First 2 Graduates of Winemaking Apprenticeship in Michigan

Making wine is an art and a science—and now two winemaking apprentices have mastered the skills they need for a successful career.

St. Ambrose Cellars in Beulah has one of two winemaker apprenticeships in the U.S.

Lawmakers showed up on Friday to acknowledge two apprentices on their graduation from the program.

They are the first two to complete an apprenticeship in Michigan.

But not the last.

Nathan Ely and Scott Cramton finished the program, with Cramton hired as the Cellar Master at St. Ambrose.

“A lot of hands on training at the different wineries we went to and including here where I work, I just feel very grateful and appreciative,” he says.

Other wine-making apprentices from across the country showed up to congratulate today’s graduates.