The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail (LMSWT) has announced that Tony Peterson, owner of Contessa Cellars located in Coloma, Michigan, will be president of the association for a one-year term that began on January 1, 2017. In addition, the LMSWT membership re-elected Joe Herman, owner of Karma Vista Vineyard and Winery located in Coloma, Michigan as treasurer. Joe has successfully held the post since LMSWT was founded in 2002. The membership re-elected Scott Soethe, of Lemon Creek Winery as recording secretary.
Tony Peterson, a third generation wine maker. He perfected his craft while working as an apprentice in the family winery. He has served as past-president and continues to work to support the mission of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail.
The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail would like to thank Chris Moersch, owner of Round Barn Winery, Brewery & Distillery, located in Baroda, Michigan, for serving as president in 2016, which brought paid staff for the first time in the 15-year history of LMSWT and his continued work on the annual Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival held on the third Saturday of June in Bridgeman, Michigan.
On behalf of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, we are pleased to welcome our newly elected board officers as we celebrate 15 years as a Wine Trail, and to focus on drawing awareness and visitors to our wine region.
The new board officers began their term on January 1, 2017. The LMSWT elections are held each year during the December meeting.
The majority of Michigan’s vineyards are located within the Lake Michigan Shore American Viticulture Area (AVA), covering more than 1,280,000 acres in southwest Michigan. The boundaries of the AVA reach north to the Kalamazoo River in Douglas Michigan and extends east, to Kalamazoo, from the Lake Michigan shoreline and south to the Michigan/Indiana border.
Visit the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail for a listing of all twenty-one of the wineries for hours, locations, events and entertainment.