Grape and Wine Industry Council

The Grape and Wine Industry Council was created within the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to provide for research on wine grapes and wines, including, but not limited to , methods of planting, growing, controlling insects and diseases, charting microclimates and locations to growing desirable varieties of wine grapes, marketing, processing, distribution, advertising, sales, production, and product development.

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Statute

Executive Order 2014-6

Contact Information

Karel Bush 
Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, MI 48909-7517
Phone: (517) 284-5741
Fax: (517) 335-1103
Email: 
bushk9@michigan.gov 
Web: www.michiganwines.com

Members
Matthew Moersch, Berrien Springs
Represent wine makers
Term ends 2/1/2019

Steve Massie, Grand Rapids
Represent persons who operate a retail food establishment that holds a specially designated merchant license and sells Michigan wines
Term ends 2/1/2019

Michael Brenton, Haslett
Represent general public
Term ends 2/1/2019

Joanna (Taylor) Simpson, Lake Leelanau
Represent wine grape growers
Term ends 2/1/2019
 
Deborah Burgdorf, Haslett
Represent wine makers
Term ends 2/1/2020
 
Dustin Stabile, Boyne Falls
Represent wine makers
Term ends 2/1/2020

Richard Lopus, Detroit
Represent beer and wine wholesalers
Term ends 2/1/2020

Richard Rinvelt, Wixom
Represent general public
Term ends 2/1/2020
 

Gordon Wenk, Williamston
Designee of the Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Ex Officio

William Kratz, Ludington 
Designee of the CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Ex Officio

Sharon Martin, Portland
Designee of the Chairperson of the Liquor Control Commission
Ex Officio

Doug Buhler
Serve as Staff Member recommended by the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of Michigan State University
Ex Officio