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.

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.

MATT MOERSCH

VICE PRESIDENT

Winemaker and Distiller Matt Moersch is partner of The Round Barn Winery and co-founder of Free Run Cellars. An industry veteran of 13 years, Moersch has served as winemaker and distiller of Round Barn since 2003 and has served as winemaker for Free Run Cellars since 2006.

LEE LUTES

TREASURER

As the head winemaker for Black Star Farms, Lee overseas 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

December 2017 Newsletter

New Year, New Vintage This past year has been gratifyingly fruitful for the Michigan Wine Collaborative. In 2017 MWC helped to establish the Great Lakes Sustainable Wine Alliance which is aiding the industry in creating standards for Michigan vineyards and producers to become more eco-friendly in sustainable ways. We were…

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November 2017 Newsletter

Collaborative Hires New Project Director via Specialty Crop Block Grant As the Michigan Wine Collaborative continues to grow, the need for one individual to coordinate its multi-faceted goals has been observed: enter Emily Dockery, a fresh face with an associates degree in Enology & Viticulture from Lake Michigan College and…

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October 2017 Newsletter

Post-harvest drive underway for the Collaborative   Thrice for good measure: Cheers, cheers, and cheers to another fruitful Michigan harvest season! Growth, quality, and consistency are clear distinctions in our region, and we’d like to congratulate and thank all parties involved in keeping Michigan special. As Thanksgiving season draws near,…

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