The state in the Midwest with the capital Lansing counts alongside California. new York. Oregon and Washington in terms of quantity to the most important wine-growing countries or centers of the United States, It is the only state bordering four of the large lakes, namely Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Superior and Lake Erie, which is why it was rightly nicknamed "Great Lakes State". There are almost 5,000 hectares of vineyards, which are very positively influenced by the heat-storing huge lakes. The four areas of Fennville, Lake Michigan Shore, Leelanau Peninsula and Old Mission Peninsula are as AVA classified. The focus of viticulture is on the two peninsulas at Traverse City and around Benton Harbor in Barrier County. It dominates the most famous American vine Concord, but mainly from grape juice is produced. Wine is mainly made from the European varieties Cabernet Franc. Chardonnay. Pinot gris. Pinot Noir and Riesling, but also traditionally hybrids won. Of the more than 30 production plants, the most famous are Château Chantal, Château Grand Traverse, Fenn Valley, Good Harbor, St. Juliean and Tabor Hill. There are also large quantities sparkling wine and fruit wine generated.