There is a rich history that begins the story of Peninsula Cellars which is owned and operated by the Kroupa family. In May of 2015, the family estate was designated a Centennial Farm by the Historical Society of Michigan. To be designated as a Centennial Farm, a property must be a working farm of 10 or more acres that has been continuously owned by the same family for at least 100 years. John Kroupa, owner and winemaker for Peninsula Cellars, is now the sixth generation to farm the land his ancestors did over 100 years ago.
The Kroupa farm was purchased in 1897 by John Kroupa Jr. The farm began as a traditional family farm in order to sustain the needs of his growing family. He maintained livestock , fruits, vegetables, and hay. In the early 1900’s John Kroupa Jr. transitioned into also growing fruit trees such as cherries, apples, and plums. Don Kroupa, John Kroupa Jr.’s son, purchased the farm in 1938 and built a supplemental home for him and his family while John Kroupa Jr. and his wife, Freda maintained residence at their original home. David Kroupa then purchased the farm from his father, Don Kroupa, in 1983. At this point in time the farm was used entirely to farm fruit, primarily cherries and apples.
In 1991, David Kroupa planted Chardonnay and Riesling vineyards, replacing only a small portion of the cherry and apple trees. Currently, the farm is still owned by David Kroupa and his wife Joan Kroupa. They currently maintain residence in the original primary residence of the property, to which they’ve done minimal modifications. The overall layout of the farm remains in it’s original form.
Today, many of the varietals that Peninsula Cellars uses for its wine production are grown on the same 40 acres John Kroupa Jr. settled on so many years ago. This rich tie to the history of Old Mission Peninsula is one of the many reasons Peninsula Cellars is Peninsula Proud.