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...

  • 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...

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

  • Domaine Berrien Cellars

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

  • Lawton Ridge Winery

    One of Michigan's newest wineries, located in the Lake Michigan Shore AVA. We make a variety of ...

  • Free Run Cellars

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

  • Nassau Valley Vineyards

    Founded in 1987, our vineyards were the first commercial wine vineyards to exist in the “First” s...

  • Pentamere Winery

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

  • Chateau Grand Traverse

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

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