Were you looking for a vineyard with rows of vines, and fine vintages maturing in the cellars? Below, we’ve provided a few links to some local ones so you can get on your way.
But if you’d like to know why we call ourselves a vineyard, stay with us briefly (we guess we may have some interests in common, anyway).
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” One of the most memorable metaphors in literature was coined by a teacher in first-century Palestine. In those days, and for many centuries before, vineyards were seen as a sign of divine blessing on people and land.
So the teacher, Jesus, was tapping all the rich imagery surrounding the vine to declare just how lifegiving a relationship with God could be.
Also, in all the Gospels, wine has the ultimate association: with God becoming flesh and blood in Jesus, and the spilling of his blood in the crucifixion – an act which followers of Jesus believe saved the world.
This is heavy stuff, but the Gospels also tell a story of what happened at a wedding party, when the host ran out of wine: Jesus turned water into wine and, by all accounts, it was the best of the day.
So wine kind of flows through the Bible! And the word vineyard overflows with rich, spicy, full-bodied associations, as well as fresh, fruity hints of what we think following Jesus together can be like.
When you next pour a glass, you might ponder how much God seems to be interested in the fruit of the vineyard. That he is certainly inspires us – and explains why we use the word.
NB: Colchester Vineyard has no connections with these organisations, and is not responsible for the content or security of external websites.
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