Eastwood Farm and Winery is itself the realization
of a dream for the Eastwood family.
For many years, the founders imagined creating a space where family and friends could spend mornings watching grandchildren chase butterflies, afternoons hiking for wild berries and animal tracks, and evenings telling stories around a bonfire or just watching the lightning bugs. Eastwood Farm and Winery is located in Charlottesville, Virginia itself. You don’t have to drive out to the country to experience the country here. With 77 acres of rolling hills, mountain views, apple and pear orchards, raspberry vines and enchanted forests, the farm is waiting for you to plan a visit and enjoy the natural beauty all around us.
Athena is a commodities lawyer, widely recognized for her work helping agricultural clients develop innovative structures to enable them to grow and adapt to a changing world, including by developing biodigesters and other new technologies intended to combat and adapt to climate change. She was recognized as a 2021 Trailblazer by the National Law Journal for her work designing products to support innovation in sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. In 2016, she purchased the original 1800’s farm of Thomas Jefferson’s builder, John Dunkam, with the vision of starting a farm winery on the property. Working primarily for clients at the national level, she was eager to spend her free time furthering Virginia’s agricultural interests and supporting the local community.
Megan Velie Taub
Megan worked for many years on the business side of the art world as assistant director of a prominent contemporary gallery in New York City. Having also studied developmental psychology at Columbia University, with a focus on resilience and American Dream research, she has always been drawn to grass roots entrepreneurial stories and decided to take the leap herself in joining the family business. Megan has leveraged her business experience to run operations for the winery, coordinating local partnerships, and overseeing marketing and business development at Eastwood. She is looking forward to using the Eastwood platform to share some of the incredible stories of the many local community members who have followed their dreams and helped to make Charlottesville what it is today. Megan is active in the Virginia Wineries Association.
CO-FOUNDER, chief operating officer
Hannah is known around town for her natural, farm-based skin care line, You’re in Luck. Being a locavore, and dedicated to social justice and community development, she also started and ran an urban farm in Baltimore while in college. Hannah is the daughter of Athena Eastwood and now runs the farm-to-table program and the tasting room operations for the family business. We would be remiss not to mention Hannah’s 6-year-old daughter, Josephine, who has assisted with apple and pear harvests from the very beginning (the first year, strapped to her mom’s back as a newborn).
CO-FOUNDER, director of infrastructure and winemaker
Jeremy is known by many for the numerous years he has spent in the local beverage scene in Charlottesville. Jeremy has literally moved mountains to bring this dream to life. A man of many talents and unstoppable energy, Jeremy is one of Eastwood’s winemakers and also personally manages all farm operations.
Head of retail sales
Colleen graduated from Harding University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After spending many years opening new hotels and helping to rehabilitate old hotels, Colleen married a naval officer and was whisked away to Hawaii where she spent time soaking in the rays and evaluating her future. She arrived back to the mainland to find that her cousins had opened a farm winery in Charlottesville, Virginia. After one visit (that involved several glasses of wine), Colleen was hooked and knew she had to be a part of the team. What started out as a part-time position quickly turned into a full-time passion. Colleen now heads up sales for Eastwood, including festivals, restaurants and retail sales. Colleen’s experience with hospitality and overall sunny demeanor made her the perfect person for this position.