Lawton Ridge Winery’s grapes are grown in the Lake Michigan Shore American Viticulture Area (AVA) – the oldest grape region in the state – with ideal conditions for “cool climate viticulture”. Like most of the major wine-producing areas of the world (France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, New York, and Oregon) we are within a few degrees of the 45th parallel. Warm days and cool nights allow the grapes to mature with the proper balance of sugar and acidity, giving crispness to our white wines and depth and complexity to our reds.
The AVA boundaries extend from the Indiana border north to Fennville and 45 miles east from the shore of Lake Michigan. It is home to a majority of Michigan’s vineyards and half of the state’s wine production. This growing region dates its first vineyards back to 1867.