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 Comments

  1. Jimi Jones September 19, 2011 at 4:51 am #

    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.

    • Phillip September 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

      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. Rob September 19, 2011 at 10:57 am #

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

    • Phillip September 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

      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. Kris Koeller September 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    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!

    • Phillip September 19, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

      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. Marc September 19, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    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.

    • Phillip September 19, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

      This was a small setup, but was very interesting.

  5. A Creative Adventure September 20, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    Looks like a good time stomping on the grapes. Love the drying up almost raisin look in the last shot!

    • Phillip September 20, 2011 at 7:46 am #

      Thanks Denise. That’s on of my favorites too.

  6. Edith Levy September 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    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.

    • Phillip September 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

      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

  7. DaniLew September 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    What a great story, Phillip, and some wonderful images too!

    • Phillip September 24, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

      Thanks Danielle. I appreciate you stopping by!

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