Vineyard and Winery Consultant
Traverse City, MI
Course(s): VIN 275 - Financial Management for the Wine Business Entrepreneur
VIN 276 - Advanced Tasting Room Management
As a “Jane of many trades” in the Northern Michigan Wine Industry, you could find me in the cellar in the morning, Tasting Room in the afternoon and running payroll before I head home to work on my personal farm. Many new and beginning grape growers and winemakers, like myself, wear many hats.
Mari Vineyards opened in spring 2016. As a consultant, I had been working on construction and design of the 30,000 sq ft Gravity Flow Facility, obtaining all relevant federal, state and local permits, and managing the day to day operations. Today as the Operations Manager, I am responsible for day to day financials, compliance with all regulatory agencies, purchasing and materials flow, payroll, HR, safety, coordination among the Tasting Room, Cellar and Vineyard crews, off-site events and the wine club.
I have provided consulting services to many Northern Michigan producers for everything from Tasting Room Training to Start-Up and Operations. My husband Brian, winemaker at Chateau Chantal and Hawthorne Vineyards, and I own a farm on Old Mission where we grow a diverse variety of grapes and flowers. I am the Managing Partner of a start-up winery called the 1855 Project, in its infancy.
I received a top notch education, on the job, from Charlie Edson, PhD, at Bel Lago Vineyards and Winery, where I served as the Operations Manager and Assistant Winemaker for 7 years. I was in charge of day to day operations of the Tasting Room, Cellar and Custom Crush clients. I had the opportunity to work with over 100 grape varietals under Charlie’s tutelage. I have served on many boards and committees furthering the Michigan Wine Industry.
I earned an MS in Agricultural Economics, as the Graduate Assistant to Soji Adelaja, Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy, where I studied sustainability, viability, Entrepreneurialism and funding for the Ag Sector. I also earned a BS in Environmental Economics and Policy at Michigan State University.