The Northern Michigan Straits Area Grape Growers Association welcomes you to grape growing and wine making in Northern Lower Michigan. We are a 501(c)(5) non-profit organization. Our focus is on cold hardy varieties developed by private breeders and universities to thrive in our cold climate. Marquette, Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Frontenac Blanc, Brianna, Valiant and LaCrescent are just a few of the cold hardy varieties we are planting. These plants can withstand -30F and colder and still produce a full crop the next growing season. Wines made with these grapes are on par or better than those made anywhere else in the world. Our short term goal is 100,000 cases of wine made from these locally grown grapes in five years.
We are currently working to establish an American Viticulture Area(AVA) for our focus region of Northern Michigan which is generally north of the 45th Parallel and includes all or parts of the counties of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Cheboygan, and Otsego. Portions of Kalkaska, Crawford, Presque Isle and Montmorency may also be included as we proceed. An AVA will add value to both grapes and wine produced here by allowing more labeling options for wine. The "Estate Bottled" designation can only be used on a wine produced in a designated AVA.
Regular monthly meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Petoskey Public Library. Join us there or contact us through this site for answers to any questions.