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

  • Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill Vineyards

    We often get questions from our visitors about our history in the vineyard and winemaking busi...

  • Good Harbor Vineyards

    The Simpson family would like to welcome you to the Good Harbor Vineyards website. Please take so...

  • Nassau Valley Vineyards

    Nassau Valley Vineyards is Delaware’s first and only award winning winery. Located just a few mil...

  • Tabor Hill Winery

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

  • Black Star Farms

    We are a small winery with a hand-crafted approach to winemaking, located on the same 45th Parall...

  • Ciccone Vineyard & Winery

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

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  • Good Harbor Harbor Red Leelanau Peninsula Ml NV


    Price point was just right. Fruit forward. A bit fake on the fruit, but just a hint of it being disingenuine. . . . Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Oh.. and I like the reference to the Michigan-Ohio War... that little known fact about the Old Northwest.  Nice touch to remind us of it.  There was an adjustment to the boundary, I believe, though it has been some time since I looked into the matter (I am reluctant to say how long). Z. Read More

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  • Little known fact, the Michigan Ohio War (1835–36), was actually fought for the rights to Toledo - Michigan won. ;-} Read More

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  • Chateau Fontaine Big Paw Red 2012


    Nice well balanced red blend. Fruit forward cherry and raspberry start. Medium to full mouthfeel, nice weight. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Nice rant D!The other thing to keep in mind is that it truly is possible to ... Austria/Hungary, New York, Michigan, Spain, Argentina, and I'm going to see about Mexico in the near future.The problem is that it can't make great or even good wine in EVERY part of those regions.And I'm 100 pct with you on the trendies. But isn't it always the sa... Read More

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  • Cherry Creek Cellars Red Blend Jazz


    This was a gift and what a great red table wine.Sweet but not overly done.Hint of blackberry gives a fruity balance. Read More

    Wine review by old96er

  • The Round Barn Winery Pinot Gris 2013


    Anne brought it to Vacation 2015. Lovely white, would have thought it was from Oregon in a blind tasting. I will have to check out the pricing on our next trip to Chicago. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • 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

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