Mark & Madelynn Korzon
Owners, Suttons Bay Ciders
For 40 years, Mark and Madelynn Korzon have spent their summers hiking, swimming, cycling and exploring all of the activities that Northern Michigan has to offer. Following the sale of their Ann Arbor based landscape architecture business in 2013, they set out to find their next adventure and settled on a plan to combine their artistic talents with their love of Leelanau Peninsula agriculture and the result is Suttons Bay Ciders. For the past few years, Mark and Madelynn have worked to plan orchards, move boulders, cultivate local plant life and generally put their decades of landscape architecture experience to work in order to create an ideal setting for their Northern Michigan Hard Cidery. Thanks to all of that hard work, and with a big assist from Chris and Todd, Mark and Madelynn are ready to serve delicious hard cider set against unparalleled views of Grand Traverse Bay, Power Island and the Old Mission Peninsula. Seriously, check out the photos, the scenery is incredible!
Chris Guest, Cidermarker
Christian Guest’s experience with growing apples and making ciders dates back to 1985 when he and his father founded The Seven Lakes Vineyard. Their Fenton, Michigan farm consisted of 15 acres of wine grapes and 10 acres planted to six varieties of apple cider trees. He honed his blending skills by making delicious tasting sweet ciders which were sold at the roadside winery and tasting room. He pioneered producing fermented ciders in Michigan, experimenting with blending cider with white wine grapes to create full-bodied and oak-aged ciders that would develop complex flavors from sur-lie barrel and bottle aging.
He recent career path has been to consult with a number of Leelanau County winery operations since 1996, overseeing production operations and product design decisions across a variety wines.
He has said of returning to hard cider making at Suttons Bay Ciders, “Making hard cider in Northern Michigan offers a new and exciting direction for the state’s apple industry while connecting to a too-long neglected tradition of small, farm-based hard cider production.”
Todd Morgan, Cellar Manager, and Sales Manager
Todd Morgan, a recent escapee from our nation's Capital, landed in Leelanau just in time to throw in his lot with Suttons Bay Ciders. Todd brings with him a varied work history to the Leelanau Peninsula wine trail - everything from teaching reluctant Japanese students to speak English, to helping the Smithsonian organize 'our nation's attic'. Todd wears many hats at Suttons Bay Ciders, including Chief Hydrologist, Outside Sales Manager, Cellar Manager, Assistant to the Genius Cider Master, and Deer Chaser.