West Michigan has quickly become a juggernaut in the wine world. There’s a diverse group of winemakers in the area, each creating and showcasing a wide variety of flavors. Many wineries offer tours, events, and tastings, enabline you to get the most out of each glass. With July being West Michigan Wine Month, it’s the perfect time to get out and visit a few wineries with friends and family.
Wine in Southern West Michigan
In the pure French tradition of a winemaker in Bordeaux, the Henderson Castle in Kalamazoo is proud to announce the completion of their wine cave. This beautiful underground room is cut into the hill near the castle, connecting to the remains of the old tunnel. The wine cave is complemented by a large patio and sky deck with a lovely view of the orchard and vineyard where they grow the organic fruit used in their wine and jams. They’re proud to feature six varieties of wine, each made with the grapes from Fenn Valley. Tastings are held daily by appointment, and for a royal experience, their Wine Connoisseurs Package includes a Behind the Scenes Architectural Tour, a wine tasting flight sampling all six of the Henderson Castle wines, a delicious Antipasti Cheese Plate for two, a Henderson Castle wine glass, and your choice of a bottle of Henderson Castle Red Blend or Henderson Castle Riesling to take home.
12 Corners Vineyards in Benton Harbor was started by a small group of friends who grew up in Michigan and recognized the uniqueness of a site just four miles off Michigan’s famed “Gold Coast.” With an 115-acre estate planted with both vinifera and hybrid grapes, they create a variety of wines, including Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Traminette. They’ll have live music all summer long, filling the air with sweet tunes as you enjoy your wine tasting.
Round Barn in Baroda hosts a Winemaking Camp where you not only learn how wine gets from the grape to the glass, but you actually make wine with your camp partner. Although the camp experience is quite casual, it will cover topics such as vineyard work, the terroir of the Lake Michigan Shore AVA, the art of winemaking and blending, and more. Your camp counselors are Round Barn’s own Winemaker and staff, guiding you in crafting two cases of your very own red wine! To break it down, you’ll participate in the behind the scenes work, drink a little wine, learn a lot, and have a ton of fun all the while. The camp has you harvesting in October and blending and bottling in May. Classes fill up fast, so check their website and reserve your spot!
Visit Dablon Vineyards in Baroda and enjoy estate-grown, small batch wines on their patio overlooking the estate. Sample their newly released 2015 vintage estate dry red wines with varietals including Malbec and Syrah. They host live music on their patio every Friday and Sunday throughout the summer, filling the air with music as you enjoy your wine.
Van Buren County is rich with vineyards and tasting rooms. South Haven is part of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, spanning from New Buffalo to Saugatuck. In addition, their downtown is home to tasting rooms for area wineries, such as 12 Corners Vineyards. South Haven is also a short drive from St. Julian Winery, Michigan’s oldest and most-awarded winery.
St. Julian in Paw Paw is the state’s oldest, continually-operating winery, and they were recently awarded seven Double Gold and seven Gold Medals, as well as the 2017 Most Gold Medals trophy, during the 30th Annual International Wine Judging competition. Try some of their awarding-winning wines at their tasting room when you stop by this summer.
Cogdal Vineyards in South Haven applies their superb winemaking skills to both estate grown and selectively sourced grapes to create their outstanding, small batch wines. They even have live music, wine dinners, and events, giving you more reasons to stop by for a taste.
McIntosh Apple Orchards & Winery in South Haven has a wonderful selection of wines that are made and bottled on the property. A selection of premium fruit wines help to round out their selection. They invite you to come to the winery and taste their wines, enjoying them in the beautiful surroundings of the orchards. Gather with friends and family and let these wines find a special place in your cellar or home.
While they may be known for their bakery and restaurant, Crane’s Pie Pantry, Restaurant & Winery in Fennville sports a robust winery creating both wines and ciders on their fifth generation family-owned land. Crane’s Winery was established with the goal of bringing only high quality wine and cider to you, with small batch expertise and artistry.
Lemon Creek Winery is a name with 160 years of grape and fruit growing experience. Located in Berrien Springs, Lemon Creek Fruit Farm has grown some of the best grapes in Michigan, which are used to create the winery’s portfolio of wines. The winery also hosts a variety of events each year, including reserved barrel tastings, festivals, live entertainment, and more.
