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Morgan Creek Vineyard and Winery

Morgan Creek Vineyard and Winery, the first farm winery in New Ulm, Brown County in Southern Minnesota, was established in 1993 by George and Paula Marti. The winery follows a family heritage of immigrant entrepreneurs who were co-founders of New Ulm, Minnesota and business partners in the construction and operation of the Schell Brewing Company founded in 1860. Visit for wine tasting, craft beer and wood fired cuisine.

 

In the beginning grape growing, wine production, and developing Morgan Creek Vineyard's public outreach to the regional community included a business for growth that incorporated sustainability based on eco and agricultural tourism and access to jobs for rural Minnesotans.

 

The Morgan Creek Vineyard's eco-friendly winery, built in an underground shelter designed to remain at an ambient temperature year round, is conducive to wine making and aging. An eighty year old barn on the winery grounds underwent a 20 year restoration and repurposing process and now facilitates grape crushing, wine storage and production, and dry storage.

Morgan Creek Winery's goal is to become an eco-sustainable winery with a combination of solar and wind power. They're a member of the State-wide Green Route tourism system (greenroutes.org) and are committed to upholding the Green Routes' criteria:

•Contributes to the local economy by employing local residents, using local products and growers, and supporting local businesses.
•Conserves and/or enhances our natural resource base (e.g. through use of renewable energy, recycling, green building techniques, wildlife habitat protection, etc.)
•Uses sustainably produced or organically grown products.
•Engages customers and visitors through active, personal, and meaningful participation in nature, people, places, history, and/or cultures.

The winery is in the stages of converting vineyard acreage using organic/biodynamic viticulture practices known to enhance soil fertility, crop nutrition, pest, weed and disease management and the general health of a vineyard. The Marti family has been working with Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and the Biodynamic Demter program in order to develop these skills and have access to technical assistance in the creation of a line of organic wines.

For George and Paula Marti both the science and art of fine winemaking was necessary to build an agricultural practice that includes wine and food as dual attractions. The earliest offering Sips of History: Minnesota River Wine, Beer, and History Trail personified Morgan Creek's dedication to continued education, preserving history, and supporting viticulture development in the region. The new regional wine trail – Great Prairie Wine Trail, will include two new wineries with an additional two more wineries in 2015.


There is much more to Morgan Creek Vineyards than wine. Aside from Morgan Creek Winery's cold-hardy French hybrid grape wines and craft beer there's a lot to see and do at the Winery.

The Gourmet Cooking Series: Celebrating Food and Wine, annual Winemaker's Dinner and Wine & Cheese People's Choice Awards

Morgan Creek Vineyards Grapes & Grains: New Ulm also featured a weekly NOSH Nite! as a part of the commitment to the developing flavors of artisan wines & craft beers coming from the New Ulm community. In 2015 a sweet, sour, salty, and German NOSH were part of a Thursday evening event sponsored at the winery and served as part of the featured menu.

Cambria Crush: the Annual Great Grape Stomp voted "Best Fall Event" in Southern Minnesota by Explore Southern Minnesota. The most unique and authentic grape stomp hosted in Minnesota creates an atmosphere that celebrates the relationship to the land and the experience of the harvest season. Thousands of people gather to stomp, dance, and transform the work of the season into the great wines of the next spring!

Culinary Adventures: the IMU Pit Oven "Farm to Fork" Wine Dinners. Preparing the IMU oven, or Earth Oven, one of the oldest methods of cooking that traps, steams or bakes food. Many cultures around the world still use this method which dates back to ancient civilizations.

Taste Events: include guided wine tastings on the week-ends.

Toast: Morgan Creek Vineyard's Creek-side Café, which serves fine wine and craft beer paired with gourmet wood fired appetizers for luncheon or evening visits.

Cultural Decadence Events:  like the Annual Artists-in-Residence Performing Artist Series, Winedown for the Week-end and Jazz Night are all part of an ongoing cultural and arts attraction

 

Morgan Creek Vineyard's Wine List:

Colure - dry
Puck's Pride - dry
Saint John Reserve - dry
Seyval - dry
Ten Thousand Vines - dry
Redtail Ridge - semi-dry
Gewürztraminer - semi-sweet
Nova - semi-sweet
Relativity - semi-sweet
Saint Pepin - semi-sweet
Zeitgeist - semi-sweet
Fox Run - sweet
Morgan Creek Myst - sweet
Saint Wenceslaus - sweet
Vignoles - sweet
Black Ice - dessert
Sweet E - dessert

 

Morgan Creek Vineyard Winery Hours
Nov - Dec Hours

Fri - Sat 11am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 5 pm
Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm

Online shopping how to buy Morgan Creek Wines
 

Where to Shop Morgan Creek Wines in Minnesota

Whatever the season, spring, autumn or winter,  Morgan Creek Vineyards has an activity that brings everything together: music, shopping, sledding, wine-crushing, eating, drinking and just gathering together with friends and family. 

 

 

As Minnesota's only underground winery, Morgan Creek Vineyards is an Explore Minnesota designated Minnesota Green Route Destination; Greater Mankato's Best Hospitality 2008 Award Recipient; named Edible Twin Cities 2010 Local Food Hero - Best Artisan Beverage; and ranked Farm to Table "Gourmand" by Southern Minnesota SCENE magazine, and featured at the 2013 & 14 Governor's Fishing Opener Banquet..

Morgan Creek Vineyards voted "Farm to Table Gourmand" by Southern Minnesota Scene Magazine.
Local Food Hero - "Best Artisan Beverage" by Edible Twin Cities
"Best Hospitality" by Greater Mankato Growth & Visit Mankato CVB!