We were so excited that the wineries of Michigan were coming to the City Winery in Chicago. While we've tasted quite a bit of wine from the Southwest corner of the state, we've not had many chances to try those further from home. Having them come to us was quite a treat. With more than 20 wineries represented, each pouring at least 4 wines, there was the possibility of over-doing it, so we decided to divide and conquer. I focused on Pinot Noir wines, while Kovas tasted rosés and sparklers. It's both a blessing and a curse to have so much to choose from, because we missed some wines we really wanted to try. We'll have write-ups of our tasting notes in the next few weeks.
One thing we've noted over the years is the rapid improvement, in general, of the taste and quality of the wines. While an occasional foxy or musty wine will appear, many of the wines are starting to be as good as wines we taste from elsewhere in the world. This includes some of the reds as well as the whites.
Michigan Wines Fast Facts
Michigan has 15,000 acres of vineyards making Michigan the fourth largest grape-growing state. Most of this acreage is devoted to juice grapes such as Concord and Niagara, though about 2,650 acres are devoted to wine grapes, making Michigan the fifth state in wine grape production in the nation. Vineyard area has doubled over the last 10 years. Michigan’s 101 commercial wineries produce more than 1.3 million gallons of wine annually, making Michigan 13th in wine production. The vast majority of production is from Michigan- grown grapes.
There are 6 wine trails in Michigan:
- Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country
- Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
- Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail
- Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail
- West Michigan Wine & Beer Trail
- Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula
We've visited wineries on a few of the trails and always looking for more opportunities to do so again.
Visit Michigan Wines for information about more than 100 Michigan wineries, a comprehensive calendar of events, including festivals, wine dinners, and to plan your Michigan Wine Tour.
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