Leelanau County Vintner Larry Mawby Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Congratulations to Larry Mawby and LMawby Vineyards on 30th anniversary! The following is an excerpt from an article which appeared in The Detroit News about LMawby Vineyards - Thursday, December 4, 2008 Sandra Silfven L. Mawby Vineyards marks 30th anniversary
With the holiday season upon us, we can be grateful for many things, including Larry Mawby's special niche in Michigan winemaking history: He is the only local vintner who only makes sparkling wines. Mawby, 58, the founder and winemaker of L. Mawby Vineyards in Leelanau County, is respected as a premium sparkling wine producer by the upper crust of California winemakers -- and France, too. His wines are sold not only around Michigan, but in a half-dozen states, as well as in Denmark. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the winery for the poet, humorist and village president of Suttons Bay, whom I've written about for just about as long. I used to think I knew a lot about Larry and his wines. And, of course, I quickly found out in a recent chat that I've been asking the wrong questions for years. Here's the obvious one: Why just sparkling? It's not only the hardest wine to make, and packed with guesswork, but takes expensive equipment and years to see any return on the investment, as better wines age three to five years. Larry's response: "The real reason is that I do so many things here. I make the wine, run the business. I needed to focus on a narrow subset of the best wine I could make. All I think about is how to grow grapes for sparkling wine." In 1996, when he narrowed the focus, he was making 500 cases of sparkling wine by hand. Today, he is making 8,000 cases, plus another 1,500 for other wineries, using French equipment, barrels and bottles. Read the entire article here including a listing of LMawby Wines.