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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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 ...

  • Contessa Wine Cellars

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

  • Free Run Cellars

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

  • Ciccone Vineyard & Winery

    Come visit our beautiful Tuscan inspired Tasting Room where our delightful staff will welcome you...

  • Chateau Grand Traverse

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

  • Nassau Valley Vineyards

    Nassau Valley Vineyards is Delaware’s first and only award winning winery. Located just a few mil...

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Michigan on Snooth

  • Hey Ronny - I used to go to Windsor every weekend to learn how to make dim sum. ... ... that you can head into Michigan and pick some up. Good luck and welcom Read More

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  • Yo Ronny, welcome to Snooth! Growing up in SE Michigan I've spent some time in Windsor, made many a trip over the Ambassador Bridge and thru the tunnel.We're sitting here enjoying our pre-dinner wine, a very good petite sirah from Christopher Creek.Looking forward to hearing more about your wine preferences and sharing mine.BTW, cute dog! Read More

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  • I'm posting from Canada. Actually its a small city (200 000) across the river from Detroit Michigan. Interestingly, Detroit is north of us!!.I enjoy red wines such as Valpolicella, or even red blends such as Osooyoos Larose. Read More

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  • OK, just finished going through this most interesting thread and have a couple ... from GregT I think, in SE Michigan in the 60's in a blue collar subarb of Detroit. Mom cooked plenty of roasts, hot dogs/beans, burgers, LOTS of canned fruit and veggies and the occasional broiled pineapple, bacon and cheese on white bread.&nbs Read More

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  • Ciccone Vineyard & Winery Dolcetto Leelanau Peninsula 2005

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    The absolute best Dolcetto I have ever had. They had a few years where they didn't make any due to a crop lost to frost. This is a wine that will be the talk of your party or the best gift someone has ever received. The mouth feel is is tied with the rich flavors, making it a well rounded, sensory experience. Read More

    Wine review by DolcettoGirl


  • " but the idea of some pan-Italian red sauce restaurant wouldn't ... ... ... restaurants in southeast Michigan where I discovered things like veal with lemon and garlic, etc.Just a few miles from my house, close enough to deliver, a couple guys opened a little place that sold an exotic concoction called pizza. They had some success and one of ... Read More

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  • No, not for ice. That was a very inexpensive bottle bottle of wine when it was ... Julian on the west side of Michigan. The owner was directly from Italy so it would make sense. They also made wine - some of the worst wines made in the world, slightly sweet and from various grapes and fruits grown in Michigan. The west of Michigan had a few of... Read More

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  • Not the kind of auction lots you see every day...   Bid Now: ... ... just one block east of Michigan Avenue. Attendance is open to the public and free of charge.&nbs Read More

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  • Let me add my hello here Red, sorry for being so late. I've been following ... Every time I head back to Michigan, the best wine selection tends to be in the local Meijers.6. After you have that Meomi try an inexpensive Oregon pinot, something like an AtoZ or King Estate pinot and let us know what you think about the difference.7. Glad to see ... Read More

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  • Ciccone Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Franc Leelanau Peninsula 2012

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    Rather weak but ok wine. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


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

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