July 20, 2017

Nature Batters Northern Michigan Wine Grapes

During May of 2013, Midwest Wine Press ran a story titled The Wine World Discovers Northern Michigan.   This story was one of the first to document the flurry of serious investment in the Traverse City area wine industry.  During 2013, it seemed Northern Michigan was on the cusp of reaching a level of prominence that no Midwestern grape growing region has reached since Prohibition.

But as Erwin Elsner of Michigan State University chronicles for Fruit Grower News, since 2013,  Michigan has had a spate of apocalyptic weather that sounds like the last days weather in the Bible.  If there is any benefit to this run of bad luck, we will soon know how much punishment a grape vine can withstand and still survive.

In the meantime, we are going to make a bold weather prediction for the upcoming winter: The Great  Lakes will not freeze over again this year and the vines will be protected from the wrath of nature.

See: Mother Nature Battles Northwest Michigan Wine Grapes 

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.