Inventory shows 3,375 wine grape acres | Business

TRAVERSE CITY – Michigan Grape and Hop Inventory 2020 results show Michigan tends 3,375 acres of grapes from 257 farms and 670 acres of hops from 68 farms. The grape population shows an increase of 325 acres from the previous survey.

This is the first year that hops have been included in the report.

The grape and hop growers in Michigan were surveyed over several months to obtain data on acreage and varieties. The statistics are part of the Small Fruit and Hops Inventory compiled by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service for the Michigan State Horticultural Society. These results are a subset of the full report expected this spring.

“The incredible growth of Michigan’s craft beverage industry has a lot to do with our talented, creative, and motivated entrepreneurs, but it is also the result of creating unique, high-quality ingredients,” said Gary McDowell, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in a Michigan Craft Beverage Council publication. “Fresh water, rich soils and a diverse microclimate create an ideal environment for growing robust, sophisticated inputs for every variation of craft beverages.”

The acreage for grapes increased for both the old world Vinifera grapes and the cold-resistant hybrid varieties. Riesling remains the most widely planted grape in Michigan. There are currently 670 hectares of Riesling in the state. Other grapes with notable acreage are Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc.

There are more than 35 different varieties of hops planted in Michigan, but Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, and Cashmere have the largest acreage per variety at 325 of the 670 acres.

The Small Fruit & Hops Inventory Project was funded by a Specialty Crop Block Grant administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Agriculture Marketing Service of the US Department of Agriculture.

For more information on the Michigan craft beverage industry, including research, a craft beverage supplier marketplace, industry statistics, and a map of craft beverage licensees, please visit michigancraftbeverage.com.

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