A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that Michigan’s wine grape acreage grew 12% from 2003 to 2006. Wine grape acreage in Michigan has increased 60% over the last 10 years.
“This updated data confirms the steady growth of the wine industry in the last decade,” said Michigan Department of Agriculture Director of Agriculture Don Koivisto, who also chairs the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council. “Michigan’s wineries are committed to the concept of regional identity by utilizing a high percentage of Michigan-grown fruit in their wines.”
By far the largest recent vineyard plantings have been riesling; but pinot grigio, pinot noir, cabernet franc and vidal have also shown substantial increases. Traditional European varieties now account for two-thirds of Michigan’s wine grape acreage. The balance is mainly comprised of hybrid varieties (crosses between European and native North American varieties).
The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council set a target for industry growth at 10,000 acres by 2024, with current wine grape acreage estimated at 1,800 acres.
You can learn more about Michigan’s wine industry at michiganwines.com and also check out Absolute Michigan’s Michigan Wine & Wineries page for stories, photos and links. Thanks to Dianna Stampfler from Promote Michigan for the heads up!