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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Popular wines made in Michigan under $20

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Varietals Produced in Michigan View all

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

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

  • Nassau Valley Vineyards

    Nassau Valley Vineyards is Delaware’s first and only award winning winery. Located just a few mil...

  • Lawton Ridge Winery

    One of Michigan's newest wineries, located in the Lake Michigan Shore AVA. We make a variety of ...

  • Peninsula Cellars

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

  • L. Mawby

    Our goal has always been to produce the finest wines possible. We strive to make wines that expre...

  • Nassau Valley Vineyards

    Founded in 1987, our vineyards were the first commercial wine vineyards to exist in the “First” s...

  • Lemon Creek Winery & Fruit Farm

    Lemon Creek is a name with 150 years of grape and fruit growing experience. The Lemon Family firs...

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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.

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  • Northern Natural Dry Riesling NV

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    Decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Northern Natural Rockin Robin Strawberry Wine NV

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    Delicious. This tasted more like a cocktail than a wine, but it was still wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Northern Natural Winery Rockin Robin Cherry Wine NV

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    Really enjoyable. Didn't really taste like a wine--more like a cherry pie flavored cocktail. It was tasty anyway though. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Water Fire Cellars Riesling 2013

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    Decent riesling. Similar to those on the old mission. Enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Don't know D. They bought the property in the 1970s when land in the south ... ... for producers in BC and Michigan who are making Blaufrankisch. But note, those are still sold by variety.Then of course you have tying - you are a distributor with a 98 point wine that you allocate to favored customers, provided they take a pallet of your cheap... Read More

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  • How about a Riesling from Michigan, Diana? Definitely under $20, and absolutely delicious. To me, these Rieslings are unusually and engagingly flinty. Crushed peas and stone all the way. I haven't encountered anything like this elsewhere. The uniqueness of American soil, perhaps?  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dry Riesling


  • Leelanau Cellars Raspberry Wine NV

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    Tastes more like a fruity cocktail than a wine. Really enjoyable though. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Verterra Chaos Red Cuvee 2011

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    Decent. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Verterra Reserve Red 2011

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    Decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Good Neighbor Organic Pinot Grigio

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    Awful. Very Disappointing. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • 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


  • Hello, from lower west michigan. Cant wait to hit the wine trails!!!

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