Michigan wine; A top region on the rise
Sponsored by the Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council
By Amy Gill
What do Tasmania, Corsica, England and Michigan wine have in common? They are 4 of the worlds top wine regions on the rise, according to Wine Enthusiast Magazine. While many of us have been enjoying Michigan wines for years, many don’t realize that vineyard area has doubled in the past decade, bringing in 2 million visitors annually and more than $790 Million of total economic value to the state (Michigan Wine & Grape Council). Here are 5 things you probably don’t know about Michigan wine industry, provided by the Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council:
Michigan is the 4th largest grape producer in the country
The 13,700 acres of vineyards is primarily used to grow grapes for juices, while 3,000 acres is devoted to wine-making grapes.
Michigan is the 5th largest wine producer in the U.S.
There are 130 commercial wineries that produce 2.4 million gallons of wine per year!
Vintage Michigan Club
Calling all wine lovers! For just $25, you can join the Vintage Michigan Club, a lifetime membership of discounts on participating Michigan wines, restaurants, retailers, wine events and lodging. It also includes the annual Michigan Wine Country Magazine, and a complimentary Michigan Wines corkscrew or bottle stopper. For wine lovers this is a no-brainer as many of the best wineries and retailers participate it in. SIGN UP HERE.
5 Distinct Michigan Wine Trails
Michigan is home to 5 federally approved viticulture areas and 5 distinct wine trails:
Bay View Wine Trail spans the Charlevoix, Petoskey, Harbor Springs & Indian River area.
Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail is considered to be the “Napa Valley” of the Midwest. Along the shores of Lake Michigan, this wine trails goes from the New Buffalo area at the bottom of the state, up the shore to Holland, and west to Kalamazoo and outside of Battle Creek.
Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail This small peninsula is home to 25 wineries, comprised of three smaller trails: Sleeping Bear, Northern and Grand Traverse Loops.
Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail spans the Irish Hills area between Jackson and Ann Arbor, down to Tecumseh, and is the newest area in the state to get into grape growing.
Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail is the smaller of the two peninsulas in Grand Traverse Bay, sitting on the worlds 45th parallel with 7 unique wineries to explore.
Michigan Wine Tour Planner
There is a really easy-to-use wine tour planner on the Michigan Wines website. Just click on the region or enter the city name, and a list of wineries will show up. You can check the ones you are interested and then save that trip to go back and continue planning. You can also filter by whether the wineries are part of the Vintage Michigan Club, produce ciders or beers, etc. WINE TOUR PLANNER
For more information:
Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council
PO Box 30017
Lansing, MI 48909
A few of my favorite Michigan wineries are Blustone Vineyards, Roundbarn Winery, and Cherry Creek Old Schoolhouse Winery. Comment below or tag us @seenmagazine with your favorite Michigan wines or wineries to visit.