planted by settlers during the early pioneer days, grapes have
grown to be a major industry within the state, and its award-winning
wineries the envy of better known producers on either US coast.
The secret lies in the state's relative proximity to the Great
Lakes - resulting in a longer growing period than in most of the
For years, Michigan was more famous for its Concord grapes and the voluminous production
of grape juice, jellies and jams by the Welch Grape Juice Company. It was only following the repeal of Prohibition that wine production in Michigan truly took off.
vineyard acreage is still devoted to juice grapes,but about 1,500
acres are devoted to wine production making Michigan the eighth
largest wine producer in the U.S.
Late summer grapes almost ready to harvest at a Mission Peninsual vineyard.
Along the shore, in particular, Traverse City is protected by harsh winters by its proximity to the lake and this upcoming region for quality wines has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last decade (photo above, the Chateau Chantal
Winery in Traverse City.)
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in our Web guide to the Midwest wine country with more on its
wine tours & tastings and related wine festivals and extravaganzas
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