It’s an exciting time for the Petoskey area wine industry! A decade ago, wineries here were virtually nonexistent. Yet nearly a dozen have cropped up in the last few years. In 2016 the U.S. government declared the six-county area across the ‘tip’ of lower Michigan to be a distinct winemaking region. It is known as the ‘Tip of the Mitt’ American Viticultural Area (AVA).
‘Tip of the Mitt’ wineries are in good geographic company. Petoskey is situated along the famous 45th parallel (45.4 degrees, to be exact)–halfway between the Equator and North Pole. The 45th parallel is home to other well-known winemaking regions: Italy’s Piedmont; France’s Rhone Valley and Bordeaux; Oregon’s Willamette Valley; and even our neighbor to the southwest, Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula.
Wines produced in the Tip of the Mitt are like no other. Really! We are the only winemaking region in Michigan to specialize in cold-hardy grapes like Frontenac and Marquette. These varieties are bred to withstand long, cold northern Michigan winters.
Vine Ride is proud to support the local wine industry. The wineries in our service area are listed below. Most are located within a 15-minute drive from downtown Petoskey: