If you have been even remotely engaged with the winery for the last several years you have seen the enormous change that has taken place. "Us"... well used to be us; Just Kristen and I and a few others including our three sassy kids. Today "Us" is WAY more than Kristen and I. I can't put my thumb on how this has all happened, but we have surrounded ourselves with a team of overwhelmingly dedicated individuals. Yes, Kristen and I still have our stamp on the winery. Having said that, the other "us's" have made an incredible impact on your winery experience today. We tip our hat to them and I hope you do as well. Without all of "us" our fun little winery would have not grown into this bigger, "funner" winery that we get to share with you. Please keep scrolling to read up on the people that make us Prairie Creek Vineyards.
-- Nicholas Ryan Owner/winemaker.
Katie joined the winery crew in 2014 and hasn't been happy since. Have you met her, Ehh??? She is largely in charge of everything you do not see and most of the things that you do see. Delivering wine, HR, answering ridiculous amounts of emails and phone calls, donation requests, Facebook, newsletters, licensing, inventory, festivals, marketing and other shi... I mean stuff. Her passion for that "perfect customer experience" is constantly pushing us to do better.
Chef, as she's known around here, is making sure that only pure art exits the kitchen these days. She originally started with the winery in 2012 as tasting room staff. In 2016/17 she did a 180 degree career change from IT work to culinary school. After that, she became Prairie Creek's head chef. I can't emphasize how well she has transitioned into her new career. She's a true leader. Courtney has made the move to Central City and is excited to call it home. There have been many, many times that I have been asked after supper, "Where did you find her? Don't let her go!!!" We don't plan to.
We don't know when Brenda started at the winery. Mostly because she was never hired. In the beginning, she was a friend helping out friends. Today, Brenda is the backbone of the winery. She's pretty great at what she does and I don't have to yell at her that often. Whatever is needed she is there to make it happen. Scheduling, offsite festivals, training, server wrangling, ambiance, and all of the stuff we don't know she does. When she quits we quit.