The Hickox Family, Owners
The son of a career naval officer completing his service in Washington D.C., Jon Hickox moved to Fairfax County, Virginia as a young boy in 1982. He always preferred to spend time outdoors hunting, fishing, camping and scouring the woods & fields for Civil War relics and Native American artifacts. Many summers and weekends were spent on a friend's family farm near Chantilly and through working on the farm and spending time outdoors, Jon developed a deep spiritual bond with the land and the people who lived and worked there. He was also deeply affected by witnessing firsthand the slow destruction of farmland associated with the rural crescent that encircles the DC metropolitan area. Through these combined experiences Jon has gained an appreciation and respect for the land, history, and people associated with this passing of "Olde Virginia."
By his senior year in college, Jon decided to start his own business and spent the next 16 years building his firm into one of the largest remodeling companies in Northern Virginia from the ground up. While attending George Mason University, Jon met the love of his life, Kimberly, who was also a history major. In 2005 they got married and settled in Arlington, VA where they live today with their beautiful daughters, Delaney and Lilly, (who have wines named in their honor) and two dogs Hunter & Mosby.
J. Ashton Lough
Ashton Lough started making wine for The Winery at Bull Run in 2012 and is responsible for all aspects of our winemaking. Ashton has worked as a winemaker since he graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Dean Gruenburg arrived on the Virginia wine scene over seventeen years ago when he changed careers and founded Castle Gruen Vineyards and Winery which he owns and operates to date with his beloved wife, Jeanne. He has a true appreciation of all things wine and has worked in every dimension of the Virginia wine industry including 4 years as a board member with the Virginia Wineries Association and independent vineyard/winery consulting services.
Assistant General Manager
Allie joined The Winery at Bull Run in 2016 as a wine steward and has served in many roles. Most recently stepping into her new role as Assistant General Manager to GM Dean Gruenburg, who originally hired her back in 2016. Allie studied restaurant hospitality management at the University of Alabama where she met her husband, Lee.
Director of Events & Sales
Julie Harper joined The Winery at Bull Run in 2018 and consults with clients looking to host weddings, corporate, and social events at the winery. Julie’s years of event sales experience and planning from celebrity events to non-profit fundraisers helps her to effectively lead our events & sales team.
Jennifer van der kleut
Wine Club Manager
Jennifer van der Kleut (also known as "JV" around the tasting room) has been managing Bull Run's wine clubs since 2018. She previously comes from a background in journalism, having worked for Patch.com, AOL and ABC7 News/WJLA-TV.
Jennifer loves planning fun events for all our wine club members and helping to ensure they have a pleasant experience being a part of our wine club family. Jennifer also runs the winery's shipping and e-commerce, and helps with many public events such as Comedy Night, Movie Night Under the Stars, our Annual Barrel Tastings, and more. Jennifer's favorite Bull Run white is Viognier, and her favorite red is Reconciliation.
Rachael Ulsh joined The Winery at Bull Run in 2021 as the Marketing Manager. She’s responsible for managing the winery’s social media accounts, advertising, newsletter distribution, and guiding creative direction. Rachael’s 5+ years of experience in digital marketing helps her effectively lead our brand initiatives.
As a graduate of the University of Virginia, Rachael fell in love with all the wineries Charlottesville had to offer. She was even more immersed into wine culture when she spent a year in Bordeaux, France as an au pair after graduation. Rachael enjoys coaching outside of work, and is currently an Assistant Varsity Coach for the Independence High School Field Hockey Team in Ashburn, VA.
Wayne Mills officially joined The Winery at Bull Run in 2014 after serving as a consultant of the winery throughout its construction. Wayne is responsible for overseeing the grounds and landscaping at the winery, growing grapes, and supervising ten workers in both of our vineyards. Wayne enjoys his ability to constantly grow and be challenged by the elements he encounters in his job.
His previous experience includes 43 years growing plants, 40+ years in the nursery business in Northern Virginia, and running his own businesses for over 35 years. Wayne remains an owner of a Wholesale Nursery on his farm in Fauquier County, a consultant in the landscape, vineyard, and green roof industries, and the owner of Plant Patent #5577, a Dallas Fern that he developed in the 1980s. Wayne is a Certified Greenroof Professional and holds a Master’s Degree from the School of Life and Experiences, College of Hard Knocks. He is a member of the following professional organizations: Virginia Vineyards Association, Northern Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, and the Virginia Nurseryman’s Association.