The team's expertise is varied, from development to winemaking to event design & planning, yet we share a passion for great wine, fabulous cuisine, and beautiful design. Pippin Hill Farm has partnered with the greatest modern American barn builder and one of the world's finest landscape architects to ensure that Pippin Hill Farm is unobtrusively integrated into the countryside.
We share a passion for great wine, fabulous cuisine, and beautiful design.
Lynn & Dean have a breadth of experience in the hospitality and event businesses. They have brought their talents together to conceive, design and direct unique luxury operations - wineries, event venues, boutique hotels and bespoke level event management.
Dean has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry with a background in international hotel operations and development. He was the senior operating officer for Orient-Express Hotels, Ltd. In this role, he acquired, repositioned and operated hotels, resorts and restaurants including properties in the US, Caribbean, French Polynesia and Mexico.
Lynn, as the founder of Easton Events, has built one of the East Coast's leading event planning and design companies. A celebrated planner focused on creating classic, timeless designed events and weddings, Lynn has been selected as one of "The 10 Most Inspiring People" by the Knot Magazine. Her work has been widely published including Martha Stewart, Town & Country, The Knot, Southern Weddings and Southern Living Weddings.
Michael Shaps is the founder of Virginia Wineworks. He has been making wine for 18 years, the past fourteen in Virginia and Meursault, France. In Virginia, Michael was the winemaker at Jefferson Vineyards for 6 years before leaving to start his winery-consulting firm and to produce wines under the Michael Shaps label. The Michael Shaps award winning wines have been recognized by several regional and national publications as some of the best wines made in Virginia.
Vineyard Consultant Chris Hill has over 30 years of experience in the vineyard and wine industry. Mr. Hill is experienced in all phases of vineyard establishment and management and is a well-known figure in the Virginia vineyard and wine industry, where he has served on the Board of Virginia Vineyard and Winery Associations.
Chef Scatena graduated with Head Chef honors from the Culinary Institute of Florence, Italy. She completed her apprenticeship under Chef Melissa Close at Barboursville Vineyard's Palladio restaurant in Virginia. Most recently, she worked as Chef de Cuisine at Keswick Hall, where Chef Craig Hartman was her mentor. During her tenure, Keswick was awarded the #1 Small Resort in America by Conde Nast Traveler, and was named #1 Hotel in North America for Food by the same publication.
Ms. Greer joined the Pippin Hill Farm team from Barboursville Vineyards, where she was the Executive Assistant and Event Coordinator for the past two years. She holds a BS in Marketing & Management from Radford University. Her attention to detail and strong background in event management make her the ideal person to head up our sales team.
Ms. Becker is heading up the Food & Beverage department at Pippin Hill. She brings a wealth of experience in leadership from her previous position as Recreation Manager at Wintergreen Resort. Her enthusiasm and team-oriented management style shine through in her role as Service Manager. Ms. Becker holds a degree in Event Management from the University of Central Florida.
Ms. Holt joined the Pippin Hill team in May after serving as the Director of Dining Services at St. Anne's Belfield School for the past three years. During her tenure, Ms. Holt was instrumental in developing a farm-to-table food program for over 850 students across 2 campuses and overseeing corresponding educational programs. Ms. Holt holds a Masters of Business from the University of Denver and a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from James Madison University. Previously she held positions in Vail, Colorado in a multitude of capacities, ranging from resort & lodging to food & beverage management. Ms. Holt brings a passion for all things food and wine, along with extensive experience across the hospitality industry to the Pippin Hill Team.