Wyncroft began in 1998 as a labor of love for Rae Lee and Jim Lester, who moved from Washington State to southwest Michigan in the early 1980's. Their goal: to craft world-class, wines that reflect Lake Michigan Shore's microclimate and their low-yield, unirrigated vineyard.
Wyncroft operates in the style of a tiny French "garagiste" winery. With no tasting room, its limited-release wines are more frequently talked about than tasted, available only by mailing list and at a select group of restaurants. Wyncroft now offers a small amount of wine through its website wine shop.
After a long illness, Rae Lee passed away in February, 2009. Jim, now joined by their son, Eric, has rededicated himself to the wines he and Rae Lee have loved, with one hope: when you taste Wyncroft, you say to yourself, "THAT'S the kind of wine Michigan is capable of producing."