May 22, 2017

Two Southwest Michigan Wineries Expanding

As the Southwest Michigan wine industry continues to grow, two leading regional wineries- Gravity and Lemon Creek- are substantially increasing their tasting room capacity.At Gravity Winery in Baroda, Michigan, owner Rockie Rick is in the process of building a 1,600 square foot covered outdoor deck that will open this summer.  The new deck is an addition to the existing tasting room which … [Read more...]

Cab Sauv Ice Wine No Sweat for Lemon Creek Winery

Michigan is the largest Midwestern wine producer with a climate that produces temperatures predictably below freezing.   So one would think that Michigan is in a position to be a leading ice wine producer. In fact, there is limited ice wine production in Michigan.According to Jeff Lemon, President of Lemon Creek Winery in Southwest Michigan,  making ice wine in Michigan is an adventure that … [Read more...]

Outlook Bright for 2012 Midwest Wine Tourism

Record-high gas prices this spring threatened to deflate plans for tasting rooms to welcome a steady stream of visitors coaxed by unusually mild temperatures.But, according to tourism officials in wine regions throughout the Midwest, wine lovers don’t mind paying current gas prices, as high as $4.25 a gallon in some areas.   Midwest wine tourism officials interviewed last week reported no … [Read more...]

Budbreak in Southwest Michigan Reported

On March 20th, the Michigan State University Extension in Benton Harbor reported budbreak in area vineyards.   Jeff Lemon, manager at Lemon Creek Winery in Berrien Springs, Michigan,  said that he has not seen budbreak at his vineyard, but he thinks it will be today or tomorrow.  "The Baco Noir and the Chancellor will be the first to go," Lemon said.  Lemon, who has worked at his family's winery … [Read more...]