A new statewide study reports that the Michigan wine and grape industry contributes $5.4 billion to the state’s economy. The study, conducted by John Dunham and Associates, reports that the Michigan wine industry has created more than 28,000 jobs.
“Michigan’s wine industry has experienced remarkable growth over the past decade,” says Karel Bush, executive director of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council in Lansing. “In 2007, there were 49 wineries in the state. Since then, we have seen a 169 percent increase, with 83 new producers of Michigan wine having opened for business in the past 10 years.”
Currently, 123 wineries are recognized by the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council as producers of Michigan wine, meaning their production consists primarily of Michigan fruit. Additionally, wine grape acreage has increased (3,050 acres) with a majority of the grapes grown within 25 miles of Lake Michigan.
In addition, regional tourism has reached 1.6 million winery visits a year, resulting in $252 million in annual tourism revenue.
“Wine tourism affects many other nearby businesses, including restaurants, retailers, transportation services, and other attractions,” says Bush. “The industry also creates jobs and benefits other local sectors, including construction, manufacturing, and business-related services.”
The Michigan grape and wine industry supplies $773 million in direct annual wages, and as part of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, it provides for research, education, and the protection of the business sector.
A full version of the study can be found here.