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Old Mission Peninsula

United States

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Old Mission Peninsula is situated near Lake Michigan and amidst East and West Grand Traverse Bays. The region’s microclimate is created by the surrounding waters, setting the region up to produce a wide range of fruits and vegetables, including grapes. These large bodies of water stay warmer into the fall, prolonging the growing season. After winter’s retreat, the bays remain cool in spring, fending off damaging frost, which allows for optimal growing conditions for the grapes. While Old Mission Peninsula is considered a cool climate, the region has a long enough growing season and heat gain to ripen the Vinifera species of grapevine, allowing the production of a variety of whites, reds, sparkling and dessert wines. 

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Region

1,538 total acres (owned and leased)

437 acres in conservation

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People

10 member wineries

11 total wineries

425 full- and part-time employees

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Sales

$10 million estimated sales

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Primary Grape Varietals

Riesling

Chardonnay

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Noir

Pinot Blanc

Gamay 

Cabernet Franc

Merlot

Gewürztraminer

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Unique Fact 
When the glaciers receded from the Great Lakes region over 10,000 years ago, they exposed a uniquely carved bay measuring 32 miles long and 10 miles wide – Grand Traverse Bay. In the middle of this bay the glaciers left a 19-mile long peninsula, with rolling terrain, and more importantly for today’s Old Mission Peninsula wine industry, rich, fertile soil, and a climate ideal for farming.
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