A versatile fruit, Michigan grapes are used for table fruit, wine, juice, jams, jellies and more. Michigan wine is a growing industry, ranking top in the nation for wine grape production. Harvest for early hybrid varieties of Michigan wine grapes begins at the end of August in Southwest Michigan and may extend into November for late-ripening varieties in the northwest.
Michigan grape facts:
- Michigan utilizes 93,400 tons of grapes for production of wine and juice in 2016
- Michigan has 13,100 acres of vines, making Michigan the eighth largest grape producer in the nation
- 3,050 Michigan acres are devoted to wine grapes, making Michigan the eighth highest state for wine grape production
- Michigan has more than 100 commercial wineries producing more than 1.4 million gallons of wine annually
- Michigan wineries make many varieties of wine, including red, white and specialty wines like ice wine, sparkling, fortified, fruit wines and brandies
- Concord and Niagara grapes are grown primarily in the southwest part of the state and are used for juice production
- Grapes for juice are an excellent source of vitamin C
- Juice and table grapes have antioxidants that help to protect against free radicals that can damage healthy cells and weaken the immune system
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