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Au Sable River Valley Wineries & Vineyards
The traditional wines of Michigan were sweet wines and fruit wine, often made from grape varieties native to North America, such as the Catawba, Concord, and Niagara, or from hybrid grapes partly developed by crossing native species with vinifera grapes. North American native grapes have the advantage of being adapted to local growing conditions, with consequent high fruit yield. In addition, growers can switch back and forth between the production of sweet wine and grape juice. Michigan may be the foremost state in the production of diverse varieties of bottled, fermented fruit wine. Wineries and vineyards have recently been established in Alpena, Au Gres and Rose City. Each of them have tasting rooms where you can sample their products. There are also tasting rooms located in Harrisville and West Branch. These wineries offer a large variety of fruit wines in addition to the traditional grape wines. Give tyhem a try and take a few bottles home to serve to your family and friends.