Ever wondered what goes into creating the perfect bottle of vino? Uncover the rich history of Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant in Buchanan, and explore their modern winemaking facilities with their casual walking tours. Tabor Hill was the first winery in Michigan to specialize in vinifera wines. Vitis vinifera is a common European grape cultivated in many varieties, such as Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, the winery produces over 30 different varieties of wine, ranging from the sweetest whites to the driest reds.
White Pine Winery in St. Joseph showcases southwest Michigan’s finest wines and warmest hospitality. They’re releasing their first new wine in several years with the Ladyslipper Blush. This dry rosé is made from Chambourcin grapes, making it the perfect summer sipper. Visit them in St. Joseph to try Ladyslipper Blush and all of their other fantastic wines that they’ll have available this summer.
The Marshall area has a delightful wine shop and tasting room, which serves up delicious seasonal favorites. Popular summer wines include a fruit wine made with peach and honey, a red wine with Spanish twist, and a wine with rich and spicy flavors that will surely wake up your palate. Visit and try some of these summery flavors throughout the season.
More Wine in Southern West Michigan
- Baroda Founders Wine Cellar, Baroda
- Constantine Brewing Company and the Laughing Leaves Winery, Constantine
- Corey Lake Orchards, Three Rivers
- Lawton Ridge Winery, Kalamazoo
- Vineyard 2121, Benton Harbor
- Virtue Cider, Fennville
Wine in Central West Michigan
If you enjoy wine, then Reserve Wine & Food in downtown Grand Rapids is the place to go. With over 100 wines on tap and many more bottles to choose from, you can’t go wrong here, as they proudly serve a selection of Michigan wines. Sweeten the deal at Happy Hour weekdays between 4pm and 6pm, or check out the next monthly wine tasting. Enjoy a glass (or bottle) on the patio, or pick up one to go from their retail selection.
When beer is not your thing or you’re looking to kick back with something from the vines, Atwater Brewery in Grand Rapids pours beyond the brewery with signature house wines featuring red and white table wine, Pinot Grigio, and a subtly bubbly Prosecco for life’s little celebrations.
Under the Vines in Grand Rapids sells Michigan wines, beers, and ciders. Many of their wines come from small wineries that only make small batches of their product. These are only sold at the winery itself and Under the Vines, making them very elusive. Stop by and pick up one of these exclusive bottles of wine to bring home to your personal collection.
Great Legs Winery, Brewery & Distillery in Holland is creating delicious wine with an Italian backdrop. They use grapes grown by three farmers near Berrien Springs, water from Lake Michigan, and grains, sugars, fruits, and hops raised in the unique climate found in the area. With a variety of reds and whites to choose from, you’re going to love one of Holland’s newest wineries!
The Grand Haven area has two wine tasting rooms: Lemon Creek Winery and 12 Corners Vineyards. These wine tasting rooms offer Michigan reds, whites, and sparkling wines, each complemented with commentary from the tasting rooms resident wine expert. Taste testers are always welcome in the Grand Haven area, and with these two wine tasting rooms, you’ll be able to try a wide variety of offerings.
Mecosta County has a few wineries that produce locally sourced wine. If you’re looking for local wine, this is the place to go. Both pride themselves on producing, cellaring, and bottling their wine on site. Each has a tasting room, giving you the opportunity to same their wines this summer.
The Muskegon area has a boutique winery with a vast selection of award winning wines from dry to sweet. There’s even a tasting room in in downtown Muskegon, making it easier to try wines on site! Come and sample wines, grown and produced right in West Michigan.
More Wine in Central West Michigan
- Cascade Winery, Grand Rapids
- Cedar Springs Brewing Company, Cedar Springs
- Kayla Rae Cellars, Rockford
- Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery, Grand Rapids
- Sietsema Orchard and Cider Mill, Ada
- The Fox Barn Market & Winery, Shelby
Wine in Northern West Michigan
Waterfire Vineyards in Kewadin is one of the newest wineries in northwest Michigan. Take a break from the crowded wine trails and visit their littlest tasting room. They make exceptional European white wines from grapes that they grow themselves, with no herbicides or insecticides. Their entire vineyard is at your disposal to explore while sipping on your favorite wine or glass of their wild apple cider.
