Our Winery Family
Owner / Proprietor
Tasting Room Manager / Chef
Chef Vance isn’t just a local, he came with the land when John purchased it! His parents and grandparents owned the land before Aurora Colony Vineyards was established, so he has wonderful stories about the farm and surrounding area. Vance knew he wanted to be a chef at a young age but decided to take the long route to get there. He started cooking with his grandmother and learned the down to earth cooking style that he prefers.
After traveling Asia and many other parts of the world, he stopped in Europe, classically trained at The Cordon Bleu in Paris, and worked as a chef in Germany for 15 years. Now he brings his culinary magic to The Kitchen at Aurora Colony Vineyards – a place he calls home!
David Anderson, who was born in Eugene, Oregon, was working toward his degree in design in the early 1980s when he took a summer off to bicycle through Europe. The experience had a profound effect on his life – meeting new people, visiting wineries, museums, and cycling through beautiful countryside.
It was this experience that led him toward his path in the wine industry. Now with 20 years of extensive study and winery experience including work in Oregon, California and New Zealand, David brings his incredible winemaking skills to Aurora Colony Vineyards.
His approach or philosophy to winemaking starts in the vineyard – healthy vines and correct grape yields makes for better juice and wine.
“As a winemaker, my work is part science and part artist. We work with mother nature to ripen grapes and capture the flavors of this unique vineyard. From vineyard to bottle every harvest is like a new adventure with a lot of fun and hard work. Much of the artistic part comes from integrating different techniques which affect wine style and taste. I look forward to seeing you in our tasting room, come raise a glass a enjoy our chef-prepared foods. Cheers!” – David
Madeline Mooney grew up in nearby Butteville and has been an Aurora Colony Vineyards staple since 2014. Maddie’s smiling face has greeted guests, served wine, worked events, and even helped in the kitchen. She loves meeting guests from all over the world and listening to their stories about their wine – and life – adventures. With her friendly personality and her desire to help people fulfill their event’s creative vision, Maddie is a perfect fit as ACV’s event manager.
In addition to being our events manager, Maddie is working on her business and marketing degree at Clackamas Community College.
Maddie is valuable asset to ACV, and her philosophy “I make the world a better place one glass at a time” is one we can all stand behind!
Wine Club Manager
Kelly Trout has been an incredible asset to Aurora Colony Vineyards since she started in 2017. Her love of wine began many years ago, and she now has an extensive collection of Oregon wines.
Her love of food and wine makes for a natural fit in our Tasting Room and kitchen. Kelly has a great wine palette and is part of a team which assists our winemaker on barrel selection.