Born in Winston-Salem, NC, Lauren has always felt a deep connection with the state. Though she moved away for some years, it was her love of NC that brought her back soon after college. Taking a break from her first career in project management and information science, she met her husband Lee while both were working in a brewery. As a graduate of Babson College and UNC-Chapel Hill, she felt she had the tools and experience to launch a company and when the opportunity presented itself she jumped at the chance to start an urban winery. To further her wine education she earned WSET Level 2 certification and loves doing blind tastings. She encourages all wine lovers to give NC grapes and wine a chance to impress you!
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