Michigan's Up-And-Coming Wine Industry
When most people think about where wine is made, they think of California, France, maybe even South Africa or Italy. However, they may be overlooking one of the best up-and-coming wine producers and that is Michigan. Michigan wines are being recognized and acclaimed the world over.
The Glacier-Wine Connection
Michigan has been highly regarded as a fruit producing state known for their apples, cherries and blueberries. Today, grapes are being added to the list. We have the glaciers to thank for the great fruit that is grown in Michigan. It is the glaciers that helped to form the great lakes and the glaciers that helped to deposit the rich soil in Michigan.
The combination of the great soil and the great lakes provide a perfect condition for growing fruits. The great lakes help to provide plenty of rain and cooler, more consistent temperatures and the soil is rich and loaded with nutrients for the plants.
From Sweet Wines And Beyond
Traditionally, Michigan was known for making sweet wines. This was due in part to the many vineyards planted from Welches Grapes and also to serve the tastes of the times. As wine has become more popular, Michigan wineries also began specializing in dryer table wines as well.
The Four Michigan Agricultural Viticulutural Areas
The four Agricultural Viticulutural Areas, or AVAs, were formed in the 1980’s in Michigan. They are Fennville, Lake Michigan Shore, Leelanau Peninsula, and Old Mission Peninsula. Each has their own unique growing environments that allow different varieties of grapes to flourish. An AVA is a designated wine grape-growing region in the U.S. with boundaries defined by the U.S. Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).
The Four AVAs of Michigan
Wine is Good For The Economy
Wine plays an important role in the economy of Michigan. Each year, Michigan’s wine, grapes and grape juice products and related industries produce nearly $790 million of economic value to the State of Michigan. Over $42 mission is spent in Michigan state and local taxes with an additional $42 million raised for federal taxes. The grape industry is also responsible for more than 5,000 jobs across the state with a payroll of nearly $200 Million.