michigan beer & wine trails

wine graphicMichigan has been a producer of wine and beer almost from the beginning of the modern era.  Tthe first Michigan vineyard was planted around 1800 near Detroit. The first Michigan wines produced for commercial sale were made in the mid- to late-1800s in Southeast Michigan. By 1900, Michigan was one of the top wine producing states in the country.

Today more than 70 wineries are operating on more than 10,000 acres of land.  Michigan has unique micro-climates that produce both sweet and dry wines from grapes grown in Michigan, grapes that thrive in the soils and climate of the Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

Beer lovers are not forgotten on the Michigan Beer and Wine Trails, breweries have been crafting Michigan beers since the late 1830s. Since the mid-1990s, microbreweries in Michigan have been experiencing a resurgence; they brew everything from stouts and ales to lagers.  One of our favorite brew pubs is the Jamesport Brewing Company in Ludington, Michigan.  They produce an excellent dark stout.

There are several beer festivals throughout the year and around the state, where it is possible to taste beers from many Michigan breweries all in one location.

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