Whether you are just visiting or are lucky enough to live in Michigan, one of the must-dos is definitely going on a wine tasting tour. It doesn’t matter if you are not familiar with various wines and their flavors; going on a wine tasting tour is still going to be one of the most enjoyable ways to spend an afternoon in Michigan. Keeping that in mind, here are some things you probably didn’t know about Michigan and what makes it a haven for wine connoisseurs.
May Is the Wine Month in Michigan
The folks in Michigan love their wine. This is one of the reasons why Michigan is home to over 100 different wineries and 150 tasting rooms that are spread across the state. And that’s not all, there’s a whole month that’s dedicated to their favorite pastime. The residents of Michigan celebrate Wine Month every May, but that’s not the only time you get to enjoy some of the tastiest wine this side of the Atlantic. Thanks to wine tour guides such as Coastal Tours, wine enthusiasts, and connoisseurs can get to enjoy the best wines that the state has to offer throughout the year.
Lake Michigan Offers More Than Just Fresh Water Fishing
Lake Michigan snakes across the Western coast of Michigan and touches the states of Illinois and Wisconsin. For obvious reasons, we prefer the Michigan side mainly because of its contribution to some of the most delicious wines in the country. Turns out that the massive body of water that is Lake Michigan really does make a difference when it comes to the production of grapes that are grown in the area. Both the Great Lakes and the unique glacial soils that are found around the lake area contribute to some incredible tasting grapes, which results in the delicious wines that Michigan is known for.
It’s Home to Several Award-Winning Wines
Michigan is home to quite a few award-winning wines. This is possible because Michigan has nearly 13,000 acres of vineyard, many of which contain high-quality, juice-making grapes such as Concord and Niagara. In fact, the state is the largest producer of Niagara in the US. Apart from that, more than three thousand acres of land is devoted to nearly 30 different varieties of wine-making grapes, which includes old world grapes such as Pinot Noir and Merlot and hybrids such as a delicious cross between native-grown grapes and vitis vinifera, a grapevine found in the Mediterranean.
You Can Enjoy Some Ice Wine
You probably know about ice tea, but have you ever heard of ice wine? We thought so. Few people know this, but the state of Michigan is one of the few destinations on earth where you will get to taste ice wine (the others are not located in the US).
To make ice wine, the grapes need to be harvested at the perfect temperature, where the sugar has not yet frozen in each grape, but the water is. This means that grapes to make ice wine are harvested during the night when the temperature is at its coldest to preserve the qualities that result in flavorful ice wine. If all this information has got you hyped about taking a wine tour in Michigan, then Coastal Tours is your best bet to getting a truly unforgettable experience at a wine tasting tour.
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