European Heritage Meets Southern Charm
The name Veritas derives from the Roman historian Pliny the Elder’s observation “In Vino Veritas” or “In Wine There is Truth.” When Andrew and Patricia Hodson bought Saddleback Farm in 1999, they decided to grow their truth, planting grapes and instilling their shared love of wine into the bountiful land.
In 2001, their first vintage was ready for production and the couple saw great success as they joined the Virginia winemaking community. The simple horse and cattle farm continued to expand, hosting its first wedding — an intimate celebration for a close friend of the family — and launching into the Charlottesville hospitality scene.
Since then, Patricia and Andrew have worked tirelessly to expand on their vision, bringing Veritas into the world of events and perfecting fine hospitality at the Farmhouse. Veritas has grown into a 20-year-old winemaking trailblazer and family business with all three of Andrew and Patricia’s children running the beloved destination.
Couples are drawn to the stunning alfresco ceremony lawn showcasing cascading mountains and panoramic vineyard views, the enchanting Saddleback Hall grand ballroom, the rustic welcoming tasting room with mezzanine loft, and the graceful tented wooden deck overlooking the manicured lawn and vineyards.
Welcome reception to send-off brunch, Veritas has earned a reputation as a full-service Charlottesville wedding destination. Custom wedding and services packages ensure exclusive use of the grounds and include a long list of décor and design elements.
“There isn’t much that isn’t included. White ceremony chairs, aged barrels, linens, plates, lighting — it’s all here,” says Veritas marketing manager Lindsey Navin.
The private, highly sought-after wedding venue operates with seamless stress-free hospitality thanks to dedicated staff whose years of experience shines through during the wedding planning process and continues on through the last dance.
An exclusive in-house Charlottesville wedding catering team creates sophisticated menus that usher in fresh regional ingredients and gift guests an unforgettable culinary experience. Design a menu to cherish, beginning with passed hors d’oeuvres of apple glazed Virginia ham biscuits and lamb polpette. Customize an artisan cheese board and serve the most beautiful farm-picked salads. Guests select their favorites from seared scallops to herbs de Provence chicken to perfectly prepared steak paired with range of complex, elegant Veritas wines.
Navin has seen couples personalize their Veritas wedding experience by creating a forested greenhouse aesthetic on the tented brick patio, placing a white adult bouncy house on the ceremony lawn, and planning romantic photo shoots in the cozy, secluded wine cellar.
At the end of the night, couples and their closest friends and family retreat to the six-bedroom Farmhouse for luxury accommodations steeped in Southern hospitality. The award-winning wine country hotel is cherished for its tranquil on-property location and gourmet breakfast.
One of the original wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail, Veritas’ family-run vineyard and signature welcoming warmth is a gift couples return to year after anniversary year.
Real Talk with Marketing Manager Lindsey Navin
My biggest piece of advice is… *Try and get up to the top of Bold Mountain. One of the staff will be happy to drive you up there to enjoy a sweeping view of Rockfish Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s spectacular. It’s almost always a shot you get earlier in the day before guests arrive. It’s really an exclusive wedding photo opportunity.
Favorite Special Wedding Moment: *The start of the walk down the ceremony lawn when the couple steps out of the French doors is always such a beautiful moment.
A Veritas must-do: *A walk-through property tour with Veritas’ events manager (who is also your main point of contact throughout the planning process and will be there on your wedding day). From cocktail hour in the tasting room, proceeding down to the ceremony lawn so you can visualize the actual moment, looking back at Saddleback Hall, feeling what it will be like to walk down that aisle. A full tour gives you a better understanding of your wedding photos and the whole layout and process.
*Pulled Quote: *“The level of experience that’s brought by our team is strong. It’s a very smooth, well oiled machine. The behind-the-scenes folks have been there for years and years. They’re just fantastic at their job.” — Veritas Vineyard & Winery marketing manager Lindsey Navin
Details + Digits
Years in the Biz: 15
Weddings Per Year: **30-40
**Vineyard + Farm Acreage: **250 acres
**Lodging: 6 bedrooms sleeping a combined total of 16 people
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This 250-acre farm sits at the base of Afton Mountain unfolding across a stunning vineyard and spacious rolling countryside grounds.
Things To Do
Charlottesville is home to thriving orchards, farms, and more than 40 wineries that inspire unforgettable restaurant experiences. Hiking in Shenandoah National Park, renowned river kayaking, and championship golf offer thrills while a celebrated theater and local live music scene entertain. Our stages are well stocked with highly coveted acts. In fact, Charlottesville is where Dave Matthews Band and Coran Capshaw's Red Light Management — the largest independent music management company in the world — got their start. For a taste of history, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier, and James Monroe’s Highland offer guided glimpses into the Founding Fathers’ legacies.
30 mi to Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport
25 mi to Downtown Mall
25 mi to Monticello
20 mi to UVA
5 mi to Shenandoah National Park
Amenities & Services
- Onsite luxury farmhouse accommodations
- In-house refined, sophisticated catering
- Elegant award-winning wines
By the Numbers
- 3,500 square feet of total event space
- 250 seated guest capacity for the ceremony site
- 225 seated guest capacity for reception (with space for a dance floor)
Make it Yours
- Set up the perfect photo shoot and capture timeless shots in the wine cellar, the study, on the deck, or among picturesque vineyard rows.
- Call on the onsite day-of wedding coordinator for help orchestrating a seamless departure toast and sparkler send-off.