Wendy and Melissa Middaugh became the new owners of Northern Sun Winery in December 2020. Wendy's son, Jonathan Bovard, is the Vineyard Manager and Vintner. The first year was spent in an apprenticeship with the previous owners, Dave and Susie Anthony.
"This first year is about learning. We feel like if we get through the first year and we've learned as much as we can in each season, than in the following years we can think more about a growth plan," says Wendy.
Jonathan says, "The thing I am most excited about is that this is a family venture that we have embarked on here. I'd like my kids also to go and come back and continue to grow with us so that in the future it is the family vineyard. It's our family, its our life, its our tradition."
Melissa says, 'We are eager to create an environment that supports community. We have all worked internationally and now we are living here in the UP and want to explore ways of doing that work locally. We look forward to partnering with non-profit organizations, hosting events and giving back."