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Charlevoix Moon Artisan Wine

Charlevoix Moon Building

Charlevoix Moon Vineyard is located just north of the 45th Parallel, about two miles East of Lake Michigan in The Tip of the Mitt American Viticultural Area (AVA). The site was selected because of its southwest sun exposure and extended Fall ripening season that Lake Michigan supports as it slowly cools off with each approaching winter.

After several years of preparing the vineyard site, the first grapevines were planted in 2007. As the vineyard reached commercial production level, grapes were sold to local wineries in surrounding areas.

After working with several prominent wine makers in the area, ground was broken in 2015 for the custom designed building that would become the commercially licensed winery where Charlevoix Moon Wine is now produced by winemaker Tom Jaenicke, "The Man in the Moon". The winery is located at the vineyard site within easy reach of the estate grown grapes that make Charlevoix Moon Artisan Wine so special.

Cold Climate Grapes

Research done by the University of Minnesota, Cornell University, and private researchers have brought forth a wide variety of high-quality, cold-hardy, and disease resistant red and white wine grape cultivars. They cross-pollinate different grape varieties to breed vines that not only survive winters down to -30 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, but also produce exciting award-winning wines. This makes it possible to grow unique (in a good way) wine grapes in the far reaches of Northern Michigan where normal vinifera varieties like Chardonnay and Merlot would never survive. Award-winning Charlevoix Moon Wines depend on cold climate grapes to make the "Up North" difference that our customers truly enjoy.

The Tip of the Mitt AVA

"The Tip of the Mitt" AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. This Michigan wine region is approximately 2,760 square miles in area. It includes all or part of Alpena, Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Presque Isle counties. These are counties that are located at the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula, north of the established winemaking AVAs grouped around Traverse City.

Winemakers and grape growers in northern Michigan celebrated the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau's approval of The Tip of the Mitt American Viticultural Area in July 2016. The AVA is bordered by Grand Traverse Bay, Little Traverse Bay, and Lake Michigan to the west; the Straits of Mackinac to the north; and Lake Huron to the east.

The expansion of Michigan's AVAs from four to five was a significant milestone, as Tip of the Mitt is the state's first new AVA in nearly 30 years.

The soils in the area are comprised mainly of coarse-textured glacial till (a mixture of clay, sand, gravel, and boulders). The soils within The Tip of the Mitt AVA have much higher levels of organic matter and water-retention capacity than those to the south, so one challenge of wine growing in the area is to control moisture accumulation and the vigor of the vine canopy. A positive aspect of the soils within the AVA is that they heat slowly in the spring, which effectively delays bud break until the greatest risk of spring frost has passed.

The term "Tip of the Mitt" refers to a common nickname used for the area, referring to the mitten-shaped landmass of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

The Tip of The Mitt The Man in The Moon
Vineyard Location:45° 27' N, 85° 33' W

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