State Wineries: Record start-up year predicted

Hard to believe now, but two decades ago, less than a dozen wineries existed in Michigan. Among those early adopters were Chateau Grand Traverse on Old Mission, Boskydel, L. Mawby and Leelanau Cellars on the Leelanau Peninsula, and St. Julian and Tabor Hill in the southwest. The...

Wine firsts for region this fall: female winemaker, organic wine

For the first time in northwest Michigan wine industry history, a woman is in charge of winemaking- and she's taking over at the top. California native Nichole Birdsall has taken over winemaker duties at Leelanau Cellars, the state's largest winery, succeeding Shawn Walters who moved to...

Michigan wineries could find a sweet home in Chicago

A bill now awaiting the governor's signature could be a boon for Michigan wineries. It's not Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm whose penstroke is hoped for, however, but that of her Democratic counterpart at the other end of Lake Michigan, Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois. On Aug. 7,...

Chateau GT looks West; profitable wineries for sale

REGION - Chateau Grand Traverse is turning the U.S. wine paradigm on its head - shipping its wines to California. President Ed O'Keefe III said the Old Mission winery sent 720 cases to a California wholesaler in late July. It will be sold in 130 Ralph's...