Meet the Team Meet Andy
Andrew Roush grew up on an old dairy farm in Howell,
Michigan. He completed his undergrad
studies at Alma College and then went on to attend the American Graduate School
of International Management inGlendale, Arizona. After
graduating with his Master’s Degree,
Andy missed the seasons of Northern Michigan. He made
the trip back to Michigan and worked as a project manager in Corporate America and then spent many years in finance. Northern Michigan was always a favorite place for Andy and he thought it would be a dream come true if one day he could live and work there.
Andy is thankful to have seen his dream come true and truly enjoys growing and harvesting the fruits of his labor at Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery. His favorite wine is Romance.
Tracie Roush grew up in the small town of Amherst, Ohio. She too worked in Corporate America after
graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Business
Management. Her father was a builder all
her life, so she enjoyed working with tools when she wasn’t behind the computer
or out on sales calls.
Tracie’s favorite was Late Harvest Riesling when Petoskey
Farms first opened it’s doors, but after three years her palate has changed.
Her favorite now? Tied between
Andy and Tracie Roush met the summer of ’99 while boating in
Ohio. Just 2 months after meeting, Andy
invited Tracie up North to share his special place. After 72 hours of Northern Michigan, Tracie
too shared a love of this extraordinary spot.
Since that summer of ’99, Andy and Tracie married, have 2
girls and have vacationed at Andy’s parent’s home in Indian River as they
retired up North over 20 years ago. In
2009, Andy said to Tracie one day “I can’t do what I am doing for the rest of
my life”. After praying and much
consideration over what they could do to sustain a living for their young
family, they decided to sell everything downstate and move north to pursue
building, owning and running their dream business.
For anniversary trips, Andy and Tracie both enjoyed wine
They loved what it meant:
relaxing, enjoying God’s countryside, the gift of each other and the wine that
blessed each of them throughout the year until the next anniversary trip.
The anniversary trip in the fall of 2010 made
them realize they could do this, and give the same experience to other people
in the land Andy had dreamed of calling home.
On June 30, 2012, after everything was sold, they moved their family of
four to Indian River while they looked for the perfect property to build their
On July 20, 2012, Tracie’s
birthday, they closed on 22 acres of beautiful hills and rolling
They started planting 1600
grapevines and planning their business.
With Tracie’s father passed, but his memory still very much alive, she
decided her put her love and experience of building and remodeling to the test
and take on the hat of General Contractor on the construction of their 5000+
sq. ft. facility that holds their home, winery and tasting room.
With the completion of a beautiful building
in May of 2014, situated on the perfect scenic hill in the Joy Valley, they opened their
doors for business on June 21, 2014. Since then, they have planted another
vineyard, added on to the outdoor patio, and have added more wines and hard
ciders to their menu. Their wines are well received and their place is the perfect
spot to relax and enjoy.
Taylor Huntman may have grown up in Indiana, but the state of Michigan has always held her heart. Most her childhood was spent on her grandparents' farms and she spent 8 years of her childhood showing in 4-H. Taylor graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN with her Bachelor's Degree in Risk Management & Insurance. One of Taylor's favorite things at Butler, besides basketball season, was when she worked as the Undergraduate Assistant at the Health & Recreation Complex on campus.
Taylor and her husband, Jacob, moved to Petoskey for the summer of 2016 while Taylor interned. Jacob had just gotten out of the US Navy and they both wanted to spend the summer, and possibly their whole lives, somewhere that they loved. Upon her 21st birthday, she and Jacob began to tour the many wineries in Northern Michigan. Her first winery was Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery, where she met Tracie and Andy. Needless to say, she fell in love!
Taylor has two personal favorites... in the summer she loves LOVE Sangria, but in the winter time she prefers the Daily Bread.
Meet Natalie & Alaina
Natalie & Alaina are the daughters of Tracie and Andy. These two help out around the farm when they aren't too busy with school. Both girls love to be involved with sports, drama, theatre and other school events when they aren't lending a helping hand to the farm.
What is their favorite farm activity? They love playing with the Winery Pup, Mia!
Alana was born and raised in Petoskey! Following her high school graduation, she attended EMU and then earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business and Accounting at LTU. She and her husband, Marty, lived in the Rochester and Romeo area for several years before moving back to Petoskey in late 1999 to raise their children and be near their parents. After years of being active in the scouting, athletics, Junior Achievement, and classrooms of her three children, she decided to work outside of her home in their local parish in 2014.
After hosting a surprise a 70th Birthday party for her mom at the vineyard, she developed a friendship with Tracie and Andy. She admired their personal attention to every visitor and felt inspired by their encouragement to greet guests and get to know them. Alana became a part of what she likes to call our "joyful family gatherings" in the summer of 2016. She feels blessed to work in such a beautiful environment and always leave with a smile on her face.
The first wine that Alana fell in love with was Late Harvest Riesling, she will tell you that her current favorite wine is all of them!