About the Collaborative

The Michigan Wine Collaborative (MWC) is non-profit organization formed with the following mission…

To enhance the sustainability and profitability of the Michigan wine industry by supporting wineries, growers and other businesses and individuals connected to the industry – today and for future generations.

Based on feedback from several industry-wide meetings, the MWC proceeded with building an active board of directors and membership. At this point, we are soliciting any and all industry members to help. Help can be in the form of volunteering to be on the board, helping with sub-committees, or just lending a hand in a less formal way. Please contact us to indicate your interest in helping.

Click here to view the official MWC press release.

Click here for a brief history of MWC.

Meet the Leadership

DAVID MILLER

PRESIDENT

Dave is the owner and head winemaker at White Pine Winery and Vineyards LLC, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University.

GINA SHAY

VICE PRESIDENT*

*Acting; Official election to occur January 2020

Gina Shay is a certified sommelier and Certified Specialist of Wine with 17 years of experience serving wineries in cooler- and cold-climate emerging regions, first as a supplier of corks and other top-of-the-bottle packaging; then with Petraea Plus, the first cool climate-dedicated barrel company in the U.S.; and now with Tonnellerie CADUS as Business Development Manager for the eastern U.S., Midwest U.S. and Canada.

LEE LUTES

TREASURER

As the head winemaker for Black Star Farms, Lee oversees winemaking operations for the two processing facilities on the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas.

BRIAN LESPERANCE

SECRETARY

Brian and his wife Gwen represent the 3rd generation of family to be actively managing Fenn Valley Vineyards in Fennville, MI. Brian’s background in operations and management coupled with Fenn Valley’s vast experience allowed him to assume the title of Winemaker in 2015.

Why Join the MWC?

The Michigan Wine Collaborative’s benefits represent a mix of short term, pragmatic tools to long range strategic initiatives. Ultimately membership will determine priorities and efforts will be directed towards projects with the most industry-wide utility. Initially direct benefits for MWC members include…

  • Help direct industry research in and around our region Receive discounts to annual seminars and shows
  • Play a role in shaping and uniting the Michigan grape and wine industry
  • Receive complimentary Vintage Michigan Membership
  • Gain access to our members only website, which includes discussion forums, a marketplace; vineyard focused weather reporting; various tools, documents, and workshops to stay educated; and more
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Resources

SUSTAINABILITY

Staying on top of future trends in the wine industry is an important area of focus for the Michigan Wine Collaborative. Aided by grants from USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program in 2014 – 2017, in partnership with the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council and 5 Lakes Energy, the Michigan Wine Collaborative has gathered key resource materials for the industry to explore the development of a Michigan Wine Industry Sustainability Program in 2017. This section of the website provides a central source for wineries and vineyard owners to explore how to adopt and promote sustainability practices appropriate for their business and serves as a resource for program development.

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News & Events

October 2019 Newsletter

  MWC 1st Annual Membership Drive Grape Session @ the 2020 Orchard & Vineyard Show Message from MWC President, Dave Miller SURVEYS New Members! Spread the word on Michigan Wine Collaborative! We are looking for new members to help propel us and the Michigan wine industry to the next frontier. Every…

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MWC Crash Course

Lots of people ask what it is exactly that MWC does. Well we do a little bit of everything. From promoting our member wineries and the Michigan wine industry to advising and participating in educational opportunities for enology and viticulture and so much more. However, we want to do even…

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