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

  • Lawton Ridge Winery

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

  • Cherry Creek Cellars

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

  • Contessa Wine Cellars

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

  • Black Star Farms

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

  • 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 ...

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Michigan on Snooth

  • 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

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  • 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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  • Boathouse Vineyards Merlot 2011

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  • Boathouse Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011

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  • Boathouse Vineyards Red 2012

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  • Must have been a friends over kind of weekend.  Had a chardonnay evening, ... ... the evening with some Michigan Vidal Ice Win Read More

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  • Leelanau Wine Cellars Vidal Ice Wine 2008

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    Stunning Michigan ice wine. Slightly sweet, ripe apricot, tangerine, apple pie and baked pear. This is very well balanced with really nice acidity and a long, tongue coating finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Chateau Grand Traverse Cabernet Franc Reserve 2011

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    Loved it. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


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