Farmhouse Manager: Diane Tonkins
Diane arrived to Veritas in 2007 and immediately became part of the Veritas team. After many years managing our Wine Club, Diane shifted her focus over to the Farmhouse in 2014. We are so lucky to have her warm presence and accommodating attitude greeting our guests there. Diane was married for the first time in Singapore, and then the second time in Singapore as well ….. both times to the same man, Bill, our vineyard manager!
Yoga Instructor and Hiking Guide: Lynsie McKeown
Born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lynsie grew up with an appreciation for beauty, nature and adventure. That sense for adventure led her to various parts of the world seeking out the allure of remote trails and deeper experiences in yoga.
Lynsie’s background of yoga, Thai yoga bodywork and personal training intertwines symbiotically creating a supportive environment that encourages individuals to awaken to their own bodies and accept themselves wherever they are on any given day. Combining the practice of yoga with the unparalleled artistry of nature, she finds true joy and peacefulness and is delighted to share her two loves with those who come to this small oasis for a re-connection to their bodies, mind and spirit.
Veritas Winery Executive Chef; Joel Walding
Joel started cooking professionally at the age of fifteen in a four star seafood restaurant in Nova Scotia. His passion followed him through his teens into Houston Texas where he achieved his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. In 2009 he move to Charlottesville and worked sous cheffed at Harvest Moon, this led to his love for central Virginia and the rest is history, Joel charmed guests at The Farmhouse for two years as Chef de Cuisine before stepping away to take a job with a local catering company. Joel returned to Veritas in January 2016 as Executive Chef, and has been filling our bellies and our hearts ever since. In his time away from the winery, Joel loves to wood work and lives just outside Charlottesville with his lovely wife Kelly, daughter Savannah, and two dogs, Batman and Robin.
Farmhouse Chef: Andy Shipman
Andy is a long time member of the Veritas family. In 2010, Andy left briefly to pursue his degree in American Studies at the University of Mary Washington. There, he became interested in the connection between food and history, which led him to research 21st century seed preservation at the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, a small cooperative seed company in Louisa.
While finishing his degree, Andy worked as a line-chef at FOODE under co-owner and Executive Chef Joy Crump. It was there that he developed his knowledge and passion for farm-to-table dining, plate composition and presentation.
Chef Andy brings a strong food philosophy to The Farmhouse, using the freshest ingredients available from the Farmhouse garden, which he cultivates and maintains. His menus highlight local ingredients, and are marked by their simplicity and elegance.
Andy lives in the Shenandoah Valley where he and his lovely wife, Lisa grew up. They have a darling son named Charlie.
Hiking Guide: Melanie Perl
Melanie grew up in Madison County Virginia with the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park at her back door. She has been hiking in this area and beyond all of her adult life. Melanie works as a volunteer through PATC (Potomac Appalachian Trail Club) doing trail maintenance and reconstruction in Shenandoah National Park. She became a Master Naturalist in 2013 through the Rivanna Chapter, and continues to enjoy discovering and learning more about our natural world.