Winebusiness.com - Homepage for the Wine Industry

The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA) Awards Its First- Ever Bruce Simpson Winemakers Scholarships


Date: 07/29/14

Four Students are Being Awarded $1,000 Scholarships for the 2014/2015 School Year

PRESS RELEASE

July 29, 2014 (Leelanau Peninsula, MI) -The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA) is awarding its first-ever recipients of the Bruce Simpson Winemaker Scholarship. The scholarships are being presented on Tuesday, August 19 at 6:00 pm during the Michigan State University (MSU) Orientation at the Northern Michigan College (NMC) University Center in Room 07. Four recipients will each receive $1,000 for the 2014/2015 school year.

The financial assistance is benefitting Michigan students interested in pursuing careers as winemakers and vineyardists in northern Michigan. The recipients were selected by the LPVA Scholarship Committee chaired by Forty-Five North Vineyard and winemaker Jay Briggs.

“The education and field work provided through the viticulture program is vital training for the skills needed in the industry,” states Briggs. “We look forward to assisting students in fulfilling their passions.”

The LPVA developed the scholarship program 2013. Funding for the scholarship is provided by a donation of $5 per ticket from the LPVA’s Spring Sip & Savor wine trail event. The event takes place the first weekend in May along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and typically attracts 1,000 participants, raising roughly $5,000 per year. The LPVA plans to grow the scholarship in the future with additional revenue sources.

The scholarship is named in honor of the late Bruce Simpson, former winemaker and owner of Good Harbor Vineyards of Lake Leelanau. Since Simpson opened his winery in the 1980s as one of the original four wineries, the region has grown tremendously now boasting 25 wineries on the small peninsula. Today, Good Harbor Vineyards is operated by Simpson’s wife, Debbie, and children, Sam and Taylor.

"We are excited for the first presentation of the Bruce Simpson Winemakers Scholarship,” shares Taylor Simpson. “Education was always a top priority for both my father and grandfather. My father would have been delighted to see the growth and success of the LPVA and its further support for the viticulture and enology programs through scholarships to students who want to advance their careers in the Michigan wine industry.

For more information about the scholarship program, visit www.lpwines.com/scholarship/.

About The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association

The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA) is a member-driven, winery association founded in 1998. The mission of the LPVA is to spread the word about all the good things happening along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. The trail is divided into three mini-trails for easy touring: the Sleeping Bear Loop, the Northern Loop and the Grand Traverse Bay Loop.

The Leelanau Peninsula AVA is home to 25 wineries located within diverse microclimates uniquely suited for a variety of wine grapes. Among the internationally acclaimed varietals are Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. The local wines continue to achieve national and international accolades with each passing vintage. For more information, visit www.lpwines.com.

Subscribe to Daily news Email

FREE Wine Business Daily News delivers the industry's top stories emailed to you from our editorial team.

most popular daily news links

latest used barrels

- used barrels  •  yesterday at 3:11PM PDT
- used barrels  •  yesterday at 8:50AM PDT
- used barrels  •  yesterday at 7:52AM PDT
- used barrels  •  Oct 22, 2014 at 3:44PM PDT
- used barrels  •  Oct 22, 2014 at 11:20AM PDT

latest real estate

- real estate  •  Oct 22, 2014 at 3:42PM PDT
- real estate  •  Oct 22, 2014 at 3:04PM PDT
- real estate  •  Oct 22, 2014 at 2:43PM PDT
- real estate  •  Oct 22, 2014 at 1:48PM PDT
- real estate  •  Oct 22, 2014 at 1:48PM PDT

latest used equipment

- used equipment  •  yesterday at 4:02PM PDT
- used equipment  •  yesterday at 11:32AM PDT
- used equipment  •  Oct 22, 2014 at 8:32PM PDT
- used equipment  •  Oct 22, 2014 at 8:32PM PDT
- used equipment  •  Oct 21, 2014 at 10:14AM PDT

industry events

Search Events:

Copyright© 1994-2014 by Wine Communications Group. All Rights Reserved. Copyright protection extends to all written material, graphics, backgrounds and layouts. None of this material may be reproduced for any reason without written permission of the Publisher. Wine Business Insider, Wine Business Monthly, Grower & Cellar News and Wine Market News are all trademarks of Wine Communications Group and will be protected to the fullest extent of the law.