Today I opened up my browser to find that Gov. Rick Snyder has declared April to be “Michigan Wine Month” in honor of Michigan’s quickly growing wine industry and their significant contributions to the state’s economy. Quickly growing is right! Did you know that according to the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, Michigan now has 117 registered wineries? Plus, 32 of those Michigan wineries brought in 230 awards in 2014 at national wine competitions! I’d say the Michigan wine industry is doing something right and consumers are taking notice. (Go Michigan!)
Just a few months ago while my husband and I were out on a road trip into South Haven, Michigan we decided to stop along the way to visit one of these Michigan wineries. We weren’t sure if the winery was going to be open because of the harsh snow and weather we were having, but it was! Seriously, the driveway was almost completely blown over with snow but they were there, open and ready to share their craft with us! During this trip we found Michigan wineries to be of a tough and passionate breed. Even through the harsh winters, they survive and I believe that is because of the genuineness of the vintners and the returned loyalty of their customers. It only took me this one experience at a Michigan winery and I was hooked.
In honor of the newly named “Michigan Wine Month”, I have decided to tour several of the wineries located in southwest Michigan, along with a great group of travel writers, and report back to you what I think is the secret to their success. Or my favorite wine. Or which venue has the most comfortable chairs. Really, whatever I think is important.
So here it is. Who’s on my list?
If you are curious about what Michigan wineries have to offer, keep an eye on our feed and social media accounts (you can find links to those at the top right hand corner of our site) because very soon I will be bringing you all of the det’s you ever wanted to know on the southwest Michigan’s winery scene. Excited?
Have you ever been to any of these places? Do you have any advice of fun places to see on the West side of Michigan near New Buffalo? I’d love to hear your recommendations. I’d also love to hear, what is your favorite style of wine? Tell me in the comments.