E. Karl Boegner, Owner and Winemaker
If E. Karl Boegner’s middle name weren’t Karl, then it would be “Hospitality” because Boegner’s lifetime of accomplishments in the industry would undoubtedly impress Conrad Hilton himself. Most recently, Boegner added winemaker to his considerable list of achievements, with the establishment of Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery near the historic town of Dahlonega in the mountains of North Georgia.
Wolf Mountain – with its annual production of 5,000 cases of award-winning European-style wine, its gourmet dining offerings and its stellar reputation as a destination for Sunday brunches and spectacular weddings – marks the culmination of Boegner’s career to this point. (No one is suggesting that he is about to slow down.)
Since 1978, Boegner’s focus has been Hospitality Operators, Inc., of which he is president. Among a long list of duties carried out since he formed this restaurant, hotel and private club management and consulting company is the luxury executive hotel that he opened and where he served as general manager. He opened and managed Chateau Elan, and as executive vice president, operated a 1,000-acre luxury golf course, residential resort, winery and vineyard in Braselton, Ga.
Boegner served as senior vice president of club and polo operations for the Polo Fields in Cumming, Georgia. While performing these and many other jobs for over four decades, Boegner also coordinated The Atlanta International Wine Festival & Wine Summit competitions with more than 150 judges and 1,500 wines. He developed, marketed, opened and operated The Roswell Founders Club, a city club concept located in an antebellum building in Roswell, Ga. as well as the Roswell Founders Hall, a popular site for weddings and receptions in the Atlanta suburb.
Prior to forming his own company, Boegner was vice president of operations for Noble Inns Corp. of Atlanta, where he operated five hotels from operations based at Lenox Square in Atlanta, Georgia.
Boegner’s “graduate school” was the experience he gained on the opening team of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, where he opened the Golf Resort and Clubhouse and served as banquet support at the Contemporary Hotel. Boegner’s very early experience included managing country clubs in Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee, and Palm Beach, Florida and in the northern Atlanta suburbs. The 64-year-old Boegner graduated from Florida State University in 1970 with his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in hotel and restaurant administration and a minor in accounting. The Chicago native was a member of Rotary Club, vice chairman of the Roswell Historic Preservation Commission, past chairman of the Historic Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau and honorary chairman of the Atlanta International Wine Festival and Wine Summit. He is past chairman of the Dahlonega Chamber of Commerce and the Dahlonega Convention & Visitors Bureau.
When Boegner is not making wine or helping with civic duties, he restores vintage German sports cars and collects both antiques and fine wines.
He and his wife of 45 years Linda have three children: Kristin, Brannon and Lindsey. Brannon is following in his father’s footsteps serving as vineyard manager and associate winemaker, with Lindsey heading up the restaurant/event side as hospitality manager and wife Linda, coordinating and overseeing weddings at the winery. Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery is truly a family business.