Did you know that April is Michigan Wine Month? With more than 100 wineries nestled among 15,000 acres of scenic vineyards, Michigan truly is wine country. Whether you’re the occasional wine drinker or a professional connoisseur, there are numerous opportunities to get out and experience Michigan’s wineries this spring.
So, pop open that 2002 vintage red that you’ve been saving for the right occasion and toast to Pure Michigan. Here are four fun ways to celebrate Michigan Wine Month:
Attend the Michigan Wine Showcase in Detroit - April 7, 2014
To kick off the wine season, the Michigan Wine Showcase is taking place April 7th in Detroit. Join Master Sommeliers Claudia Tyagi and Madeline Triffon and 30 Michigan wineries for wine sampling and lavish appetizers created by Chef Chris Franz at The RattleSnake Club. Winemakers and winery owners will be on hand during this fabulous walk-around tasting to share their new release wines from the 2013 vintage! The Michigan Wine Showcase is a fantastic opportunity to experience the excellence of modern Michigan wines … and to enjoy sumptuous appetizers! Tickets are available in advance for $38 or $45 at the door.
Check out the Michigan Wine Celebration - April 12-13, 2014
Celebrate Michigan Wine Month at the Southeastern Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail’s “Michigan Wine Celebration” on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13! Each winery along the trail will feature an appetizer or dessert prepared by a local chef and paired with their featured wine. The price also includes one tasting glass. A recipe card with the featured recipe will be given out to ticket holders at each winery.
Plan a visit to one of Michigan’s Wine Trails
If you can’t make it to an event, then be sure to check out a wine trail. Michigan is home to many unique wine trails. While the majority of vineyards are based on the western side of the state, wineries can be found in nearly every region. Here’s a list of wine trails around the state:
- West Michigan Wine and Beer Trail – Northern Lake Michigan Shoreline
- Leenanau Peninsula Wine Trail – Leenanau Peninsula region
- Wineries of Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula – Old Mission Peninsula area
- Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail – southern Lake Michigan Shoreline
- Michigan Wineries of Southeast Michigan – Southeast region from Tri-Cities to Detroit Area
- Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail – Central region to Southeast region
- Sunrise Side Wine Trail and Hops Trail Alliance – Northeast Michigan region
Impress your friends and family with Michigan wine facts
Share the Michigan Wine Month spirit by showing off your knowledge of Michigan’s wine industry with these fun facts about from the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council.
- - Michigan wineries attract more than 2 million visitors annually
- - Michigan’s wine, grape and grape juice products add nearly $790 million of economic value
- - The industry accounts for more than 5,000 jobs statewide and produce a payroll of more than $190 million
- - Michigan is ranked the fifth state in wine grape production in the nation and vineyard area has doubled in the last 10 years
- - The wineries produce more than 1.3 million gallons of wine annually – placing Michigan 13th in wine production
How will you celebrate Michigan Wine Month this April?
For more information on Michigan wineries, watch the video below.