Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and MAEAP celebrate environmental protection efforts
Old Mission Peninsula wineries will be recognized for their participation in the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program on April 26.
Fine wines are made possible by high quality grapes and attention to detail in the winery. High quality grapes are made possible by excellent vineyard sites and attention to detail in the vineyard. Making sure this continues to be possible requires attention to environmental protection on the unique and productive farmland of Old Mission Peninsula. To this end, there has been a long and strong relationship between the wineries and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) in this beautiful part of the Grand Traverse, Mich., region.
On Friday, April 26, MAEAP, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council and the Grand Traverse Conservation District will be hosting a press conference to celebrate the environmental protection efforts of the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP) through their participation in MAEAP. This event will take place at the Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery on Old Mission Peninsula, 3309 Blue Water Road, Traverse City, MI 49686 (view map), at 1:30 p.m. In addition to MDARD and MAEAP officials, Governor Snyder has been invited to take part in the event.
MAEAP works with Michigan farmers to protect the state’s natural resources. It is a voluntary, proactive program that helps farms of all sizes and types to prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.
All seven of the wineries on the peninsula are MAEAP verified. In order to achieve this, they have voluntarily reviewed and implemented practices in the areas of fertilizer use, pesticide use and storage, fuel storage, waste recycling, protection of water wells, soil conservation and emergency planning.
The WOMP wineries are:
- 2 Lads, owned by Cornel Olivier and Chris Baldyga
- Black Star Farms, owned by Don Coe and Kermit Campbell
- Bowers Harbor Vineyards, owned by Spencer Stegenga
- Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery, owned by Walt and Eileen Brys
- Chateau Chantal, owned by Robert P. Begin
- Chateau Grand Traverse, owned by the O’Keefe family
- Peninsula Cellars, owned by Dave and Joan Kroupa
All of these wineries have been solid supporters of Michigan State University Extension programming and regional educational events over the years, further demonstrating their commitment to being stewards of the land and good community partners.
Questions may be directed to Heather Throne at 517-373-1085.