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...

  • 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

  • Bel Lago

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

  • Free Run Cellars

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

  • Karma Vista Vineyards

    We are a few miles inland from Lake Michigan on a beautiful hillside vineyard above the small tow...

  • Domaine Berrien Cellars

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

  • Tabor Hill Winery

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

  • Gill's Pier Vineyard & Winery

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

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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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  • A little more context can be found for the East Bay turkey infestation here. ... in the UP and other parts of Michigan and nearby states at the beginning of the century. Seems to me that even if 'hunting' with guns can't be done in urban areas some hungry souls might just figure other ways to snag a week's worth of meat most any time of year, ... Read More

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  • Wine searcher has a new article on UPS and FedEx they are allowed from ... and ... and Illinois. Florida, Texas Michigan,Ohio and Michigan are on fedex list already that cannot receive wine from a retailer. I have received several notices from National online distributors that will no longer ship to Texas, this is all caused by individual stat... Read More

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  • Rockr - There are a lot of those sugar shack wineries in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, etc. The people trying to make serious wine get really frustrated because they get lumped into the same category and some of them just haven't been able to make it, partly because they were never taken seriously.But Ohio does in fact grow Merlot, Cab, and many othe... Read More

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  • Chateau Grand Traverse Michigan Late Harvest Riesling 2012

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  • Nice Zinfandel EM.  I haven't tried that one yet.We drove over to ... ... business and move back to Michigan to be closer to his parents.  Things are similar but they pay the people who attend to taking money and pouring wines and beers.  So I guess I won't be volunteering here anymore.  We started off at the Crystal City Wine Shop, as they ha... Read More

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  • Emark - you're right to a large extent, and there's a LOT of swill in ... where land is cheap, like Michigan and Ohio, you can make your wine for less, but people aren't interested in that wine so much, and you're limited in what you can plant.There are some great wines around - Qupe Central Coast for example, is an excellent Syrah. I get it f... Read More

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  • I just stumbled on this. I worked for Carl Banholzer when his fledgling winery ... ... and clearly a pioneer. Michigan and Indiana wines are still trying to establish a foothold, but without pioneers like Carl, we wouldn't be anywhere near where we are toda Read More

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  • Hopefully our plans for 2018 won't change and we'll be out there in ... in 2018 - this year is is Michigan and points family points east of u Read More

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  • Michigan should have also been mentioned ahead of Texas, though they may not throw the parties that Texas does.  Read More

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  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you ... example. Or Wyncroft, from Michigan, which can hold its own with any. Domaine Serene is the one that put Oregon on everyone's list as the "Burgundian" place in the US, which is hilarious since most of Oregon is desert and the East Coast is far more like Burgundy ... Read More

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  • I wish the wine spectator would examine the Michigan wines. They would be impressed....

    Comment by 1971679Snoother 1971679 1971679 Snoother 1971679


  • 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


  • 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


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