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Round Barn Winery Hires New Winemaker

Posted on September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016 -- With an eye toward refinement and continuous improvement of its award winning wines, Round Barn Winery announced today they hired Brian Carlson as their new Winemaker. Carlson comes to Round Barn from Walla Walla, Washington with a Fermentation Sci-ence Degree from the U.C. Davis and has worked for the past 25 years with wineries in California, Oregon and Washington. During his college days he had the opportunity to experience working a harvest at Rosemount Estate in Australia. Partner Matt Moersch stated “Brian's knowledge of wine and the practices he employs in the vineyard are per-fectly aligned with our own attitudes for making great wine. I have no doubt that he’ll make a major impact on our business.” Brian will also be the consulting Winemaker for Free Run Cellars, located in Berrien Springs and owned by brothers Matt and Chris Moersch. Free Run’s boutique-style winery offers an epicurean experience for food and wine lovers; specializing in chef-created food pairings completing each wine sample.

“My basic philosophy has always been to allow the fruit to express itself. There can be times however when the skilled Winemaker needs to step in and nudge the wine back toward the desired stylistic goal. This is where my decades of experience come in handy,” says Carlson.

The hiring of Carlson as Winemaker follows the announcement from June that Round Barn hired Ryan Thornburg as their Culinary Director. “We’re really rounding out our management team with hiring Brian and Ryan. Both are highly experienced, exception-ally skilled in their crafts and together they are transforming the experience we want our guests to enjoy when visiting one of our properties and delighting in our products,” said Director of Marketing, Nicole Moersch. “We’re thrilled to have attracted such great talent to our beautiful corner of Michigan,” she added.

Located in Southwest Michigan in one of America’s most diverse vinicultural regions,
Round Barn and Free Run Cellars were acknowledged with several awards in July’s Michigan Wine Competition by the Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council. Round Barn Winery was awarded a gold medal for its 2013 Merlot, and took home silver med-als for its 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and Vineyard Tears. Free Run Cellars was awarded silver medals for 2012 Cabernet Franc and 2013 Dry Riesling. Their Syrah earned a Bronze medal. “With so much good wine being made in our state, we are very happy with this year’s awards. It’s meaningful that our dry wines performed so well in competition, particularly because many people initially came to know Round Barn through our fruit and sweet wines. These awards highlight the work we’ve done to in-novate our wine making to appeal to all wine drinkers,” noted Nicole Moersch.

Carlson is the second Winemaker of note to relocate to Southwest Michigan in recent months. Round Barn Winery donated a scholarship to Lake Michigan College’s Wine and Viticulture Technology Program which launched last fall. Program Director, Michael Moyer, relocated to Southwest Michigan also from Walla Walla, Washington and brought 17 years of teaching and winemaking experience.

CORPORATE BOILERPLATE: In the winemaking business for more than 35 years, we use time-honored traditions, artfully expressed with a “new world” twist, and are pleased to offer an experience unlike any other. Celebrating our 24th anniversary of business this year, we built a flourishing family operation rooted in a spirited, educational and friendly atmosphere; the perfect mixture of flavor and fun!

Round Barn Winery, Distillery & Brewery (Estate & Tasting Room)
10983 Hills Road, Baroda, MI roundbarnwinery.com

Free Run Cellar’s (Estate & Epicurean Tasting Experience)
10062 Burgoyne Road, Berrien Springs, MI freeruncellars.com

Round Barn Brewery & Public House (Restaurant)
9151 First Street, Baroda, MI

Union Pier Tasting Room (Round Barn & Free Run Retail)
9185 Union Pier Road, Union Pier, MI

Region: Great Lakes, USA
Job Function: Winemaking

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