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A Taste of Michigan Wine in our own Backyard

Published: Thursday, 14 Jun 2018
Author: VIPP
Department: Visiting International Professional Program

On Friday, June 8th, VIPP participants took a trip to the Burgdorf Winery in Haslett, Michigan with Instructor Ian Leighton. The trip is part of the Discovering Michigan VIPP class that focuses on the history and tourism of Michigan. The participants learn not only though classes but also through a series of field trips to different Pure Michigan locations. Dave Burgdorf, the owner of the facility gave a tour to the participants. They learned how to make wine and saw the different equipment that is used in the process. The winery also faces a lot of challenges when growing grapes, Dave explained. Deer, diseases, and pests can all have a negative effect on the grapes in the vineyard.

Tasting wine was the highlight of the tour! Participants tried 10 different amazing wines that are made at the Burgdorf Winery and got a small snack. Burgdorf Winery is proud to use only Michigan grapes and fruits in all of their wine. They produce true Pure Michigan made wine.

The participants enjoyed the field trip very much. One participant said she loved it so much, that she wanted to have her wedding there.

VIPP is glad to offer enriching local experiences to our participants. Michigan has 13,700 acres of vineyards across the state and is the fourth largest grape-growing state in the U.S. Most of the vineyards are on the west cost of Michigan, but even we have a nice winery right in our own backyard.