Michigan Products Journal

Winery Visits and Events Complement Michigan Wine Month
By David Creighton
Wednesday, October 19, 2005

October Is Michigan Wine MonthGovernor Jennifer M. Granholm has declared October "Michigan Wine Month" to honor Michigan's wide selection of quality wines - many of which have received national and international awards.

In the state's most beautiful areas, visitors can enjoy both fall color and the bounty of vineyard harvests at more than 40 wineries across Michigan. Because of this summer’s exceptional weather, the 2005 vintage promises to be one of the best ever.

Whether the destination is the dunes of Southwest Michigan, the hills of East-Central Michigan or the scenic peninsulas north of Traverse City, visitors can find award-winning wines to sample in their autumn travels. The opportunity to "try before you buy" at Michigan winery tasting rooms allows consumers to select wines for purchase that really suit their tastes.

There are many events this fall that provide opportunities to meet winemakers and sample a variety of Michigan wines, including "Detroit Uncorked", Oct. 7, at Ford Field; and "Food, Wine and All That Jazz", Oct. 28, at Van Andel Museum Center in Grand Rapids. Wineries also host wine dinners, vineyard tours and trail events to celebrate the harvest and Michigan Wine Month. Visit the web site of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council at www.michiganwines.com for a complete list of Michigan wine-related events throughout the state.

For those who can't get away to tour during the autumn color season, there are year-round tasting opportunities. When the crowds clear between November and April, winemakers and tasting room staff are less busy and visitors are treated to extra attention. It is always recommended visitors call ahead as many tasting rooms have a limited off-season schedule.

To request a complimentary Michigan Wine Country magazine, with maps to the wineries, visit www.michiganwines.com or contact the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council at (517) 241-1207. The magazine is also available at all Michigan wineries and Travel Michigan Welcome Centers.

The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council is a 10-member panel that supports the growth of the grape and wine industry in Michigan. It is housed in the Agriculture Development Division of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, which is the official state agency charged with serving, promoting and protecting the food, agriculture and agricultural economic interests of the people of the state of Michigan.  >>>

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