About the Council
The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council is a 12-member Council established by the Legislature to promote Michigan's wine and wine grape-growing industries. New wineries are starting up in Michigan every year, wine grape acreage continues to grow, sales of Michigan wines are increasing, and the reputation of Michigan as a world-class wine region is gaining more national and international attention.
The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council has been established within the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development to provide for research, education and the promotion of the Michigan wine grape and wine industry, to stimulate economic development through value-added, sustainable agriculture.
The Council is funded through non-retail liquor license fees, and employs three full-time staff members, based at the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development offices in Lansing. Priorities of the Council are encouraging growth of the industry, promotion of Michigan wines, funding research to support wine grape growing in Michigan, and sponsoring training opportunities for industry development.
An industry newsletter is issued several times a year and an annual publication "Michigan Wine Country" provides information to consumers. Members of the industry who wish to be added to the mailing list for these materials are invited to contact the Council office at 517-284-5733 or by fax at 517-335-0950 or by e-mail at MDA-Michigan-Wines@michigan.gov.
Karel Bush, Program Manager
Sherri Goodreau, Program Assistant
Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council
*Indicates Governor appointments - two-year term, may be reappointed for a second term
Gordon Wenk, Deputy Director
Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
Round Barn Winery
Mackinaw Trail Winery
Wine Grape Grower*
Good Harbor Vineyards
Beer and Wine Wholesaler*
Great Lakes Wine & Spirits
Restaurant / Retailer*
Michigan State University
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Michigan Liquor Control Commission