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

  • Bel Lago

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

  • Contessa Wine Cellars

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

  • Domaine Berrien Cellars

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

  • Chateau Chantal

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

  • Gill's Pier Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Lone Oak Vineyard Estates

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

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Michigan on Snooth

  • Calling JD & friends!    Last Chance to ... just one block east of Michigan Avenue. Attendance is open to the public and free of charge.  Read More

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  • His paragraph? I have no more idea what he meant than he did! I guess he means ... whereas upstate New York, Michigan, and Idaho are practically tropical. But that's just a guess. And of course if the wine "smells of minerals", that's a real cue. See, minerals, which are non-volatile, will have a smell because smell is an indication of volatil... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A strong desire to learn more...


  • Wear your state with pride! We are trying to spread the love for your ... and ... ... and other wearables for Michigan-California-Wisconsin and many others on the way! michigan sweatshir Read More

    Forum post in the topic Livnfresh


  • Warner Vineyards Chardonnay Lake Michigan Shore Reserve NV

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    This wine is aged in Michigan Oak. The first sip is buttery and reminiscent of a Chardonnay aged in French Oak. Every sip adds to the complexity of the wine. Read More

    Wine review by clmck


  • Well, the Germans do like to include the various titles. As you get them, you ... to find one from New York, Michigan, Idaho, etc. I'm going to try a Montelena if I can ever find one.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • Bowers Harbor Vineyards Riesling Langley Vineyard 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


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

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Chateau Grand Traverse Red Blend Old Mission Peninsula Silhouette 2007

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    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

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?


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