Drake is a surname on my father's side, and the middle name of my oldest son. It captures the heart of our family owned and operated winery, and references a time when adventurous spirit brought the old world to the new. After studying wine at Davis, I migrated to the Central Coast in search of the frontier, making wines with such industry pioneers as Ken "Byron" Brown and Ken Volk of Wild Horse. After 15 years of "service" it was time for me to forge my own label.

My wife Andi and I wear all the hats in our business, drawing on our combined experience to produce and sell consumable art. We are dedicated to crafting limited bottlings of 100% varietal, block designate wines that speak through the vineyard and reflect a sense of place. By leasing rows from our favorite vineyard blocks and making wine in the cooperative environment inside the old Lawrence Winery in the Edna Valley, we intimately control every step in the process.



I migrated to San Luis Obispo with all my belongings stuffed into a 1970 VW bus, sponsored by a crush job with Ken "Byron" Brown and fueled with the dream of getting the band back together. The band lasted a couple years but I found new passions, seduced by Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and the girl next door who became my wife. We have made our home in Los Osos, a bayside community outside of the bustling metropolis of San Luis Obispo, and have two boys, Charlie and Gus , and our greyhound Abbey.

Over the years, I have become a disciple of many well known vineyard blocks and an explorer of less developed viticultural areas. This spirit culminates in Drake Wines, fine tuning the venerable Pinot Noir and Chardonnay plantings of Bien Nacido and Laetitia Vineyards, while following inspiration in making Viognier from the warm, calcareous soils of San Benito. Enjoy our gems!


Mark Cummins
Winemaker, Founder
DRAKE WINES
2195 Corbett Canyon Road
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
805.845.4801
DRAKE WINES
2195 Corbett Canyon Road
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
805.845.4801
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