small beginnings ...great wine
  • Grape Selection is Key | We've got great soil and climate for growing grapes. So, what varieties of grapes to choose? Grape Selection is Key | We've got great soil and climate for growing grapes. So, what varieties of grapes to choose? We've got great soil and climate for growing grapes. So, what varieties of grapes to choose?
  • Sugar Creek Winery Aerial View | Looks like all of our hard work is starting to pay off... Sugar Creek Winery Aerial View | Looks like all of our hard work is starting to pay off... Looks like all of our hard work is starting to pay off...
  • New Grapes on the Vine! | Can't wait to see them change color! New Grapes on the Vine! | Can't wait to see them change color!
  • Black rot and birds were formidable challenges, but the Sugar Creek Vineyard and Winery team bounced back. Black rot and birds were formidable challenges, but the Sugar Creek Vineyard and Winery team bounced back.
  • Veraision began in mid-July. Veraision is the term meaning “the onset of ripening”. Veraision began in mid-July. Veraision is the term meaning “the onset of ripening”.
  • 2015 Harvest Crew Harvest Crew
  • Great Wine in the Making | Multiple Awards in 2015! Great Wine in the Making | Multiple Awards in 2015! Great Wine in the Making | Multiple Awards in 2015!
  • 52 gallon American Oak Barrels 52 gallon American Oak Barrels After racking the Marquette went into one 52 gallon American Oak barrel with medium toast on September 30.
from humble beginnings comes
a great little winery

How it all got started

A little dinner, a little wine, lots of laughter with good friends and the next thing you know... Sugar Creek Winery is more than just a random musing.

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What's happening now

2015-2016 Vineyard & Winery Udates

2016 turned out to be a very busy year and also a very good year. First and foremost the winter of 2015-16 was normal or average on both temperature and precipitation. This allowed the vines a chance to mature normally and there was virtually no winter damage to the vines and buds. Although the Traminette was still struggling to recover font polar vortex experienced three year earlier. Due to that slowness to recover, it was determined that those Traminette that were dead or dying would be uprooted and replaced with a more cold hearty varietal, Brianna. Brianna is a white, American hybrid grape developed at the University of Minnesota. The Brianna Grape, Vitis 'Brianna', grows large clusters of white grapes and has an orderly growth habit. Berries are greenish gold to gold when fully ripe. This grape makes a very nice semi-sweet table wine with a honey-apricot-peach taste. Approximately 220 Traminette vines were pulled up and replaced with ~150 Brianna vines. This was due to the expanded spacing of each vine. Traminette was on 8 foot centers while Brianna is set at 12 foot. This was based on recommendation from Bruce Bordelon, Professor of Horticulture at Purdue.



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Photo Journal

Check out our photo journal and see all the changes that are happening.

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2015 Harvest & Cellar Work

Summer 2014 – Spring 2015

2012 Planting Begins!

Get all the details here or visit our gallery and take a photo tour.

Check out our Awards!

 

Follow us as we start a winery from scratch!

Wine Tech

Don't think that wineries are high tech? Think again, there's a lot that goes into creating a great wine, from the right soil, choosing the right casks, keeping things at the right temperature, and creating flavors, all the way to the final product.

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Starting a Winery

So you think you want to start a winery? What comes next?

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Gallery

Check out our photo journal and follow us on our journey as we build Sugar Creek Winery from the ground up!

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