Young winemakers of Old Mission Peninsula are making their mark on the region’s distinct terroir.
Old Mission Peninsula (AVA)
Young Winemakers Forge New Identity for Old Mission
Despite some friendly competition amongst the winemakers of Old Mission Peninsula there is a clear sense of camaraderie in this emerging region. It is also clear, despite their individual styles, they all share a pride of place. As Craig Pinhey suggests, in a cool climate region such as Old Mission it is important to be ‘one with the land.’
July 26, 2006
Cornel Olivier and Coenraad Stassen came a long way -- from South Africa -- to Michigan
’s Old Mission Peninsula
to make wine: good wine, even great wine. Old Mission, like its neighbor to the west, and cousin, at least in terms of terroir, Leelanau Peninsula
, is a cool climate region. This means, in addition to cold winters and risk of untimely frosts in the spring and fall, vintage variation is expected. Wine savvy consumers actually revel in this, knowing the wines are different from year to year, producer to producer, vineyard to vineyard, and this makes them more interesting, both in their youth and as the wines age.