April 17, 2005
So we spent today visiting with Shannon's Aunt Lynne and her friends in Charlottesville, VA. They are staying in over at Massanutten, about 90 minutes drive from Charlottesville. My mom joined us for the trip, so the three of us left Purcellville last night around 7:30, tired from the long day of planting. Got up this morning and had breakfast at Waffle House (oh so yummy) then went over to Monticello to begin the day. It seemed kind of fitting to be visiting Monticello the day after founding our own vineyard. Jefferson is considered to be the father of the Virginia wine industry - you can read more about it here.
Obviously Jefferson's contributions to American history go far beyond his winemaking efforts, and visiting Monticello certainly imparts a sense of wonder at this true American icon. I'm currently reading "American Sphinx : The Character of Thomas Jefferson" to learn more about his life.
During our tour I of course took the opportunity to visit the small vineyard they have planted there. In true historic fashion, they have opted to not use modern trellising techniques (high tensile wire etc.) but instead use a more rustic approach - check it out.
We also stopped by his grave to pay a moment of respect - you really have to wonder how the founding of this country and every subsequent event may have been different if not for the contributions of Thomas Jefferson.
We spent the rest of the day enjoying lunch at Michie Tavern, then had a wine tasting at Jefferson Vineyards, and finished off the day at James Monroe's home Ash Lawn Highland which we highly recommend!
Posted by Stephen at April 17, 2005 8:45 PM