Find Michigan wineries and vineyards, and enjoy Michigan wine tours, wine tastings and more with ”Michigan Wineries & Vineyards.”
The wineries of Michigan specialized in sweet wine and fruit wine well into the 1970s. With the growth in demand, starting in the latter half of the 20th century, for locally grown and locally labeled fine wines, several existing Michigan makers of sweet wine experimented with upgrading their production, and new vintners entered the scene.
The traditional wines of Michigan were sweet wines, often made from grape varieties native to North America, such as the Catawba, Concord, and Niagara, or from hybrid grapes partly developed by crossing native species with vinifera grapes. North American native grapes have the advantage of being adapted to local growing conditions, with consequent high fruit yield.
Michigan may be the foremost state in the production of diverse varieties of bottled, fermented fruit wine. Fruit wine has a long and honorable history in Europe, especially in regions such as Poland and the Baltic states where grapes do not easily grow. In Michigan, apple wine and cherry wine are produced in the highest volume, but almost any fruit juice can be fermented with novel results. Michigan is the leading state for tart cherry production and much of the Traverse City vineyard land was formerly cherry orchards. A number of Michigan wineries produce cherry wine, spice cherry wine and cherry-grape blends. Michigan is a North American leader in the production of fortified fruit wines and eau-de-vie (fruit brandy).
Numerous new wineries and vineyards have been added to the northeastern lower peninsula and uppper peninsula in recent years.
Stroll through lush vineyards amidst the rolling hills of Michigan. Tour our wineries and learn how Michigan vintners are continuing the ancient craft of wine making. Relax in a tasting room and savor the many varieties of Michigan wine available. We invite you to enjoy the hospitality and spirit of the Michigan Vine to Wine Experience.
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Created on February 22, 2013 Last updated on February 09, 2022