Our Staff, aka our Family

Our Story

Hartwood Winery was established in the spring of 1989 in the rural community of Hartwood, located in Stafford, Virginia. Owner, Jim Livingston, started building the Winery while still an educator with Prince William County, Virginia.  Jim has been involved with Virginia wine making since 1975.  With the help of family and friends, Jim established the first Stafford County commercial vineyard in 1981 and farm winery in 1989. Jim's wife, Beverly, joins him in making the winery what it is today.

Hartwood is in an area long known for its heavy deer population. "Hart" is the old English word for deer, and according to local legend, is the basis of the area's name, and in turn Hartwood Winery's logo.

Heather Brown, Tasting Room Assistant

Heather was born and raised in Ohio.  She has lived in Colorado, and lived in Virginia for the past 6 years.  Heather comes from a long line of wine lovers, but this is her first time working for a winery.  She obtained her Masters in Counseling from Regent University.  She is currently working with children as a Counselor when she is not helping out at the winery.  Heather enjoys wine is excited to learn about the wine making process.

Brandy Bodolay, Vineyard Assistant

Brandy is a recent graduate of Germanna Community College She will enter Mary Washington University this fall to study Biology/Botany. Her love of plant life, vineyard, orchard and flower gardens and related interest in insect and wildlife interactions makes this lady a valued asset to Hartwood Vineyards.

Chris Murphy, Tasting Room Manager

Longtime friend and patron of Hartwood, Chris has been here since 1995; he has helped with all aspects of the winery, from harvesting the vineyard, giving wine tours and tastings, and everything else! - always with a smile.

Chris believes that there is a wine for any time!