Moyer has crafted old vine Zinfandel from Amador County, Sonoma County Chardonnay, Carneros Pinot Noir, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington Riesling, and Walla Walla Sangiovese.
Prior to joining Lake Michigan College, Michael worked with Figgins Family Wine Estates in Walla Walla, Washington where he crafted a variety of wines for the esteemed Leonetti label, as well as Doubleback, Figgins, and Toil Oregon. He also worked with famed California brands, Etude and Peter Michael Winery.
Michael was instrumental in developing the Enology & Viticulture program at Walla Walla Community College. He has mentored dozens of students throughout the years, who are now a part of the fabric of the wine industry.
Michael de Schaaf
Vineyard and Winery Manager
Michael de Schaaf (originally of Benton Harbor, Michigan) has vast experience in the Michigan wine industry. He has produced wine for several area wineries, including Hickory Creek Winery, which he owned and operated for seven years. In 2002, he founded Lake Michigan Shore Wine Growers and operates a vineyard consultant business.
Michael plays a critical role in teaching students the best winemaking and viticulture practices. As a vineyard manager, Michael is a proponent of Integrated Pest Management and is always looking at ways to reduce inputs, while improving overall fruit quality. In the winery, Michael allows the grapes to express their characteristics without heavy manipulations. Classic, old world techniques paired with modern testing and technologies are the backbone of his style.
Devoted to the Michigan wine industry, Laura Morris has more than seven years of industry experience, at local wineries Dablon Vineyards, St. Julian Winery and Karma Vista Vineyards.
Laura completed several of the newly offered classes in the Lake Michigan College Wine and Viticulture Technology Program, to supplement her job experience before she enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to join Lake Michigan Vintners as brand manager.
Before starting her career in Southwest Michigan, Laura earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a minor in advertising at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.