Michigan has been growing grape vines since well before it became a state in 1837. Today, there are more than 140 commercial wineries, five federally-recognized viticultural regions and 13,700 acres of vineyards, making it the fourth largest grape-growing state in the country. Michigan is also home to a new business producing locally-grafted and -grown vinifera grape vine called Truly Michigan Vines.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced nine projects awarded funds under the competitive Value Added and Regional Food System Grant Program. MDARD awarded more than $1 million with matching funds to Michigan-based agriculture producers.