About Us & Our Family of Employees!
I grew up on a large cattle ranch in the high desert country of Eastern Oregon that Linda often visited as a teenager. My grandfather homesteaded the property that was eventually expanded to several thousand acres by my father and uncle with parts of the original homestead still in family hands. My agricultural roots – and especially the desert connection – are honestly held and go back then for generations on both family sides.
Linda’s father was in the construction business which took her family to all of the western states as he rotated work between assignments. Our married life followed then this same vagabond route and took us to virtually every corner of the world where we were exposed to other cultures and living conditions that were sometimes enviable and other times down right dangerous. Money from the countries we lived in or visited is displayed in the “million dollar” (well almost!!!!!!!) bar top in the tasting room. Homemade wine was a part of my upbringing and I’ve continued that tradition into our own family having now made wine for some 40 years (oops – that dates me!!).
Since retiring from the Federal government and then relocating to the Hume area, we first started a successful horse operation that included breeding, boarding and training. We then decided to grow a small plot of grapes for family use and like many hobbies – that has now morphed into another major life pathway. We are surrounded by some of the best vineyards and wineries in Virginia and have now decided to join the industry in our own winery adventure. We continue to run the ranch operation and you might find a horse-related activity underway during your visit.
We couldn't make it without our dedicated employees and we would like to throw the spotlight on them. They're not only employees and friends, but they are our family as well!
Melissa Hughes - General Manager
Melissa is a southern girl from North Carolina and she has the accent to prove it! She has been with us for nearly 4 years and we are glad she found us. She is an animal lover and loves to travel the world when she's not busy at the winery. We are glad to have her as part of our winery team! Come in and give her a big HOWDY when you see her!
Terri Hibl - Wine Club Manager
Terri started out as tasting room staff over 4 years ago and in 2016 took on the role as Wine Club Manager. Terri loves the Arts and is our song bird around the winery. She is not only in an occasional play but she entertains us here with her humming or singing and this girl can sing! Drop by and talk to her about joining our wine club, The Posse, she is always willing to help with a smile on her face!
Brandon Ficham - Tasting Room Staff
Brandon is from Culpeper, VA and has been part of our Desert Rose team for a year. He is a Biology major at the University of Mary Washington and wants to go in to teaching when he graduates. When he's not busy with school or the winery he loves hanging out with friends and visiting other wineries in the area. He's pictured here with his good friend Sari, who worked at Desert Rose for some time and introduced us to Brandon and we're glad she did! Drop in and experience a tasting with Brandon, you'll be glad you did!
Kim Morris - Tasting Room Staff
Kim has been part of the winery gang for more than a year. Her son Timmy is a good bud with our grandson, Eli. Kim works full-time as a social worker in Culpeper. She is a big fan of the beach and you can find her in the stands cheering for Timmy during all those Tigers football games! We are happy to have her as part of the gang here at Desert Rose Winery!
Catrina Hardegree - Tasting Room Staff
Catrina has been part of our staff for a year. She is a full-time kindergarten teacher at Manassas Park City Schools. She has the energy to pull it off in school and at the winery! Catrina enjoys hiking, visiting local wineries and cuddling with her pup Beatrice! Swing by the winery and say hello to her when you can!
Susan Payne - Tasting Room Staff
Susan is our newest DRW Gang member! She is a full-time teacher and is busy cooking, playing sports, working on craft projects, writing and hanging out with family and friends in her spare time. Since working at Desert Rose Winery she has picked up on a lot of wine knowledge and is excited to learn more! Her favorite wine is Ole Moo Moo and she invites you out for a visit and hopes to pour you a glass!