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Wine Clubs That Ship To Michigan

Since 2005, the state of Michigan permits direct shipping from wineries to consumers, but shipping from retailers is strictly prohibited.  Fortunately, there are a number of high quality wine of the month clubs that ship to Michigan.

We've reviewed so many wine clubs and fortunately — many of them were able to ship them to me (I live in Michigan), so I can fully review them.  However, they all didn't make the cut to our “top list”.  These are our top wine clubs that ship to Michigan:

Want some information about Michigan Wines?  (Even if you're not shipping wines to Michigan, you may want to know a bit about our wine history!)

With 15,000 acres of vineyards to its name, Michigan is the fourth largest grape-growing state in the nation, an industry that contributes over 790 million dollars of value to the local economy and nearly 5,000 jobs to workers throughout the state. The majority of the grapes grown in Michigan are Concord and Niagara varieties and are primarily used in the production of jams, jellies, and juices. Only 2,650 acres are currently devoted to wine grapes, a number which has doubled in the last ten years. While grapes used for wine only account for a small percentage of the total state grape harvest, Michigan still ranks fifth in national wine grape production. There are currently over one hundred commercial wineries in the state, producing 1.4 million gallons of wine each year. Vinifera varietals such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, and Cabernet Franc account for the majority of the state’s wine grapes, though hybrid varietals are also fairly prominent. Concord and Niagara grapes, both native to Michigan, account for only a small percentage of the wine grape industry and are typically used to make sweet wines. The grapes are grown throughout Michigan’s four federally approved viticultural areas: Fennville, Lake Michigan Shore, Leelanau Peninsula, and Old Mission Peninsula. It is important to note that all four wine-growing regions are within 25 miles of Lake Michigan, as the lake effect creates a micro-climate suitable for grape cultivation. While these regions are far removed from major metropolitan centers like Detroit, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan’s wine country is easily accessible from Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Traverse City

Even though commercial winemaking first began in 1863, it was not until after the repeal of Prohibition that Michigan’s wine industry truly began to grow. By 1900, the state only had five small vineyards, producing 33,000 gallons of wine annually.   After Prohibition, an increasing number of wineries began to open, most of which specialized in fruit and sweet wines, a trend that continued well into the 1970s. Due to a growing demand for domestic fine wines, the Tabor Hill Winery opened in 1971 and was the first Michigan vintner to specialize in vinifera wines. Around that time, Michigan State University established an agricultural research program to support the local wine industry, a partnership which continues on today. Currently, the Michigan Grape and Wine Council have high hopes for the future of winemaking in Michigan, with goals of increasing wine grape production to 10,000 acres by 2024.


For a vineyard with a rich history, be sure to visit the St. Julian Winery. Founded in Windsor, Ontario by Italian Mariano Meconi in 1921, this winery began as the Border City Wine Cellar. Following the repeal of Prohibition, Mariano moved his enterprise to Detroit in 1934. Just two years later, Meconi relocated yet again to the winery’s current location in Paw Paw and gave his company a new name, The Italian Wine Company. Interestingly, the current winery name was adopted about a decade later when Meconi wanted to defuse the growing antifascist sentiment during World War II. Visit this historic winery in Southwestern Michigan: http://www.stjulian.com/index.cfm

Even though Michigan’s viticulutral regions only occupy a small portion of the state, there are still plenty of beautiful vineyards to explore and high-quality local wines to drink. Wine country awaits!

Fennville:

Lake Michigan Shore:

Leelanau Peninsula:

Old Mission Peninsula:

Michigan Wine Festivals:

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