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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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

  • Domaine Berrien Cellars

    “High quality grapes into high quality wine!” Established in 2001, our winery is nestled among...

  • Lawton Ridge Winery

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

  • Free Run Cellars

    Our family has grown and vinified grapes for over 25 years. Our passion is evolving our family's...

  • Nassau Valley Vineyards

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

  • Pentamere Winery

    Pentamere Winery: is an urban, boutique winery, located in a 150 year old building, in historical...

  • Chateau Grand Traverse

    It started with one vineyard more than three decades ago. Now Chateau Grand Traverse has moved in...

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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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  • Ciccone Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Franc Leelanau Peninsula 2012


    Rather weak but ok wine. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Good Harbor Harbor Red Leelanau Peninsula Ml NV


    Price point was just right. Fruit forward. A bit fake on the fruit, but just a hint of it being disingenuine. . . . Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Oh.. and I like the reference to the Michigan-Ohio War... that little known fact about the Old Northwest.  Nice touch to remind us of it.  There was an adjustment to the boundary, I believe, though it has been some time since I looked into the matter (I am reluctant to say how long). Z. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Little known fact, the Michigan Ohio War (1835–36), was actually fought for the rights to Toledo - Michigan won. ;-} Read More

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  • Chateau Fontaine Big Paw Red 2012


    Nice well balanced red blend. Fruit forward cherry and raspberry start. Medium to full mouthfeel, nice weight. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Nice rant D!The other thing to keep in mind is that it truly is possible to ... Austria/Hungary, New York, Michigan, Spain, Argentina, and I'm going to see about Mexico in the near future.The problem is that it can't make great or even good wine in EVERY part of those regions.And I'm 100 pct with you on the trendies. But isn't it always the sa... Read More

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  • 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

  • Cherry Creek Cellars Red Blend Jazz


    This was a gift and what a great red table wine.Sweet but not overly done.Hint of blackberry gives a fruity balance. Read More

    Wine review by old96er

  • The Round Barn Winery Pinot Gris 2013


    Anne brought it to Vacation 2015. Lovely white, would have thought it was from Oregon in a blind tasting. I will have to check out the pricing on our next trip to Chicago. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Calling JD & friends!    Last Chance to ... just one block east of Michigan Avenue. Attendance is open to the public and free of charge.  Read More

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  • 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!!!!!!

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  • 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!!!

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

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

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

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