Owners: Ken Gulaian and Kari Heerdt
Hi everyone! We are Kari Heerdt and Ken Gulaian, and as the owners of Round Peak Vineyards, we’d like to introduce ourselves and our team, and invite you to visit! We met in Cincinnati in 1998 when we were both working for General Electric. We moved to Charlotte, NC in 2000, loved it, and decided North Carolina was where we would stay!
Life had other plans for us, however, and in 2006 our move to Oakland, California would prove to be instrumental. During our time in California we spent a lot of time visiting vineyards and enjoying wine, especially the small family owned wineries in the Dry Creek Valley.
When we had the opportunity to return to North Carolina in 2008, we jumped at the chance. Ken had already decided it was time to give up the corporate world, and an opportunity to own a winery in North Carolina was impossible to resist!
We are committed to making the best possible wines, and to keeping Round Peak Vineyards a relaxing retreat for you to enjoy. We hope you’ll come experience Round Peak Vineyards. While you are here, take some time to visit some of the other numerous wineries in our region, and take advantage of all that our area has to offer!
Round Peak has a great team that makes it all happen day to day. While each has a primary responsibility, everyone helps at times with all aspects of the vineyard, winery, and tasting room business. You’ll also find that everyone also has knowledge of beer and brewing, and all are involved in our Skull Camp Brewery Operation.
George & Susan Little and Janet & Lee Martin
Round Peak Vineyards was started by George and Susan Little and Janet and Lee Martin following their trip to the Napa Valley in 1998. Their dream of owning their own vineyard became a reality when they purchased the 32-acre vineyard site on Round Peak Church Road in 1999 and planted six varieties of grapes on eight acres in 2000. George Little and Lee Martin met as students at Davidson College, graduated in 1964, pursued careers in law and banking and married Susan and Janet, both educators. The two couples became friends when the Martins moved to Winston-Salem in 1983 and soon discovered a common passion for fine wine.