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Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council

*Additional information about the Council is available at MichiganWines.com

The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council is an 11-member Council established by the Legislature to promote Michigan's wine and wine grape-growing industries. New wineries are starting up in Michigan every year, wine grape acreage continues to grow, sales of Michigan wines are increasing, and the reputation of Michigan as a world-class wine region is gaining more national and international attention. 

Mission Statement
The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council has been established within the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development to provide for research, education and the promotion of the Michigan wine grape and wine industry, to stimulate economic development through value-added, sustainable agriculture.  January 2013
The Council is funded through non-retail liquor license fees, and employs two full-time and one part-time staff, based at the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development offices in Lansing. Priorities of the Council are encouraging growth of the industry, promotion of Michigan wines, funding research to support wine grape growing in Michigan, and sponsoring training opportunities for industry development.An industry newsletter is issued several times a year and an annual publication "Michigan Wine Country" provides information to consumers. Members of the industry who wish to be added to the mailing list for these materials are invited to contact the Council office at (517) 241-3415 or by fax at (517) 335-1103 or by e-mail at MDA-Michigan-Wines@michigan.gov.Members of the Council represent various sectors of the industry:

Chair
Gordon Wenk, Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
 
Winery*
Walter Brys, Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery
 
Winery*
Jeff Lemon, Lemon Creek Winery
 
Winery*
Martin Lagina, Villa Mari
 
Grape Grower*
Claes Fornell
 
Beer & Wine Wholesaler*
Gregory O'Neil, O.K. Distributors
 
Restaurant/Retailer*
Mark Esterman, Meijer
 
Michigan State University
Steve Lovejoy
 
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Paul Howland
 
Michigan Liquor Control Commission
Sharon Martin
 
Additional Member*
Michael Marsh, Flatout Inc.
 
*Indicates Governor appointments - two-year term, may be reappointed for a second term

Staff Members:

Linda Jones, Executive Director,
    Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council
Karel Bush, Promotion Specialist
Sherri Goodreau, Program Assistant

 Updated 1/11/12