Our People

Skull Camp started out as a way to explore the fun side of wine…all blends, all semi-dry and all names for states of mind! We have fun making them (and our customers often have fun helping) so we think you’ll have fun drinking them! It was probably inevitable with three home brewers at skull camp and a lot of good friends who brew constantly in our ears that Skull Camp Brewing was born! Since mid-2012 we’ve brewed many different beers, ½ barrel at a time. Thanks to the great response from our customers, in early 2014 we expanded to a new location in Elkin and to a new 10 barrel system.  We now need help drinking it all!  In late 2017 we finally opened our new Skull Camp beer and wine tasting room in the renovated Basin Creek General Store, which includes the Skull Camp Smokehouse featuring all sorts of great food from our smoker.   We have a dog-friendly cover patio and great open area with picnic tables and lawn games.

The Team

Ken Gulaian

Owner & Winemaker

Ken enjoys the challenges of fighting off the weather, deer, birds, and other critters to grow great grapes, and turning those grapes into both traditional dry Round Peak wines and fun approachable Skull Camp canned wines.

Kari Heerdt


Still working her “corporate job” in Charlotte, Kari can be spotted helping out at the winery on weekends or at an occasional special event or festival. She enjoys her role as consultant and wine and beer taster but leaves the tough decisions to Ken and the team.

Jeff Leftwich

Head Brewmaster

Jeff started out with a 2 gallon Mr. Beer kit and jumped in with both feet moving to a 10 gallon all grain system as a home brewer. Jeff considers himself married to mother nature and spends his free time being a daddy 1st, then backpacking, primitive camping, and hanging in his hammock somewhere in the forest.

Marie Yockel

Financial Management

Marie likes adventures, and what an adventure it has been! Learning about beer and wine and meeting all the interesting folks at events is the best part of her job. While not out and about, Marie works behind the scenes doing financials.

Raechel Harris

Front House Manager

Bio coming soon.

Miranda Myers

Back House Manager

Bio coming soon.

Savannah Poplin

Tasting Room Associate

Bio coming soon.

Maya Cribbs

Marketing and Communications

Maya is a recent transplant to Winston Salem, NC and is originally from Georgia. Though fairly new to the Round Peak team, her favorite part about work so far is getting creative with social media content and graphic design. In her free time, you can catch her doing yoga, sunbathing or practicing her DJ skills.

Anna Cockerham

Marketing Intern

Anna is a Surry county local and currently goes to school at UNC-Chapel Hill! She loves spending time outside and with her family but can also be found curled up in her bed watching Netflix.

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The taproom and restaurant are currently closed for transition. Skull Camp has an agreement to be acquired by Locally Minded Brewing.