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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill Vineyards

    We often get questions from our visitors about our history in the vineyard and winemaking busi...

  • Good Harbor Vineyards

    The Simpson family would like to welcome you to the Good Harbor Vineyards website. Please take so...

  • Fenn Valley Vineyards

    Fenn Valley is a small family owned vineyard and winery that was born out of a fascination with t...

  • Tabor Hill Winery

    Just miles off of Lake Michigan though rolling hills you'll find Michigan's only winery with a fu...

  • Black Star Farms

    We are a small winery with a hand-crafted approach to winemaking, located on the same 45th Parall...

  • Robinette Cellars

    Robinette Cellars produces our own hard cider and began serving it to the public in January of 20...

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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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  • Boathouse Vineyards Seas the Day 2013

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    Decent Read More

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  • Boathouse Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2013

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    Fine Read More

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  • Aurora Cellars Dry Dock 2012

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    Nice riesling Read More

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  • Blustone Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling 2012

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    a bit sweet, but decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Blustone Vineyards Ad-Lib 2013

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    decent Read More

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  • Blustone Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012

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    Would be a good summer wine. It's a bit too expensive though. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Blustone Vineyards Riesling 2013

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    Decent Read More

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  • Blustone Vineyards Winemaker's Red 2012

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    Best red wine I have had from Michigan. Comparable to great wines from the West Coast. Wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • 45 North Winey Strawberry Wine NV

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    Wonderful strawberry flavor. Read More

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  • 45 North Winery Cabernet Franc 2012

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    Decent 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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