About the Council : Michigan Wines
Explore, Experience, Enjoy

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.

Mission Statement

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.
(January 2013)

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.

Council Contacts

Council Staff
Karel Bush, Program Manager
Ph: 517-284-5742

Sherri Goodreau, Program Assistant
Ph: 517-284-5733

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

Winery Representatives*

Matthew Moersch
Round Barn Winery

Deb Burgdorf
Burgdorf's Winery

Dustin Stabile
Mackinaw Trail Winery

Wine Grape Grower*
Taylor Simpson
Good Harbor Vineyards

Beer and Wine Wholesaler*
Rick Lopus
Great Lakes Wine & Spirits

Restaurant / Retailer*
Steve Massie

Michigan State University
Doug Buhler

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Paul Howland

Michigan Liquor Control Commission
Sara Weber

Public Members*
Richard Rinvelt

Michael Brenton