Student Open House for Future Winemakers

Aug 10, 2017
Lake Michigan College is hosting a Wine and Viticulture open house for prospective students to learn about the program and tour the teaching winery’s new tasting room. The event will be held Wednesday, August 23 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Lake Michigan Vintners in downtown Baroda.

Guests will meet program director, Michael Moyer, as well as currently enrolled wine program students and winery staff. College personnel will be on hand to answer questions about admissions, financial aid and testing.

Wine produced by LMC’s wine students will be available for tasting, along with light snacks.

Students in the program can earn an Associate Degree in Wine and Viticulture Technology in as little as one year. Fall 2017 semester classes begin September 5.

RSVPs are requested by Friday, August 18 to Laura at or 269-599-3101. For additional questions regarding the wine program, contact Michael at or 269-927-8617.

Wine & Viticulture Technology Program

The teaching winery is the first of its kind in the Midwest.

Lake Michigan College launched the Wine & Viticulture Technology program with the support of leading wineries spanning along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail up to Old Mission Peninsula.

Their aim is to foster the next generation of expert winemakers, and to advance the state in its burgeoning status as a recognized, world class wine region.

Students of the program experience every aspect of the wine industry, including vineyard management, winemaking, lab analysis, and all aspects of business and tasting room operations.  

Moyer was recruited by Lake Michigan College from the state of Washington to run the program. Since earning a Master’s Degree in Enology from University of California-Davis, Moyer worked for some of the nation’s most esteemed wineries. Now, Moyer has become an evangelist for Michigan wine.

“Southwest Michigan has a longer growing season than Burgundy, France, but we’re still one of the best kept secrets in the wine world. It’s exciting to partner with our area wineries who’ve been laying the groundwork, and to see our potential unfolding.” 

To learn more about the Lake Michigan College Wine and Viticulture Technology program, visit  

Lake Michigan Vintners

Lake Michigan Vintners Tasting Room is located at 8972 First St. in downtown Baroda. The tasting room is open to the public Wednesday and Thursday from noon - 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon - 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon - 5 p.m. They are closed on Monday and Tuesday. For more information visit