Michigan Wineries Evolve Into Fun Sites For ‘Grape’ Times

  • Michigan Wineries Evolve Into Fun Sites For ‘Grape’ Times

    POSTED November 21, 2017

Who doesn’t like to sip a little wine after a meeting or an event?
Michigan’s successful wine industry continues to boom. As a result, state wineries are expanding their role as fun places to host an event—or even an extended meeting, for that matter—at locations such as Traverse City’s Chateau Chantal. We featured the winery and its B&B in our 2017 fall issue.

For many long-standing Michiganders, it’s hard to believe there are 132 wineries today, up from the 49 the state featured back in 2007.

Here’s some good news: The Michigan Wine Industry generates $5.4 billion in total economic activity for the state. 

On a personal front, I helped contribute to that number having sponsored a few outings to Northern Michigan wineries. They’re great places to visit and I even hosted an off-site or two while conducting wine tour events Up North

The industry reports that 1.7 million visitors, like me, contribute more than $252 million in tourism spending. That estimated impact includes spending on lodging, food, transportation, retail purchases and other expenditures.

All the details are in the latest economic impact and industry growth report prepared by the Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council.

And for meeting and event planners looking for something a little more entertaining, check out the organization’s wineries and vineyards web page for some neat ideas.

New partnership brings organized approach to small and midsize trade shows. 


The theme “We’re ready to help” shines throughout the new 2018 Meeting Planners Guide to Michigan Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus (MACBV). 

The Meet in Michigan guide, produced in partnership with the MACVB and Michigan Meetings + Events magazine, is packed with creative help for meeting planners.


Food trucks may be mobile, but they aren’t going anywhere, since their popularity only seems to grow with each season. A New Jersey hotel is getting in on the fun! Along with over 18,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, Embassy Suites by Hilton in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, offers the Grain & Cane “Gastro Truck” as a fun option for a mid-meeting break or post-event dining option.