The Upper Peninsula of Michigan may not be a destination for wine tasting like the fabled Leelanau Peninsula. However, the U.P. does have a lot to offer, whether it's outdoor recreation, fall color tours or craft beer.
With a mild summer and minimal rainfall, grapes in Indiana are thriving with the ideal weather conditions. Purdue Viticulture Specialist, Bruce Bordelon, said the near perfect weather improves the quality of grapes for winemaking.
At more than 30,000 nine-liter cases each, the blends are the biggest players within Oliver Winery's 340,000-case portfolio. For 2013, Oliver Winery president Bill Oliver tells SND he expects company volume to grow by around 10 percent.
Neighboring states aren't much better off. Indiana and Kentucky prevent direct winery-to-consumer shipping while Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio allow it. All four of those states allow Sunday sales while Indiana does not.
Joe Sobieralski, executive director of the Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance, told the board Monday he had no financial details of the winery's improvement project as yet. He said he'll have those details before the public hearing, which will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at the board's regular monthly meeting.
For the second consecutive year, an Indiana wine has topped over 2300 entries
from across the nation and around the world to win "Wine of the Year" honors at the prestigious
Indy International Wine Competition.