Our Faculty

ANDREW HODSON, CSW, DipWSET

Andrew retired from medical practice in the year 2000 and with his wife Patricia bought Saddleback Farm in Afton soon to become Veritas Vineyards and Winery. In the intervening 17 years, Veritas has become one of the most popular wineries in Virginia producing up to 20,000 cases of wine a year from nearly 100 acres of vineyard. Working with Chris Parker, Veritas is exporting wines to the UK with placements in Selfridges, Whole Foods and Oxford Wines. Andrew has always enjoyed studying wine and to back up his success in building up Veritas he completed the level 4-WSET Diploma together with Certified Specialist in Wine and qualified with honors as a French Wine Scholar.

CHRIS PARKER, MIoD

Chris, a technology entrepreneur, wine adventurer, business advisor and mentor established New Horizon Wines to “explore the world through great wines”. He created international exposure and demand for the finest wines of Virginia, and a reputation for educating in a fun and informative style. He has worked with wine buyers, writers, wines lovers, and wine appreciation groups in the US, UK and Europe. Chris has explored wine regions of Europe and his home region of Virginia, has a WSET Level 3 Award with Distinction and is completing Level 4 WSET Diploma. He brings his international business experience and work in the wine trade to the Virginia Wine Academy in partnership with Andrew Hodson and Tracy Waldron.

TRACY WALDRON, CSW, DipWSET

Tracy has worked in all aspects of the wine trade during the last 20 years. She spent a decade in Napa Valley, where she worked as a Sommelier for a Michelin-starred restaurant; was Director of Sales, Marketing and Hospitality for a highly-regarded boutique winery; and eventually began making wine for her own label, Analog Wine Co. She has traveled many of the wine and spirits regions of the world while Director of a New York-based import and distribution company. A passion for sharing knowledge led Tracy to establish Waldron Wine Selections in 2011, providing wine and spirits education and hospitality consulting for enthusiasts, restaurants, and wineries. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine, and holds the WSET Level 3 Certificate with Distinction, and the WSET Level 4 Diploma.

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