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 cattle farm right here in Aldie (right across Route 50 from this very farm.) 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.”
In 1993 Jon graduated from Robinson High School and then attended George Mason University to study business, math, and history. While attending college, Jon worked as a project estimator for a remodeling firm where he would learn more about home construction, architecture, and the hard knocks of business.
By his senior year in college, he decided to start his own business and spent the next 25 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 have two beautiful daughters, Delaney and Lilly, and dogs Hunter, Mosby, and Holly-Joyful Hickox. Holly is the model of the big gray dog chasing the fox in the logo you see on our wine bottles. A red fox can still be seen today running across the fields every now and then, representing the spirit of the hunt.
The Hickox’s opened The Winery at Bull Run in 2012, growing the business to be one of the largest and most successful wineries in Virginia Wine Country. After nearly 10 years of perfecting the winemaking, rapidly expanding their Virginia vineyards to over 60 acres “under vine,” and elevating the hospitality experience of visiting a Farm Winery, they acquired 35 acres of land in Aldie, Virginia and got hard at work turning the “old farm” into a modern farm winery. In many ways creating the farm winery business in Aldie, Virginia under the name “Old Farm Winery at Hartland,” is like a homecoming for Jon, going back to his childhood Loudoun County farming roots, where this love for the land all began many years ago.