Michigan Wine Country
More wineries statewide are discovering the benefits of opening their properties to wine enthusiasts. Many of the state’s ag producers are promoting a connection between agriculture and tourism, with many offering U-pick farms, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, farmers markets, farm stays and other attractions to entice tourists. Wineries have found their niche in agritourism as well.
Rich History, High Quality
The Lemon Creek Winery in Berrien Springs and the Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery in Traverse City may be on opposite ends of Lake Michigan, but they’re similar in how they embrace agritourism. “The wine tasting and the winery are an attraction now, and the wine experience and education that come along with it are really important,” says Jeff
From Vine to Glass
Wine enthusiasts enjoy a variety of Michigan wines thanks to three types of grapes grown in the state: Vinifera Varieties These grapes makes up about 70 percent of the those grown in Michigan, and consist of classic European varieties, such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio/Gris and Cabernet Franc. Hybrid Varieties Sometimes called French/American hybrids, hybrids are crosses between vinifera varieties and grapes native to North America. They make up about 27 percent of Michigan’s grape production, and include Vidal, Chambourcin, Marechal Foch and Vignoles. Native Varieties