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