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 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.
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.
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.