"We are passionate about our wines and food. We cherish the history, the stories about it, the people who produce it, and our terroir. We welcome you to experience Pippin Hill and look forward to sharing our craft.” - Dean Andrews

People and place


It’s a love story, really. Which is how all good stories begin. And so it is with Pippin Hill—the lovechild of proprietors, and husband and wife team, Lynn Easton and Dean Andrews. Lynn and Dean (as you’ll read below) have a combined wealth of professional experience in luxury properties and bespoke events, and Pippin Hill represents the marrying of their complementary talents, in a place they love—the undulating green hills of Virginia’s wine country. Here they have brought together a team of hospitality pros who share their love of this place. A farm family. A vineyard ripe with people who love people and love what they do—ready to welcome you.

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Meet Dean and Lynn

As the CEO and co-founder of Easton Porter Group, Dean Andrews knows the nitty-gritty of five-star hospitality as well as anyone. Before launching EPG, Andrews served as senior operating officer for Orient-Express Hotels, Ltd., overseeing some of the world’s most exclusive properties. He’s acquired, repositioned and operated resorts, small and large luxury hotels and acclaimed restaurants across the globe, helping elevate the standards of hospitality excellence worldwide. Today he loves nothing more than honing the finer points of EPG’s boutique properties, because that’s what three decades in the hospitality industry has taught him: every detail counts.

As creative director and co-founder of Easton Porter Group, Lynn Easton brings her exceptional design eye and event expertise to complement Dean’s business acumen. All EPG properties bear her signature style imprint. As founder of Easton Events, a leading event planning and design company, Lynn’s classic taste and bespoke events and weddings have earned her a devoted following as well as a nod as one of Vogue’s Top 5 Event Planners. Her work has been widely published including Martha Stewart, Town & Country, The Knot, Southern Weddings and Southern Living Weddings.

Combined Expertise


At Pippin Hill, Dean’s unparalleled background in hospitality management and Lynn’s eye for exquisite detail come together in one vision: a classic winery and culinary vineyard in the hills outside of Charlottesville, a place they love. A place that reflects their combined passions: for estate wines and exciting cuisine, for upscale events and warm hospitality, for an authentic celebration of people and place.

Team Members

  • Chris Hill Vineyard Consultant

    Acclaimed and Accomplished Vine Whisperer Chris Hill has more than three decades of experience in the vineyard and wine industry, and knows agriculture and the subtleties of grape growing better than anyone in Virginia.

    His depth of trial-and-error knowledge includes vineyard design, ideal grape varieties, how to put up trellises, what and when to spray, how to prune and when to pick. Chris serves on the Board of Virginia Vineyard and Winery Associations.

  • Michael Shaps Winemaker

    One to Whom Grapes Bow Down Michael Shaps is the founder of Michael Shaps/Virginia Wineworks. He has been making wine for more than 20 years, the past seventeen 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.l.

  • Lillie Tiscornia Hospitality Coordinator

    Pippin Hill’s People Pleaser (say 3 times fast!)


  • Rhianon Botizan Private Events Sales Manager

    Celebration Specialist

  • Bryce Bouldin Event Sales Coordinator

    Follow-thru Dynamo

  • Carolyn Springett Gardening Assistant

    Green-Thumb Extraordinaire

  • Celina Debrito Gardener

    Green-Thumb Extraordinaire

  • Diane Burns Head Gardener and Certified Horticulturalist

    Garden Expert and All Things Green

  • Rachel Whitlock Sales Manager

    Dream Creator

  • Victoria Cosner Executive Chef

    Queen of the Kitchen

  • Brooks Hoover Vineyard Manager

    The Grape Whisperer

  • Elly Jackson Administrative Assistant

    Resy Wizard

  • Kendall Schroder Assistant Tasting Room Manager

    Your Go-To Dining Dynamo

  • Matt Lovelady Operations Director

    The Man Behind The Curtain

  • Laura Matheny Head Tasting Room Manager

    Your Go-To Gal for the Best Seat in the House

  • Jon Pavlosky Event Manager

    Events Extraordinaire

  • Carolyn Pifer Wine Educator

    Wine Demystifier

  • Ian Rynecki Executive Chef

    Kitchen Magician and Chief Culinary Artist

  • Abbey Venners Sales Manager

    Party Perfectionist

  • Chris Uher Wine Club Director

    Vine Guru and Palate Pleaser Extraordinaire