Kurtis is a graduate from Traverse City Central. He went on to school at NMU and later back to Traverse City enrolling in Michigan States extension Viticulture program, graduating in 2016. He was the first Michigan State IAT student to intern internationally. He went on Internship to Italy, in the Marche area where he was able to experience both old world viticulture and winemaking at the Cantina VignAmato in San Paolo Di Jesi, Italy. Kurtis has had a wide variety of experiences in the wine industry working in the Cellars and Vineyards locally.
Here at CGT, Kurtis works closely with Bernd. He does an assortment of things from lab analysis, to any additions the wines may need, and data logging daily cellar actions. Kurtis loves that every day at the winery is usually different. Which keeps things interesting. He has a passion for what he does and is excited for future vintages to come. When he is not at the winery, he can be caught in the great outdoors with his significant other Elizabeth and their dog Luna.
“Wine to me is passion. It’s family and friends. It’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It’s culture. It’s the essence of civilization and the art of living.” -Robert Mondavi