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Drew Perry, Head Winemaker

Drew Perry was born to be a winemaker. His philosophy and approach to winemaking is to never be stuck to one philosophy or approach as mother nature never provides the same growing conditions from year to year. He believes that you should never try to mold a wine to what you want it to be, but instead you need to work with what you are given based on the site, the variety, and the vintage growing conditions.

Drew graduated from Michigan State University in 2006 with a degree in Viticulture as well as Oenology and then moved to Napa to hone his craft with a job at Pine Ridge as a Cellar Assistant for a year before moving back to Traverse City to become an Assistant Winemaker at Left Foot Charley. where he further developed his skills until 2014. Since joining Aurora Cellars in 2014, he has created iconic aromatic whites, distinctive cool climate red wines, and authentic sparkling wines from the Leelanau Peninsula. He also makes the wines for Good Harbor Vineyards and a variety of custom clients.

Drew loves making wines that express the unique qualities of each individual vineyard site on the Leelanau Peninsula as a whole. He strives to create a wine that expresses a specific sense of place. His mission is the creation of wines that surprise and delight the senses.


Meet the Aurora wine production team!

In order from left to right: Jim, Chad, Drew, Mike, Ethan.