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.
Head Wine Maker
Josh brings a wealth of winemaking experience having spent the last 9 years at a large winery in Traverse City, becoming Cellar Master in 2012.