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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
BushK9@michigan.gov

Sherri Goodreau, Program Assistant
Ph: 517-284-5733
GoodreauS@michigan.gov


Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council
*Indicates Governor appointments - two-year term, may be reappointed for a second term

Chair
Gordon Wenk, Deputy Director
Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
517-284-5717

Winery Representatives*

Matthew Moersch
Round Barn Winery
800-716-9463

Deb Burgdorf
Burgdorf's Winery
517-655-2883

Dustin Stabile
Mackinaw Trail Winery
231-487-1910

Wine Grape Grower*
Taylor Simpson
Good Harbor Vineyards
231-256-7165

Beer and Wine Wholesaler*
Rick Lopus
Great Lakes Wine & Spirits
313-453-2200

Restaurant / Retailer*
Steve Massie
Meijer
616-299-0146

Michigan State University
Doug Buhler
517-355-0232

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Paul Howland
517-373-6359

Michigan Liquor Control Commission
Sara Weber
517-284-6354

Public Members*
Richard Rinvelt
248-960-7728

Michael Brenton
517-339-1930