Morgan Creek Vineyards
Morgan Creek Vineyards is a ten acre farm site located along the Morgan Creek, a tributary to the Minnesota River, approximately 15 miles west of Mankato and 9 miles east of New Ulm. The site includes an energy efficient underground Farm Winery and separate family dwelling. The 3 acre vineyard currently is being maintained with minimal organic practices. The 2012 growing season will be focused on on-going transitioning the vineyard to Biodynamic practices; maintaining new planting of 500 Marquette grapes (cold hardy cultivars); sheep grazing rotation; compost pile management; general vineyard maintenance; vineyard and winery tours.
The winery is open to the public Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The winery offers public tours and Saturdays and Sundays. European style flatbreads/pizza are prepared from local foods and baked in the winery’s outdoor wood fired oven for visitors. A full schedule of seasonal events involving local artisans and musicians are offered from May through December.
Morgan Creek Vineyards, regional leader in the Minnesota Farm Wine Industry, produces distinctive national award winning fine wines using environmentally and socially sustainable, agricultural business practices since 1993. Morgan Creek Vineyards is an agri-tourist culinary destination that promotes through education and events, mutually beneficial relationships based on regionally produced food and wine. Morgan Creek Vineyards, Minnesota’s only underground winery is proud to be a designated Minnesota Green Route Destination and a member of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Minnesota Grown marketing group.
We are excited to announce an internship opportunity with Morgan Creek Vineyards assisting with the transition of a 3 acre established vineyard to a biodynamic system. Interns would be involved directly with vineyard maintenance, biodynamic preparations, vineyard tours, and wine work.
- Experience working with farm tools, tractor, mower, sprayer – will train.
- Pruning skills helpful but will train.
- Public speaking
May through September (flexible)
3 - 4 days per week (flexible schedule)
7- 8 hour work day (flexible)
- Room and Board lodging within family residence
- stipend negotiable
Georg and Paula Marti are owner/operators of Morgan Creek Vineyards a Minnesota Farm Winery. Georg is presently wine maker and Ben Marti is assistant wine maker. Paula is general manager overseeing operations of tasting room, gift shop, and events.
We are also a family of musicians. Ben, a Gustavus Adolphus College Music graduate, performs solo piano on open weekends at the winery. He also plays with a Jazz Trio that performs regularly at the winery. Ben has participated in Youth For Understanding as an exchange student. He lived in Germany during his junior year in high school, and, studied in Vienna, Austria for his junior year in college. He speaks fluent German. In addition to wine making and vineyard management, Ben works at Gustavus Adolphus College Music Department as a studio accompianist
In addition to wine making Georg (pianist) is employed at MRCI New Ulm. He is branch manager of the facility that assists with vocational training for people with disabilities. Georg’s family owns and operates the New Ulm August Schell Brewing Company, the second oldest family owned brewery in the United States.
Paula (oboist), a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, recently retired to the winery, from a career of working in the field of public relations. Most recently she was Director of Communications, editor/writer, press secretary for the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm.