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North Central Michigan College’s Corporate and Community Education (CCE) Department will offer a series of five classes on wine grape growing in northern Michigan, Thursdays, October 19 – November 16, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  The classes will be held in the Straits Area Education Center, North Central’s Cheboygan Center, in room 133, 504 Division Street.

            This series of five classes feature viticulture, the making of wine.  The course will be taught by Dr. Jerry Perrone, using his text "From Grapes to Wine: Growing Cold Hardy Wine Grapes in Northern Michigan."

            Interest in wine has grown throughout the industrialized world.  In the newer wine-producing areas, experience has led to vast improvement in wine quality to meet the expectations of customers with increased knowledge and adventurous spirits.  These trends create the potential for continued growth for Michigan's wine industry.  In August of 2016, the "Tip of the Mitt" American Viticultural Area on Michigan's Lower Peninsula was approved and effective!

            North Central is holding these classes in Cheboygan as there is great opportunity for the wine business in this region.  It is one of the areas in northern Michigan which is under-represented in the wine industry and has great potential for the future. Other field meetings as provided by instructor, Dr. Jerry Perrone. Cost is $365 per person for the five classes.

            To register, or just have a question, contact CCE at 231-348-6613 or send an email to 

North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Veteran Friendly School.


For more information:

Kathy Bardins

Communications and Events Specialist