and Winery. While passing by that stretch of Afton Mountain Road, (Route 6), outside of Charlottesville last weekend, I stopped to take some pictures.
I’m far from being a wine connoisseur and I’m even less of a consumer. However, I’m intrigued by the art and science (and hard work!) of making good wine. Besides that, the striking nature of a vineyard is hard to miss. Veritas Vineyard & Winery is no exception when it comes to quality and beauty—they have received many awards and accolades since their inception in 2002.
In Latin, “veritas” means “truth.” The vineyard’s name harkens to the words of Pliny the Elder, a first century Roman author and philosopher of nature: “in vino veritas.” Translated, this means “in wine there is truth.”
I could have spent all afternoon in The Farmhouse Garden, which sits at the back of the house facing rows and rows of grapevines and the Blue Ridge in the distance.
Looking out over Veritas and its lovely vistas, I sensed the work, time, and creative power involved from the moment the ground is prepped and the vines are planted to the final enjoyment of the wine produced, and I thought about how Jesus (God in human flesh) miraculously turned water into wine at the wedding in Cana. Concerning this miracle in relation to God’s ongoing providence over creation, C.S. Lewis wrote:
…it will have its full effect if whenever we see a vineyard or drink a glass of wine we remember that here works He who sat at the wedding party in Cana.
Year after year, by His creative power and through the stewardship of man and his labor, God is turning water into wine.
C.S. Lewis quote from God in the Dock, p. 29.