With 19 miles of rolling hills and amazing views everywhere you turn, Old Mission Peninsula is the perfect place for a daylong wine tasting tour with friends or an extended weekend retreat. Visit one, or all, of the nine distinct Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. Take your pick of dining options ranging from come-as-you-are to more upscale affairs. Stay for the day, or spend the weekend with your choice of B&Bs and inns offering breathtaking accommodations and views of the surrounding area.
St. Ambrose Cellars in Beulah is a winery, in addition to being a meadery and brewery. They take great grapes from their friends around the Great Lakes and Michigan to make their wines. With both red and white wine products in addition to a line of mead and beer, they’ll be pleasing all types of drinkers this summer.
Visit the Charlevoix area and get a taste of the area’s famed wine. Looking for something unique? Charlevoix has a specialty store that sells unique and hard-to-find wines at a variety of prices. Never miss an opportunity to find a new bottle to bring home to friends and family.
If you’re traveling up to Sault Ste. Marie, check out their small, yet dedicated, winery. They serve whites, reds, fruits, and more, with a total of 12 wines available to try or purchase. Take a break from your northern Michigan adventure with a nice glass of your favorite wine in Sault Ste. Marie!
The Grayling area has a wine tasting room that is connected to both a brewery and art gallery! This makes it even easier to have a little wine, beer, and art in a single evening.
More Wine in Northern West Michigan
- 45 North Vineyard & Winery, Lake Leelanau
- Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery, Cedar
- Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay
- Blustone Vineyards, Lake Leelanau
- Boathouse Vineyards, Lake Leelanau
- Bonobo Winery, Traverse City
- Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, Traverse City
- Chateau Chantal, Traverse City
- Chateau de Leelanau, Suttons Bay
- Chateau Grand Traverse, Traverse City
- Douglas Valley Vineyard, Manistee
- Hawthorne Vineyards, Traverse City
- Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, Traverse City
- Left Foot Charley, Traverse City
- Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, Petoskey
- Michigan BrewVine, Traverse City
- Peninsula Cellars, Traverse City
- Rudbeckia Winery/Burnt Marshmallow Brewing, Petoskey
- Shady Lane Cellars, Suttons Bay
- TC Brew Bus, Traverse City
- Traverse City Wine & Cider Festival, Traverse City
- Willow Vineyards, Suttons Bay
Statewide Wine Resources
2017 Wine in West Michigan
Join the year-long celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. West Michigan Wine Month will see events planned at the wineries, so be sure to check out what is happening throughout the month of July. Tune in on Monday, July 10th when the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail will help kick-off West Michigan Wine Week on eightWest on Wood TV. The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail will be celebrating wines throughout the entire summer, giving you plenty of time to enjoy their anniversary festivities.
The Southwest Michigan Tourist Council wants you to enjoy a glass of wine outside with the 12th Annual Art, Wine, & Music Festival in Berrien Springs on Saturday, July 22nd. Celebrate with 25 local artists displaying and selling their handcrafted work, live music all day long featuring three different groups, mouth-watering food and goodies, and of course, wine tastings by the glass or bottle.
The Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon has a new addition this year: their Craft Beer & Wine Garden. Stroll and check out some of the one-of-a-kind art while sipping on your favorite wine. In addition to the wine, they’re going to have two local breweries and a distillery in the garden with even more craft products to try. The event takes place in Hackley Park on July 7th and 8th.
The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is hosting a Summer Wine Appreciation Weekend from July 7th to 9th. They are excited to have the family owned Trinchero Family Estates as a guest, with the opportunity to explore varietals from Trinchero’s brand, Terra d’Oro, which translates as “Land of Gold.” The weekend will begin with a welcome reception on the front porch followed by a five-course dinner in the main dining room. On Saturday, July 8th, enjoy a full breakfast in the main dining room followed by two themed wine tastings. In addition, the package includes accommodations in one of 393 uniquely decorated guest rooms and all of the modern amenities of Grand Hotel.