Michigan Wine AVAs: Fenneville
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is located eastern shores of Lake Michigan in western Michigan and is entirely contained
within the Lake Michigan Shore AVA
. It enjoys the separate appellation because
of its moderate climate and glacial, sandy, free-draining soils. Popular grape varieties include
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. You can also find juice grapes such as Concord.
Old Mission Peninsula Michigan Vineyards
Leelanau Peninsula AVA
is located on the complex eastern coastline of Lake Michigan in western
Michigan. The soil was affected by glaciers. The bedrock consists of granite and limestone, topped by clay-rich subsoils.
The free-draining topsoil consists largely of gravel, sand, and loam. The lake
moderates the local climatebut local vineyards must deal with frost.
Popular grape varieties include Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Old Mission Peninsula
Old Mission Peninsula AVA
englobes the entire narrow peninsula whose name it carries for a bit less than 20 thousand
acres (almost 8000 hectares). The glacial soil has granite or limestone bedrock,
covered with clay-rich subsoils and free-draining topsoils composed of gravel, sand,
and loam. Lake Michigan helps make the climate acceptable for viticulture, protecting the
few vineyards from winter cold, spring frost, and summer heat.
Popular grape varieties include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir,
Riesling, and Pinot Gris.
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