True or false?  You must always have white wine with fish and red wine with beef. (False)

Grapes don’t grow in northern Michigan.  (False)

Really good wines all have real corks.  (False)

The Petoskey Area is home to several outstanding wineries and that number is growing.  (True)

So many misconceptions about wine and really, isn’t the most important thing about consuming wine whether or not your palate applauds it?

May is Michigan Wine Month and it’s a great time to explore the state’s wineries. Wine tasting is about taking a sip here and a sip there in search of the perfect nectar, while enjoying a variety of tastes along the way. 

According to, the official website of Michigan’s Wine Industry, Michigan is home to 131 wineries bottling more than 2.4 million gallons of wine annually. Production of Michigan wine has increased 34% over the last five years.

The Petoskey Area is a big contributor to the state’s upward trends and the Bay View Wine Trail is part of that growth. Guests are loving the intimate wineries that have cropped up in Petoskey, Indian River, Alanson and Harbor Springs, and even more are scheduled to open in the region. Cold hardy grapes, fruits and even maple are all being used to create a variety of new tastes that are giving visitors just one more reason to visit the Tip of the Mitt.

Check out the wineries and plan a spring getaway to the Petoskey Area and the Bay View Wine Trail, one of the newest wine trails in the state. 


About the author

Diane Dakins is passionate about all the lakeside communities that comprise the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. As assistant director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, she has “been there – seen that” when it comes to virtually every area attraction. Her blogs give potential visitors the scoop on planning a northern Michigan vacation.