Best Michigan Wine | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan
Stand Back Napa Valley, We Got This!
Michigan Wine is winning some serious awards and the world is finally taking notice...and so will your date when you pop open a bottle of these stellar winners!
Now is the time to give Michigan wines a more serious look:
It's all about the lakes, baby!
Our freshwater lakes and glacial soils greatly contribute to our successful agricultural production. The majority of Best Michigan wine grapes grow within 25 miles of Lake Michigan, and for good reason.
The sheer mass of Lake Michigan's waters temper the air along the shoreline regions, protecting fall crops from being destroyed from early frosts. This "lake affect" also prevents spring crops from blooming too early.
Did you know that lake effect snow also protects grape vines from bitter temperatures? Cool, huh.
So, I think it's time to taste test the Best Michigan wine so you can decide for yourself. I can't think of a better way than tasting wines that won Michigan Wine Competitions such as Best of Class or Double Gold!
Who won the Best Riesling in the World award?
In 2019, the Michigan Wine Collaborative, the Kellogg Center, Michigan State University School of Hospitality Business and Michigan Craft Beverage Council announced an exciting Michigan Wine Competition!
And so, 63 wineries across the state excitedly entered 439 wines with the hopes of winning big. All submitted wines were made from Michigan fruits.
This successful Michigan wine competition brought international attention to Michigan wines and wineries.
So without further adieu, here are the winners!
There were three Double Gold Winners in the region, including:
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Mari Vineyards offers an unbelievable view while sipping a delicious glass of wine. I just could not get over this view as I strolled around the property. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mari Vineyards has over 60 acres of vineyards planted entirely on the Old Mission Peninsula, with more being added every year! Seriously, how can you get a better view?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #marivineyards #whataview #winetasting #michiganwinetasting #wine #winery #miwine #onlyinmichigan #northernmichigan #redwine #traversecity #whitewine #vineyard #michiganwine #puremichigan #puremichigan #traversewinecoast #michigantravel #greatlakesstate #michiganstate #travelingmichigan #greatlakesstateofmind #puremittenpride #lovemichigan #michiganders #exploremichigan #puremittigan
So there you go! Grab a bottle of any of the award winning wines above and you will definitely uncork the best Michigan wine!
The best Riesling in the world was awarded to Black Star Farms in 2018!!
Did you know there are over 150 Michigan wineries to tour, sip, snack and explore? There are over 40 wineries just in the Traverse City region! So this means you've got some serious uncorking and toasting in your future!
I was shocked to learn that just thirty years ago Michigan had less than 20 wineries! Look at us now!
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I thought this barrel room at Brys Estate was so gorgeous! It was one of my favorite stops while exploring the Old Mission wine trail. There are so many gorgeous wineries with amazing views, grounds and wines! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #brysestate #winetrail #winetasting #michiganwinetasting #wine #winery #miwine #traversewinecoast #ompwinetrail #onlyinmichigan #michiganwine #northernmichigan #redwine #traversecity #whitewine #vineyard #michiganwine #puremichigan #puremichigan #traversewinecoast #michigantravel #greatlakesstate #michiganstate #travelingmichigan #greatlakesstateofmind #puremittenpride #lovemichigan #michiganders #exploremichigan #puremittigan⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @bryssecretgarden @ompwinetrail
Have you discovered an amazing Michigan wine or winery? Please share your experiences and photos! We'd love to hear all about it!