Posted: Monday, April 28, 2008 at 5:22 p.m.
Nearly 20 Northern Michigan vintners are working to spread the word about Northern Michigan's wine industry.
The Second Annual Northern Michigan Wine Summit took place Monday at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City.
Winemakers from Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas came together to promote the growing and award winning industry.
"There's a strong movement for local foods," explains organizer Kristin Karam, "why not pair these local foods with local wines? It only makes sense. People don't go to Tuscany and order a german wine, we want them to come to Northern Michigan and order Northern Michigan wine."
Wine industry analysts say sales of Michigan wines were up more than 3 percent last year and contribute nearly $790 million a year to the state's economy.