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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Round Barn Winery

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

  • Karma Vista Vineyards

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

  • Tabor Hill Winery

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

  • Domaine Berrien Cellars

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

  • Lone Oak Vineyard Estates

    Nestled among the hills of lower Michigan's Jackson County, Lone Oak Vineyard Estate was establis...

  • Raftshol Vineyards

    First a dairy enterprise, and then a cherry orchard, this farm now annually produces over 1000 c...

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Michigan on Snooth

  • Living across the pond (Lake Michigan) I agree with the temps AND the wine. Read More

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  • Rove Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    As good as any New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc I've had Read More

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  • Ciccone Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Franc Leelanau Peninsula 2013

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    Average light wine. Tasted a bit watered down. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • I've taken the liberty of posting a portion of Kermit Lynch's most ... ... ... not just because of the Michigan connection, but his art was far more than just that.And he loved his wine and food. Be forewarned--more than a little of a Francophile, was friend Harrison._________________ JIM HARRISON 1937–2016This month we remember Jim Harrison,... Read More

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  • At my folks house in Michigan celebrating Mom's 88th B-day. They are not big wine drinkers, usually a glass of Andre Cold Duck on New Year's Eve so I know they wouldn't care for anything overly expensive. I've always found this Piper Sonoma bubbly to be a pretty decent quaff at a reasonable price. The folks seemed to really enjoy it. Read More

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  • 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


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

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