September 19, 2017

MI Wine Grape Harvest Down 50%

Recently, we have been discussing the increasing role that cold hardy grapes will have in the Midwest Wine Industry.  The story below from the Detroit Free Press is evidence that this transition is already occurring.

Joe Herman of Karma Vista Winery, who is quoted in the article, is an excellent grape grower and wine maker, regardless of where he’s from.  Joe is already growing Marquette, Foch and DeChaunac and we’ll try to find out what new hybrids he’s planting. With Michigan’s increased support, the future for cold hardy wines is bright.

See: Weather Puts a Chill on Michigan Wine Production

About Mark Ganchiff

Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark’s articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.