Vineyard Times: The Good Life

It’s Marvelous Monday and I’m trying to refrain from crawling back into bed to doze off and make up for the hour we lost. Oh well, I’ll take this day light savings thing because more daylight is a plus.

Marvelous is a day spent with a shining group of gals nestled away in the stunning Blue Ridge mountains at a family-run vineyard.

veritas winery

On Saturday afternoon, we spent the day at Veritas Vineyard & Winery. The name is derived from the Roman historian Pliny The Elder’s observation, “In vino veritas,” meaning, “in wine there is truth,” and that truth comes from the grapes grown at Veritas.

wine from veritas

The vineyard is carefully tucked away in the idyllic mountains of Charlottesville where a long road weaves through the fields of grapes, ending at a large and inviting tasting room filled with a musty, sweet and complex cork-scented aroma.

Upon arrival, the tasting room staff greeted us as we took in the elegant chandeliers, glossy wooden tables, tall stunning red ceilings, long velvet curtains, ample cushy seating, and the stone fireplace.

veritas vineyard winery

We ordered a few bottles of wine to share, selecting the “White Star,” a blend of Viognier, Traminette, Chardonnay, and Petite Manseng, with layers of peach, apricot, mango, pineapple, tangerine and coconut. It’s described as a complex but palate friendly style of wine, recommend in its youth to truly reap the tropical flavors and satisfy the taste buds.

veritas vineyards

veritas wine

charlottesville vineyards

The spirits and tannins were surely flowing.

wines at veritas

Craving something to accompany the fruity wine in our bellies, we decided to order a tasty cheese plate. The plate came with 3 gourmet cheeses, homemade apple chutney and a warm baguette.

veritas vineyards cheese tray

cheese tray with wine

After noshing, we felt it only right to make our way to the cozy wooden deck to take in the luscious views, especially after weeks of chilly temps. The deliciously warm sun was the icing to our already decorated cake.

veritas vineyards group

Floral cheers, warm weather
Inner bliss, nothing better

roommate wine tastingDress: Nordstrom, Jacket: Free People; Earrings: Stella & Dot

A rejuvenating day at the vineyard with great company was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Veritas Charlottesville va

What’s your favorite outdoor activity to do on a warm Saturday afternoon?

natural world beauty

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15 thoughts on “Vineyard Times: The Good Life

  1. i still have yet to go to a vineyard, which is baffling to me especially because I have lived for a while near vineyards all my life. Even in college, never went to one in VA. Crazy sauce

  2. Bethschmohl says:

    Perfect warm day for me – a good run, some gardening (digging in the dirt planting some COLOR!), then tea on a lounge chair on the sunny patio!! 🙂

  3. You are living the life!! Looks like you always have so much fun!

  4. Love wineries! Have a great week!

  5. ranchcookie says:

    That sounds so fun ☺️ I’ve been wanting to do that for awhile just need to find a nice vineyard near by !

  6. jumpeatrun says:

    Looks beautiful! Wine and cheese, how can you go wrong?!

  7. Judith K. Ogborne says:

    Alex, love the pics of Veritas. My beach buds came to va and we had a special dinner at Veritas and spent the nite at Joan’s condo at Wintergreen. We sure had a blast. By the way check the spelling of “whine” after first picture. Love you girl and sure enjoyed seeing you last week. Judy

    Sent from my iPad


    • The Zen Kat says:

      Thank you, Mrs. Judy! My dad pointed out that spelling error too- oops!

      Sounds like a fun time with your ladies! I just love Veritas and the mountain side in Cville. Loved seeing you at Pokeno too! xoxo

  8. That looks like so much fun! Your outfits are adorable. Also that “white star” wine sounds delicious!

  9. Kaitlin says:

    This looks like so much fun! I love learning what types of wine pair well with my favorite – cheese!

  10. What a… Well, MARVELOUS Saturday! 🙂 Looks like such a great way to spend the day, friends, food and drinks – relaxing and having a good time!

  11. Oh my goodness, it looks so beautiful there! And I love that final quote! Thank goodness for the warmer weather. On nice afternoons, I love to sit on the porch with my dogs and a book 🙂

  12. Such a beautiful group of friends. And I love the candid photos. I’ve gone wine tasting once and I really enjoyed it, maybe with the spring slowly creeping up on us I’ll have to venture out again. The cheese/chutney/baguette sounds like a perfect meal, I may have to make that my Friday night in meal this weekend 😉

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