Morgan Creek

Bottling
Bottling

Charlie Brammer a retired insurance salesman decided to take his long-time love for wine and turn it into a business by opening his own winery. He said that he had always been fascinated wine, so in 2000, Brammer founded Morgan Creek Vineyards in his hometown of Harpersville, Alabama. Now Morgan Creek Vineyards is one of the South’s finest wineries.

Brammer, enjoyed visiting various wineries for most of his life, he had enjoy making a little wine on the side. In 1990 he started seriously thinking about opening a winery. After a guy told him that it would cost him at least $100,000, he said that he forgot about it and continued working an insurance salesman.

When Brammer retired he again talked with a friend about starting a winery, and began reading all the books that he could fine. In 2000 Morgan Creek Vineyards opened and became the third winery in Alabama. Currently there are around twenty in the state. Brammer said Alabama was on its way to becoming a wine producing state.

Morgan Creek Vineyards produces several varieties of wines, ranging from Muscadine wines to locally grown fruit wines.

 

Muscadine
Muscadine

 

Muscadine and Scuppernong are a type of North American grape native to the lower half of the United States. The individual berry is much larger than those found in bunch grapes, but are grown in smaller pods or bunches and have a thicker skin.

 

Scuppernong
Scuppernong

 

Muscadine usually refers to the purple or black berries while the bronze or golden berries are called Scuppernongs. However, a Scuppernong is also a Muscadine.

 

Lucy Look a Like Winner
Lucy Look a Like Winner

 

The Grape stomp and “Lucy Lookalike” contest is an annual event held on the third Saturday in September which draws more than 2,000 visitors each year.

 

Drying Up
Drying Up

 

 

 

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14 thoughts on “Morgan Creek

  1. What a fun set of shots, Phillip. All nicely done. I’ll have to try some Morgan Creek. I’ve seen the brand in my area, just never tried it out.

    It’s nice to read a success story like this.

    1. Thanks Jimi. Check out a bottle and see if it is from Alabama. As I was telling Rob, I understood that he sold most in Alabama and Mississippi.

  2. I can not find Morgan Creek up here, but we too enjoy wines from our local area. Looks like an enjoyable photo-shoot.

    1. You might not be able to find this label in Minnesota. Ironically, I just found another Morgan Creek Vineyard, and out of all places it is located in Minnesota. LOL

      The owner of the one located here mentioned that they sold their products through out Alabama and Mississippi. However, I read an article that was several years old that mentioned that California purchased a lot from him because Muscadines don’t grow there.

  3. Pretty interesting. After living in the San Francisco Bay Area for so long, I got spoiled by the great wines nearby. Now it seems there are wineries everywhere. Curious to know how they compare. Nice photos!

    1. Thank Kris, I understand that there are a lot of differences. I’m actually the teetotaler of the family, better know as the designated driver, so I wouldn’t know. LOL

  4. I went on a wine tour in Tuscany a couple of years ago, what a great day out!! Lots to see and drink. Nice set of images Phillip. Brought back some great memories of my Tuscan trip.

  5. Terrific post Phillip. I love that Charlie Brammer had a dream and made it come to fruition. Lovely set of images. You should really come visit some of the wineries we have here in Ontario in the Niagra region. Not only is the wine good but the photo ops are amazing.

    1. Thank you Edith! Isn’t that cool. It’s was inspiring to hear him speak and tell about going after his dream. I would love to visit your area. My parents used to tell of a trip that we took up there when I was two. However, I can’t remember a thing about it. LOL

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