OUR WINERY FAMILY
Owner / Proprietor
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
Wine Club Manager / Tasting Room 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.
Sherri has been working with at ACV since September 2018. She moved to Oregon seven years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas, where she had been an account executive in the logistics and transportation industry for 35 years. She moved to Oregon to marry a wonderful man from Portland who works for Renaissance Homes.
She first visited ACV on one of her and her husband’s weekly wine tasting tours. They loved the wine so much that they signed up for the Wine Club that day (they were Bailey’s first wine club sign up!). After talking with Bailey, she mentioned that she’d love to work at a winery. As it happened, ACV was hiring! Bailey handed her an application, and the rest is history!
Bailey Aldrich has been at ACV since September 2018 and has been a great addition to our Tasting Room staff, planning and working events and assisting with food and wine service. Bailey is originally from Southern Oregon and is a magna cum laude graduate of Portland State University with a degree in Child, Youth & Family Studies. She plans on being an elementary teacher.
She is the first-ever Miss Oregon Volunteer and has a passion for serving Oregon through volunteerism, advocacy and education.
“I love working at ACV. I enjoy the environment and the people I get to serve. I learn new things every day from the people I interact with and those I work with. I love that you never really stop learning about wine because it is not ever the same. It is unique and an experience in itself.”
Marketing & Distribution Manager
In 2019, after noticing Toby Wolfe and his girlfriend (now wife) in the Tasting Room every week for their Friday night date, Kelly joked with him about being there so often that he should work there. The joke turned into a job offer, and Toby took her up on it and became one of ACV’s favorite servers!
Toby grew up in Tualatin and graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 2010. He’s worked in retail since he was 15 years old, starting in customer service at The Garden Corner and becoming the general manager after graduating from OSU. He developed The Garden Corner’s online presence, webstore and mobile app while continuing to manage their Tualatin location.
When Toby is not busy working at ACV’s Marketing & Distribution Manager or traveling across the U.S. refereeing hockey games (a passion he’s had since he was a kid), he loves taking his wife out wine tasting and continuing their date night tradition.
“I really enjoy and love learning about wine. It is amazing to me how simple yet complex it is and how each person takes something different out of it.”