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...

  • Sandhill Crane Vineyards

    Sandhill Crane Vineyards is an award-winning, family-owned vineyard and winery in rural Jackson C...

  • Chateau Grand Traverse

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

  • Peninsula Cellars

    Peninsula Cellars is a family run winery located on the Old Mission Peninsula, just north of Trav...

  • Lone Oak Vineyard Estates

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

  • Black Star Farms

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

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