Neviana Zhgaba, Founder and Co-owner of Aquila’s Nest Vineyards
Location: Newtown, CT
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The connection between community and winemaking was ingrained in Neviana’s Albanian upbringing. Her path to owning a vineyard, however, was anything but linear.
After moving to Connecticut to study at Fairfield University, Neviana built a successful career in technology including ten years at General Electric and ongoing work with BNY Melon in data analytics. As she and her husband grew their family, they tapped into their heritage following the desire to embrace a farming lifestyle and the scenery around them. Together in 2020, they opened Aquila’s Nest Vineyards, an experience-focused winery providing visitors with experiences that excite the five senses. With the strong support of her team, town and family she owns the winery while balancing multiple careers.
Neviana’s passion for community engagement and women’s empowerment has strongly influenced the vineyard’s brand identity. Not only are the wines named after women from ancient mythology and history, but Aquila’s Nest Vineyards actively partners with over 70 women-owned local businesses fueling a network of strong female leaders.