Last week was a busy one, because my mom was down visiting from Canada! It was so great to see her, and we spent the five days she was here exploring Charlottesville and Richmond. The highlight of her visit was a trip around the Monticello Wine Trail, a fairly loose network of beautiful, sprawling vineyards all over the mountains and countryside surrounding Charlottesville.
It seems like it's impossible to grow a grape in a place that isn't totally beautiful. Every major wine-producing region in the world that I'm aware of is downright awe-inspiring—Tuscany, practically all of France, Napa Valley, and on and on. Virginia's wine country is no exception. So many of the vineyards around here stretch across gently rolling valleys in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with nothing around them but horses trotting in sun-kissed meadows, little trickling streams, and blue, blue sky. There are dozens and dozens of them, so we had to limit our tour to just one part of the wine trail, but we did manage to hit four over the course of our aftrernoon. They were all magical.
I only managed to pull my camera out for a few quick snaps here and there, so my pictures are a bit of a disappointment and don't do the vineyards justice, but hopefully you'll get at least a bit of an idea of how tranquil and lovely they were. Kyle and I are already planning our next little trip around the wine trail, so I'll definitely be revisiting it here, with pictures that I hope will more thoroughly capture its beauty.
Kyle and my mom :)
Now to start the week with a lot of work to catch up on, before we are off to DC later in the week to meet up with my brother for a few days! Yes, my family is awesome and is really great about coming to visit us. We figured that it'd be fun to spend a few days in DC for my brother's visit so we'll head up there on Thursday.
Happy Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend :)