The Wine World Discovers Northern Michigan

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.

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3 Responses

  1. Thank you Mark for the nice writeup about cold climate grape growing…. Susan Braymer, Laurentide

    • Mark Ganchiff says:


      Thanks for sharing your story with Midwest Wine Press. You and Bill took considerable risks to uproot yourselves and start a world class winery. And we’re very glad you did! Wine drinkers who have not been “up north” need to experience what’s going on, which includes a visit to Laurentide Winery on the Leelanau Peninsula.


  1. August 23, 2013

    […] (Michigan wines are winning awards outside our state too! See this article about wine-making on the Leelanau Pennisula) so to be one of the elite in your home state is a honor. It was held at the Kellogg Hotel and […]