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About the Michigan Wine Industry

Each year, Michigan's wine, grapes and grape juice products and related industries:

  • are responsible for more than $5.4 billion in total economic impact
  • pay more than $426 million in state and local taxes in Michigan, and an additional $413 million in federal taxes.
  • account for nearly 28,000 jobs across the state, for a payroll of more than $772 million.

Praise for Michigan Wine

I rarely have met as exceptional a group of winemakers old and especially young, who are as articulate, passionate, knowledgeable and proud as those I have met in Michigan.
Bill St. John, Chicago Tribune

The quality of Michigan wines continues to increase each year. We have wonderful wines in this state.
Ron Edwards, Master Sommelier

I was impressed by Michigan Pinot Noirs because of their naturally elegant weight and structure; and by the Pinot Grigios, which typically exceed in quality their Italian namesakes; and by the Merlots, Rieslings, Chardonnays and sparkling wines.
Tom Stevenson, author of The New Sotheby's Encyclopedia of Wine

I had a very successful, informative and enjoyable trip to Michigan wine country. I tasted some truly wonderful wines. Though I was pretty sure many of them would be good, I was surprised by just how many and just how good! Had some wonderful meals. Met many delightful people. Was very impressed by the gorgeous scenery.
Marguerite Thomas, Wine News

The Michigan wine industry continues to expand and offer quality wines with fun and excitement. It's why Michigan wines and winery tasting rooms are growing in popularity.
Joe Borrello, President, Tasters Guild International

(People) wrongly assume that our wines are inferior to those of California or Europe. They are charmed when they find the wine is clean, honest and delicious.
Madeline Triffon, Master Sommelier; wine buyer, Plum Market

There is a big future ahead for Michigan wines. Out on the West Coast, you can't find a good Riesling for under $15. Here they cost $10 to $12. Nobody makes Riesling with this much style for this amount of money.
Dan Berger, syndicated wine columnist, Santa Rosa, California

Get information on awards given to Michigan Wines.

Wine Grape Varieties

European Vinifera Varieties

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Gruner Veltliner
  • Marsanne
  • Merlot
  • Muscat Ottonel
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Pinot Grigio/Gris
  • Pinot Meunier
  • Pinot Noir
  • Riesling
  • Rousanne
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Viognier

French/American Hybrids

  • Cayuga
  • Chambourcin
  • Chancellor
  • Chardonel
  • De Chaunac
  • Leon Millot
  • Marechal Foch
  • Noiret
  • Regent
  • Seyval
  • Traminette
  • Vidal
  • Vignoles

Super-Hardy Varieties

  • Frontenac
  • Frontenac Gris
  • La Crescent
  • Marquette
  • St. Croix
  • St. Pepin

Learn more about the wine grape varieties grown in Michigan.