Location, Location, Intoxication! oops.... That last word was a misprint. Little facts about wine in Michigan are as follows: It was reported that in Michigan as of early 2007, there were 2,000 acres under wine (grape) cultivation and 64 commercial wineries, producing approximately 425,000 cases of the glorious grape product.
Below are more facts about Michigan's perfect wine growing conditions. Even more interesting is the article about Mario Batali comments featured In Bon Appetit Magazine regarding Traverse City area's best wines according to his humble opinion:
Michigan proudly hosts four American Viticulture Areas (AVAs), regions wherein such wines share similar yet distinct characteristics: Fennville, Lake Michigan Shore, Leelanau Peninsula, and Old Mission Peninsula. All four regions are located in close proximity to Lake Michigan, and almost all of Michigan's wine grapes are grown within 25 miles of the lake. "Why" you may ask? Simple, the lake effect provides a "bodacious" microclimate as compared to the inland regions of Michigan.
The Greater Traverse City area, which includes the peninsulas of Leelanau and Old Mission, is one of the primary wine regions of Michigan. With primarily sandy soils, good drainage, and a lake tempured climate, these together foster a longer growing season than in most of the Midwest United States. Reportedly, 51% of Michigan's wine grapes, are grown in this area.
Chateau Grand Traverse vineyard view on Old Mission Peninsula.