Leelanau Peninsula AVA

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Leelanau Peninsula AVA
Wine region
Michigan Chardonnay vineyard.jpg
A vineyard in the Leelanau Peninsula AVA
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1982[1]
Country United States
Part of Michigan
Climate region Continental
Total area 75,000 acres (30,351 ha)[2]
Grapes produced Aurore, Auxerrois, Bianca, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cayuga, Chardonnay, De Chaunac, Dolcetto, Gewurztraminer, Malbec, Marechal Foch, Merlot, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Seyval blanc, Traminette, Vignoles[3]

The Leelanau Peninsula AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Leelanau County, Michigan. This Michigan wine region includes all of Leelanau County, which forms a peninsula between Lake Michigan on the west and Grand Traverse Bay on the east. Being surrounded by water helps to moderate the climate of the region, which is generally cold for viticulture. Frost can occur on all but about 145 days of the calendar year. The soil in Leelanau Peninsula is complex, with glacial deposits of clay, sand, and loam on top of bedrock of granite and limestone.[3] The hardiness zones are 6a and 6b.

Leelanau Peninsula


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.40 Leelanau Peninsula." Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Feb. 1, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute, The (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State" Archived 2008-01-27 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved Feb. 1, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Leelanau Peninsula (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Feb. 1, 2008.

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Coordinates: 44°53′N 85°47′W / 44.89°N 85.79°W / 44.89; -85.79