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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Gill's Pier Vineyard & Winery

    Gill's Pier winery was founded in 2002 by Kris and Ryan Sterkenburg. The Sterkenburg's relocated ...

  • Fenn Valley Vineyards

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

  • Chateau Grand Traverse

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

  • Tartan Hill Winery

    Tartan Hill Winery is a small family owned winery that opened for business in 1985. It is locate...

  • Lemon Creek Winery & Fruit Farm

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

  • Contessa Wine Cellars

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

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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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  • 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

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  • Verterra Reserve Red 2011

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    Decent Read More

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  • Good Neighbor Organic Pinot Grigio

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    Awful. Very Disappointing. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Good Neighbor Organic Gewurtztraminer

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    Harsh. Disappointing that this organic winery is not producing better wines. Read More

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  • Verterra Pinot Noir 2011

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    Loved this. Full of rich berry flavors. Delicious. Read More

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  • Verterra Medium Sweet Riesling 2011

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    Enjoyable Read More

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  • Verterra Dry Riesling 2011

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    Very dry. A complete 180 from most Michigan Riesling. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Brengman Brothers Runaway Hen Late Harvest Riesling 2010

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    Didn't taste like any late harvest I have ever had--more like a semi-dry. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Brengman Brothers Runaway Hen White Table Wine 2010

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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!!!!!!

    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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