Michigan wine drinkers rejoice! Governor Rick Snyder has declared April “Michigan Wine Month,” so grab a glass, pop the cork on your favorite Michigan wine, and join us in celebrating! The governor’s decision is meant to honor the wine industry’s increasing contribution to the state’s economy; just this past year, Michigan wine sales have increased 6 percent, greatly outpacing regular wine sales, which rose only 1 percent. Over the last ten years, Michigan wineries have doubled their market share and now hold a 6.5 percent grasp on the state’s total wine market.
While more people than ever are buying Michigan wines, the state is also seeing an influx of new wineries. Last year, the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council added 11 new wineries to their roster, bringing the total number of state wineries to 101. Not sure where to find a winery? Check out this handy map.
Those interested in winery tours will find that Michigan Wine Month is perfectly timed. Since April is still early in the year, the rates for most tours are lower and the crowds are thinner. If you’re looking to spend a night or weekend in wine country, bed and breakfasts usually have special packages for early season travelers.
Looking for some extra-special ways to celebrate Michigan wine? Consider some of these events!
• Michigan Wine Showcase: April 15 – The Rattlesnake Club, Detroit (www.michiganwines.com/
• Michigan Wine Celebration: April 20-21 – Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail (www.pioneerwinetrail.com)
• Spring Sip & Savor: May 4-5 – Leelanau Peninsula Vintners (www.lpwines.com)
• Blossom Day: May 18 – Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (www.wineriesofoldmission.com)
• Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival: June 15 – Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country (www.miwinetrail.com)