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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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

  • Cherry Creek Cellars

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

  • Ciccone Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Sandhill Crane Vineyards

    Sandhill Crane Vineyards is an award-winning, family-owned vineyard and winery in rural Jackson C...

  • Chateau Chantal

    The Begin family, Robert, Nadine and daughter Marie-Chantal, opened the doors of friendly hospita...

  • Tartan Hill Winery

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

  • L. Mawby

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

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Michigan on Snooth

  • Bowers Harbor Vineyards Riesling Langley Vineyard 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • Black Star Farms Riesling Old Mission Peninsula Arcturos Late Harvest 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • Chateau Grand Traverse Red Blend Old Mission Peninsula Silhouette 2007


    Fruit hides the dryness of this wine. Fabulous on the palate. Had a light and easy feel. Read More

    Wine review by klarely

  • Jon - Kékfrankos is the name for BF in Hungarian! "Kék" ... in Eger but almost got in in Michigan. I think it has to do with the cold, as it comes in Syrah sometimes when it's not grown in an overly warm place. It's why I like the Syrah from Achs actually.D - sorry but I've had the Kiona a number of times. I like the Kiona winery and I'm willin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?

  • Had an Austrian blaufrankisch earlier this year from the Leo Hillinger ... ... climate wines coming out of Michigan, mainly the Old Mission and Leelanau peninsula Read More

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  • Not much grown in CA - it's a grape that does well in slightly cooler areas ... can use it except one guy in Michigan who's his nephew. And who, BTW, makes a pretty good BF at a winery called Shady Lane. Best domestic BF by far is also from Michigan of all places, called Circa.There's some in NY, which makes sense, but it's not in the same leag... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?

  • Cripes guys - dandelion wine?It's gross. And it's not really wine ... ... ... in the spring so back in Michigan they'd be best in March or April, depending on where you are in the State and how late spring is. My mother, being from Germany but having spent a number of years in France, was always trying to get us to eat them because she said th... Read More

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  • Beth, you are right, we love newbies.  It gives us our best opportunity to ... ... I was a kid we lived in Michigan for a couple years. In the spring, when the dandelions bloomed, the word I would use is "beautiful."  Regardless, are you saying that they fermented the dandelions and created some sort of drinkable substance?  The whole plant or... Read More

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  • Boathouse Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2011


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    Wine review by calywa

  • Boathouse Vineyards Merlot 2011


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    Wine review by calywa

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