Michigan Wine

 

Michigan is one of the earliest states to have been settled and produce wine. In the 1670s, when the French arrived along the Rue Détroit (doesn’t it sound lovely that way?), they discovered indigenous grapes growing along the banks and used them for wine. Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, founder of Detroit, built Fort Pontchartrain in the early 1700s and planted grapes there for personal wine consumption. Joseph Sterling established the state’s first commercial winery, Pointe Aux Peaux, in Monroe in the 1860s, with others following. The Michigan wine industry gained momentum into the early 20th century, winning medals at state fairs and attracting consultants. For a decade and change, the Michigan wine industry was silenced due to Prohibition. But shortly after the Repeal in the 1930s, the state was one of the first to whole-heartily attempt to regroup, with several wineries throwing themselves right back into production. In 1985, the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry council Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Michigan View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Michigan

  • Lake Michigan Shore

    Ninety per cent of Michigan’s vineyards fall within this appellation in the state’s southwestern ...

  • Leelanau Peninsula

    is one of a series of fingerlike projections extending into Lake Michigan at Grand Traverse Bay....

Popular Wineries in Michigan View all

  • Contessa Wine Cellars

    Third generation wine maker, Tony Peterson, perfected his craft while working many years as an ap...

  • Peninsula Cellars

    Peninsula Cellars is a family run winery located on the Old Mission Peninsula, just north of Trav...

  • Bel Lago

    We first planted grapes on our family farm over twenty years ago (1987), establishing a variety t...

  • Sandhill Crane Vineyards

    Sandhill Crane Vineyards is an award-winning, family-owned vineyard and winery in rural Jackson C...

  • Lone Oak Vineyard Estates

    Nestled among the hills of lower Michigan's Jackson County, Lone Oak Vineyard Estate was establis...

  • Boskydel Vineyard

    In 1975, construction began on Boskydel Vineyard, the first bonded winecellar in Leelanau County....

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Michigan on Snooth

  • I have never been disappointed by the wines from Tabor Hill. They stack up well against California or Oregon and run a few dollars less. Try the Red Arrow Red with your next italian feast.

    Comment by 369819kenj629 369819 kenj629


  • This is a bottle that got dropped off a couple of days before the Merlot party ... piss poor game and lost to Michigan.It actually wasn't bad, better than the Badgers were for sure.  The thing about buttered popcorn is that it can make bad chard decen Read More

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  • Nathaniel Rose Private Collection Syrah-Viognier Single Barrel #4 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by NathanielRoseWine


  • Stoney Acres Winery Blackberry Wine NV

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    Fun little wine with blackberries. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Brengman Brothers Pinot Noir Artist Series 2012

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    Fairly weak pinot noir Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Can't help find those wines from the past as I didn't drink them, but ... sweet ones - New York and Michigan for example. Trump does it in Virginia. And also there's some from Ontario Canada.Good luc Read More

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  • Peninsula Cellars Old School Red Michigan Red Blends NV

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    Well balanced red, but on the dry side. Nice balance of blackberry, red raspberry and cherry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Enjoying this nice Sancerre while visiting the folks here in Michigan this week.  Mom had her 2nd knee done, this one at 88 years old. She's in the rehab facility for a week so I'm helping my Dad for the next couple of days. Have a couple rounds of golf planned with my brother and hoping to see my sisters while here. Nice to get a bit of relief ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Living across the pond (Lake Michigan) I agree with the temps AND the wine. Read More

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  • Rove Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    As good as any New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc I've had Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Ciccone Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Franc Leelanau Peninsula 2013

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    Average light wine. Tasted a bit watered down. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • I wish the wine spectator would examine the Michigan wines. They would be impressed....

    Comment by 1971679Snoother 1971679 1971679 Snoother 1971679


  • I've had some great wines from 50 Sips Wine in Fenton, Michigan. They offer wine tastings. Of course I love Michigan wines, but I tasted something different from 50 Sips during a tasting, that I just had to buy. It was Valle Dorado Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. Very good. And I'm calling those who are looking for something to do Saturday, July 1...

    Comment by 1891319Lainee Sheryl 1891319 Lainee Sheryl


  • The Great Wine & Food Symphosium was a blast. I really like that kind of set up where you can tour a museum or go to multiple levels. Cant wait for The Kalamazoo Food & Wine Fest May 21.

    Comment by 249237Drunk as a Skunk 249237 Drunk as a Skunk


  • If you have not had a chance to experience the wines of Old Mission Peninsula, then make a note to try Brys Estates and Two Lads Winery.

    Comment by 350540bartholomute 350540 bartholomute


  • Whats the best Ice Wine available here in Michigan?

    Comment by 249237Drunk as a Skunk 249237 Drunk as a Skunk


  • Michigans awsome!!!!!!

    Comment by 249237Drunk as a Skunk 249237 Drunk as a Skunk


  • I was recently at the gr wine food festival and stopped at black star farms booth. I actually dont know which bottle I tried, but on the table it had names like Sex and Wet. Has anyone heard of these names or know what brand they are actually under. It was a sparkling white kinda sweet at first but delicious. Help!!!

    Comment by 249237Drunk as a Skunk 249237 Drunk as a Skunk


  • The Gr wine and food festival was a blast! Looking forward to finding more places to taste.

    Comment by 249237Drunk as a Skunk 249237 Drunk as a Skunk


  • Grand Rapids Wine and Food Festival Nov. 12-14!!!! http://www.showspan.com/GRW/Wine,BeerandSpiritsattheFestival.aspx.

    Comment by 249237Drunk as a Skunk 249237 Drunk as a Skunk


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