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

  • 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

  • Contessa Wine Cellars

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

  • Peninsula Cellars

    Peninsula Cellars is a family run winery located on the Old Mission Peninsula, just north of Trav...

  • Pentamere Winery

    Pentamere Winery: is an urban, boutique winery, located in a 150 year old building, in historical...

  • L. Mawby

    Our goal has always been to produce the finest wines possible. We strive to make wines that expre...

  • Round Barn Winery

    The Round Barn Winery is a family owned & operated winery, distillery and brewery located in Sout...

  • Cherry Creek Cellars

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

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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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  • Nice looking pizza, MJET. Calling Stephen! Any experience with the wines I ... 26Sat, Apr 1Mon, Apr 3 Michigan73FinalLouisville69Video RecapWichita State62FinalKentucky65Video Recap   Michigan State70FinalKansas90 Arkansas65FinalNorth Carolina72Video Recap   Rhode Island72FinalOregon75USC78FinalBaylor82   South Carolina42Live - H2 14:15Duke41Vi... Read More

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  • This is a bottle that got dropped off a couple of days before the Merlot party ... piss poor game and lost to Michigan.It actually wasn't bad, better than the Badgers were for sure.  The thing about buttered popcorn is that it can make bad chard decen Read More

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  • Nathaniel Rose Private Collection Syrah-Viognier Single Barrel #4 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by NathanielRoseWine


  • Stoney Acres Winery Blackberry Wine NV

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    Fun little wine with blackberries. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Brengman Brothers Pinot Noir Artist Series 2012

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    Fairly weak pinot noir Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Can't help find those wines from the past as I didn't drink them, but ... sweet ones - New York and Michigan for example. Trump does it in Virginia. And also there's some from Ontario Canada.Good luc Read More

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  • Peninsula Cellars Old School Red Michigan Red Blends NV

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    Well balanced red, but on the dry side. Nice balance of blackberry, red raspberry and cherry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Enjoying this nice Sancerre while visiting the folks here in Michigan this week.  Mom had her 2nd knee done, this one at 88 years old. She's in the rehab facility for a week so I'm helping my Dad for the next couple of days. Have a couple rounds of golf planned with my brother and hoping to see my sisters while here. Nice to get a bit of relief ... Read More

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

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