Canepa | Cameron is a small start up vineyard in the great state of Michigan owned by Katie Canepa & Ryan Cameron. Back in 2007 we stumbled upon a piece of land surrounded by orchards that had distant views of Lake Michigan. The property was previously an orchard but had been cleared of all its fruit trees. With a simple statement (“This, this I could do”) Katie had set in motion our latest project.
After purchasing the land it was several years before we were able to plant our first vine. Fighting the urge to jump right in and start planting we spent a couple of years researching the varieties we wanted to try along with doing soil tests and prepping the land for those first vines. While it took longer than planned we finally planted 555 vines with the help of friends and family on Memorial weekend of 2011.
We are growing some typical varieties for Michigan (Riesling, Cab Franc, Pinot Noir, etc.) but also experimenting with some more lesser known varieties that are typically grown in Austria. Most exciting for us is growing Grüner Veltliner, Blaufränkisch, and Zweigelt three of the classic Austrian grape varieties.