About Us

Vineyard Journeys encourages people to find inspiration and authentic experiences. Go where others don’t. Experience countries and people through the eyes of locals.

Vineyard Journeys is the brainchild of Mindy Harris, owner of Vineyard, a boutique marketing firm in Boston. After over a decade serving as a cantor in the Jewish community, Mindy stepped off the pulpit to work in communications with companies in both the private and public sectors. In 2015, after a life-changing trip to Tanzania, Mindy and Vineyard have been working with international tourism brands in Africa and now Central America to bring thoughtful and exciting experiences to American travelers. With some new great travel industry staff and project collaborators, Vineyard has spearheaded some inspirational new itineraries to share with organizations, friends and family that are interested in meaningful and educational trips. We are currently offering the East Africa Spiritual Journey in the summer of 2018.

We have lots of great destinations and itineraries to recommend, if you need some trip planning advice.

Meet the Team

Mindy Harris

Managing Director, Vineyard
mindy@vineyardglobal.net

Mindy began her marketing career as public relations director for the Northeast Organic Farming Association, one of the largest food education and policy organizations in New England. From there moved into marketing consulting for the private sector at the Williams Agency in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has collaborated with national and international brands such as JetBlue, Maker’s Mark, Whole Foods Market and ZipCar on event marketing projects. Mindy served as the Marketing & Events Manager at the James Beard-award winning Oleana Restaurant Group under the leadership of Executive Chef Ana Sortun. Vineyard (formerly Mindy Harris Communications) was born in 2011, and has continued to grow into a team effort. Mindy holds a master’s degree from Harvard University and a bachelors from Northwestern. When she’s not cultivating her garden or busy staring at the latest sans serif fonts, she’s en route to the bush somewhere in Africa.

Jeremy Sampson

Director of Marketing and Global Sustainability

Jeremy formalized his expertise in the international travel industry during several years at Sustainable Travel International (STI), where he was Vice President of Marketing and Partnership Development. During his time at STI, Jeremy was the program lead for the Sustainable Travel Leadership Network, through which he facilitated the first Travel and Tourism Collective Impact Summit. He has been a speaker at various global conferences, including ITB Berlin, the IUCN World Conservation Congress, and the American Indian Tourism Conference. In addition to consulting with Vineyard, Jeremy is serving as President of Greenspot Travel, a leader in customized luxury eco-travel. Jeremy is usually hiking with his family in Washington State, thinking about ways to save the planet, solving problems, or generally bringing people together. He’s our in-house diplomat.

Megan Taylor

Director of Public Relations

Megan Taylor has spent over 13 years involved in all aspects of marketing and public relations for luxury lifestyle accounts. As the Director of Public Relations for Hospitality-Marketing’s Fort Lauderdale office, Megan managed the Boca Raton Resort & Club, El San Juan Resort, and Casa Marina accounts. Immediately prior, she served as PR Manager for the Four Seasons Hotel Miami, where she raised visibility for the Four Seasons culinary excellence through chef-driven cooking classes.In an earlier role as Director of Account Services at KWE Partners, Megan directed a wide-range of programs for clients Cheeca Lodge and the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Resorts in Mexico. Megan has secured editorial coverage for clients in The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Vogue, SHAPE, Food + Wine, and hundreds of global media outlets. In addition, she has received numerous distinctions in Travel + Leisure’s Social Media in Travel and Tourism Industry Awards and HOTELS Magazine’s Social Hotels Awards. Taylor graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication. When she’s not off traveling to properties with her press partners, you can usually find Megan relaxing with a cocktail on the beach somewhere on the Caribbean coast.

Kristin Jessup

Marketing and Sales Manager
Kristin hails from one of the world’s leading tour operators, Audley Travel, and helped launch their US office in Boston. At Audley, she designed and sold African holidays as a senior specialist, and led her team with a comprehensive knowledge of Southern Africa, Tanzania, and Seychelles. She has a solid product background and managed an A-list client portfolio with a large percentage of repeat clients. Kristin now handles sales, product support, competitor research, and customized itineraries for our travel industry clients and partners. When Kristin is not traveling and helping others plan their dream holidays, she’s out hiking, taking wildlife photos, or relaxing with a good South African wine.