As part of our celebration of Michigan Wine Month, we’ll be featuring excerpts on each of Michigan’s five wine trails (and one taking you beyond the trails) from the Michigan Notable Book award-winning From the Vine: Exploring Michigan Wineries.
Beyond the trails
Like all endeavors of the heart, starting a winery outside well established viticulture regions requires an initial romantic spark, followed up with truck loads of grapes and boat loads of vigor.
These small wineries, although off the beaten trail, offer something unique to wine enthusiasts. Without the confines of a single vineyard, these wineries benefit by their ability to purchase grapes from many different regions of the state, including citrusy Chardonnays, and garnet red Cabernets from the southwest region, with flinty Rieslings and fruity GewÃ¼rztraminers from the northwest region and fruity Hybrids from both regions.
Each one of these winemakers produces distinctly different blends of wines, each with their own methods and practices, and each with their own style – contributing to their ability to produce some very unique and exquisite wines. Regardless of style, you should expect to find a Michigan wine when in Michigan. Like Germany, Michigan’s climate produces cooler-climate wines. When our climate is matched with the proper variety of grapes, we can produce some of the world’s finest wines.
–Ralph Stabile, Winemaker, Mackinaw Trail Winery
Get information about the Mackinaw Trail Winery including their upcoming 3rd Annual Red Wine and Blue Grass Jam (June 30).