Dustin Stabile

Head of Production

dstabile@mackinawtrail.net

Dustin grew up in a Sicilian household making wine with his father Raffaele at an early age. He remembers as a child, his father paying him one dollar per bag of dandelion heads for making wine. As Dustin grew older he started experimenting with his father making wine out of anything they could get their hands on. Initially Dustin entered Michigan State University for criminal justice. When coming out of a chemistry class he saw on a bulletin board a job opening at Spartan Cellars. After getting the job, Dustin found out that there was a program for enology and viticulture, which intrigued him because of his family heritage. He soon after switched all of his classes. In the program, Dustin was able to study under renowned Professor Stan Howell. When completed with his studies, his first winemaking job was as an assistant winemaker at Uncle John’s Fruit house winery in St. John’s, Michigan. After a year working under Mike Beck, he then took a job at a winery in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Dustin’s true passion led him back into making Michigan grown grape wines and working in the family winery. In the fall of 2007 he started working with his father making the wine for Mackinaw Trail. By the fall of 2008 he took over the winery production to allow his father more time to expand the business into Mackinaw City and then into Petoskey. In recent years the winery has taken numerous gold medals and has focused more on different blends of wines to really express what Michigan grapes have to offer! Dustin continues to expand his knowledge and share his techniques in educating his staff.

Hometown
Iron Mountain, Michigan

Interests/Hobbies
Hunting, Fishing, Trapping

Favorite Mackinaw Trail Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon

Favorite Sports Team
Green Bay Packers, MSU Spartans

Favorite Toy Growing Up
BB Gun

Favorite Season of the Year
Winter (anything below -5F)

Syrah

Chief Apple Inspector

Hometown
Manistique, MI

Interests/Hobbies
Finding Apples, Belly Rubs, Catching Varmints, "Security"

Favorite Mackinaw Trail Wine
Apple Cider

Favorite Sports Team
Michigan State

Favorite Toy Growing Up
Honeycrisp Apples

Favorite Season of the Year
Winter

Raffaele Stabile

Owner

rstabile@mackinawtrail.net

Hometown
Detroit, MI

Interests/Hobbies
Golf, Snorkeling, Drinking Scotch

Favorite Mackinaw Trail Wine
Gewurztraminer

Favorite Sports Team
Green Bay Packers

Favorite Toy Growing Up
GI Joes & Rock Em Sock Em Robots

Laurie Stabile

Owner

stabilelaurie@gmail.com

Hometown
Naubinway, MI

Interests/Hobbies
Golf, Watching Movies

Favorite Mackinaw Trail Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon

Favorite Sports Team
Green Bay Packers

Favorite Toy Growing Up
Barbie Dolls

Matt Killman

Associate Winemaker / Cidermaker

mkillman@mackinawtrail.net

Hometown
Grand Rapids, MI

Interests/Hobbies
Reading, Plant Biology

Favorite Mackinaw Trail Wine
Unrestricted Syrah

Favorite Sports Team
MSU Spartans

Favorite Toy Growing Up
Books

Favorite Season of the Year
Winter

Kelly Weller

Events and Tasting Room Manager

kweller@mackinawtrail.net

Hometown
Petoskey

Interests/Hobbies
My Kids, Good Food, and Wine

Favorite Mackinaw Trail Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon

Favorite Sports Team
Petoskey Northmen

Favorite Toy Growing Up
Legos

Favorite Season of the Year
Summer

Craig Russell

Assistant Winemaker

Hometown
Petoskey, MI

Interests/Hobbies
Cooking, Skiing, Beer

Favorite Mackinaw Trail Wine
Traminette

Favorite Sports Team
Redwings

Favorite Toy Growing Up
Legos

Favorite Season of the Year
Fall

Barb Arbutus

Mackinaw City Tasting Room Manager

Hometown
Cheboygan, MI

Interests/Hobbies
Reading, outdoor activities, Cooking, spending time with her Grandkids

Favorite Mackinaw Trail Wine
Pinot Gris/Cabernet Sauvignon

Favorite Sports Team
Detroit Lions

Favorite Toy Growing Up
Barbie dolls

Favorite Season of the Year
Winters in Florida

Michelle Earle

Manistique Tasting Room Manager

Hometown
Madison, WI

Interests/Hobbies
Watercolor painting, Illustration, Game of thrones, Walking dogs on the beach, Antiques/ Auctions

Favorite Mackinaw Trail Wine
The next one that comes out

Favorite Sports Team
Green Bay Packers

Favorite Toy Growing Up
“Lamby” (small stuffed Lamb)

Favorite Season of the Year
Anything other than winter