Northern Sun Winery, the first winery in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (UP) to make wine from grapes grown in its own UP vineyard, will open in July, according to owner David Anthony. ”Our winery is currently a small operation, but what we lack in size, my wife Suzie and I make up for with our passion for winemaking,” he said.
Northern Sun will be located about 12 miles west of Escanaba near an Indian owned casino. Anthony said there is tourist traffic through the area in both summer and winter to support his business, which will be enhanced by the addition of a distinctive European style tasting room near the vineyard that he and Susie are using their own funds to construct. Planned initial production for Northern Sun is around 500 cases. Anthony said he expects production to increase as vines that were planted two to three years ago mature.