The Governor of Michigan announces April as a month of Wine. The wine has given this state an extraordinary growth in its economy. It contributes with more than $800 million to Michigan’s economy each year.
Michigan is a state located in the Great Lakes Region. It is in the eastern north-central part of United States. Michigan is ranked as the 23rd largest state. Michigan State covers a total area of 151,585 square kilometers. The states that border Michigan are Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Michigan has a lake which is 307 miles long by 118 miles wide. It is the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world. Its watery expanse creates a pleasant climate in this region that prevents extremes in heat and cold. During April nearly 14 days remains sunny. Weather is soothing and protecting not just for human but for the fragile buds that grow in spring and also to the ripening fruits in summer. Due to the deep lake the soil doesn’t let so the vine roots freeze and the regular annual rainfall produces juicy clusters of grapes, the nectar of fine wines.
Here they cultivate a wide variety of grapes, which allows them to produce a sizeable selection of quality wines including reds, whites, blushes and sparkling and non-alcoholic juices.
Needless to say wine means France and Germany but winemakers find that this land and climate is similar and good for the cultivation of some of the finest wine grape. They began planting European grape varieties on these hills. They built wineries here in large numbers and they started producing special blends with the region’s rich fruits. And soon they get international attention.
This whole region looks so beautiful due to the greenery, some of the most beautiful seashores, towering dunes and breathtaking sunsets in the world that it attracts over 2 million visitors each year. Here we find the rolling hills which are equally appropriate for championship golf. Every year over 2 million visitors come to rejoice the beauty of the place that further strengthens the economy and wine industry.
Michigan has a long history of grapes and wine in fact in the 1670’s when the French arrived along the Rue Détroit. They discovered grapes growing along the banks of the lake in large number and they started using them for wine.
Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, founder of Detroit, built Fort Pontchartrain in the early 1700s and planted grapes there for personal wine consumption. Joseph Sterling established the state’s first commercial winery, Pointe Aux Peaux, in Monroe in the 1860s, with others following.
The Michigan wine industry gained momentum after the repeal in the 1930s. The state whole-heartily attempted to regroup with several wineries throwing themselves right back into production. In 1985, the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry council was established to promote and advance state wines.