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 Grigio

    History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

  • 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

  • Cherry Creek Cellars

    For over 100 years, four generations of Burtka’s have been making wines in this country for the e...

  • Raftshol Vineyards

    First a dairy enterprise, and then a cherry orchard, this farm now annually produces over 1000 c...

  • Free Run Cellars

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

  • Chateau Grand Traverse

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

  • Sandhill Crane Vineyards

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

  • Bel Lago

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

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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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  • Black Star Farms Arcturos Pinot Noir 2011


    Though Black Star Farms produces some decent rieslings, this pinot noir tasted awful. I had to turn it into sangria. Not what I expected for $16. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Bowers Harbor Vineyard Medium Dry Riesling 2011


    Good. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Chateau Grand Traverse Riesling Old Mission Peninsula Whole Cluster 2012


    Still great. Reliable. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Good Harbor Vineyards Riesling 2010


    Rather sweet, but still enjoyable Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • I agree.That said, the wine world has changed drastically in the last 15 years, ... making good sparkling wine, Michigan (!) is making good Blaufrankish, Patagonia is making credible Pinot Noir, and those are pretty recent developments.Still, for much of the wine world, the older version should be OK. If you can get it at a good price, go for i Read More

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  • Brengman Brothers Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2012


    Impressive golden straw color with a nose of beeswax, lemon, cola, toffee, frying butter, butterscotch, parsley, golden delicious apple and intoxicating poppy and rose blend. The palate consist of tannic smooth lime, northern spy apple, sweet lemongrass and watermelon. The finish is part portabella mushroom, cedar fig, tangerine and cherry wood ... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Brengman

  • Brengman Brothers Pinot Noir 2012


    Bright ruby burgundy color with reflective light quality filled with incense aromatics of cola, black cherry, cedar, burning candle, hay, clove, dark chocolate, parsnip, maple syrup and roasted coffee. A creamy palate full of rose hips, dark chocolate, fast cherry, roasted chestnut and coffee with a Kung Fu tannin grip. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Brengman

  • Brengman Brothers Unoaked Chardonnay 2012


    An honest White Burgundy style Chardonnay made in an egg concrete tank. Bright golden color with extensive citrus flavors including pineapple. Beautifully elegant, stylish and rich with perfect acidity, like licking stones from the bottom of the mountain stream. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Brengman

  • Brengman Brothers Riesling Medsweet 2010


    Nice nose with a mix of fruit and mineral. Palate is pure Mosel of lemon, lime and orange blossoms. Sweet mouthfeel with a perfect acid cleanse and extremely long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Brengman

  • Brengman Brothers Riesling Medium 2012


    Medium sweet Riesling style with apple and pear mid tones and perfect long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Brengman

  • 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!!!

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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.

    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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