Summer is a beautiful time of year in West Michigan. It is perfect for sightseeing, spending time outdoors, and sipping on refreshing wines. West Michigan is home to some of the best and most unique wineries, each with their own diverse taste and atmosphere. Many of these places host tours, tastings, or special events so that you can get the most out of your stay. Whether you’re looking for a date night or a girls trip, we’ve got you covered with all you need to know about wine in West Michigan.
Wine-Filled Events & Specials that you cannot miss this summer
Help Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay celebrate their 20th anniversary from July 23rd to July 28th at their multitude of different events that they have planned for the week. From tastings to tours to hikes, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Don’t forget about their Harvest Dinner in their vineyard on Wednesday, July 11th when they will be taking their acclaimed wine-paired dinners into the vineyard.
Chateau Chantal in Traverse City will be featuring two opportunities to learn about the symbiotic relationship between wine & food while enjoying the beauty of Old Mission Peninsula! Join them this summer for Quaff & Nosh, their afternoon food and wine pairing, or attend one of their delicious seven-course wine dinners. Experience the best Northern Michigan has to offer at Chateau Chantal!
Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek is hosting their cannot-miss wine festival for food and wine lovers, Corks for Conservation, on Friday, July 13th. Guests will enjoy a variety of fine Michigan wines while wandering around the zoo to take in the show-stopping wildlife. The evening’s festivities include live music, auctions, raffles, animal presentations, and more!
The JW Marriott’s restaurant, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck in Grand Rapids offers an irresistible Happy Hour with $7 glasses of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and $2 off all other wine by the glass.
Lemon Creek Winery in Berrien Springs is hosting Vintage Blues Bash on Saturday, July 21st. The afternoon is going to be filled with non-stop blues bands, dancing, wine tasting, grilling and summer fun. Blues lovers will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and toe tapping tunes, while you sip a glass of wine on the lawn, or boogie down on the dance floor. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and snacks or enjoy their outdoor seating and catered fare. Don’t forget to stop into one of their tasting rooms for a wide selection of great summer wines, ranging from dry to sweet.
Vineyard 2121 in Benton Harbor is hosting their 3rd annual Birthday Bash on Saturday, July 21st. Join them for live music, a food tent, crisp and refreshing wines, wine slushees, ciders, yard games, and so much more!
The Best Wineries West Michigan has to Offer
Round Barn Winery in Baroda is an iconic stop on the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. Every Saturday and Sunday you can jam in the vineyard with high-energy bands, cold drinks, and your best friends or family. Round Barn Winery is a must stop for anyone looking to experience the Southwest Michigan wine trail.
Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City offers the perfect summer weekend getaway. The area is virtually surrounded by the turquoise waters of East and West Grand Traverse Bays, making this a breathtaking travel destination. The wine trail is comprised of nine wineries that are as distinct and full of character as the wine that they serve. Taste the wine, enjoy the scenery, and experience all there is to offer along Old Mission Peninsula.
Walloon Lake Winery in Petoskey is a unique and modern winery that focuses on creating the very best wines made from their freshly-grown, local grapes. Stop in for some lively conversations and refreshing wines today!
Waterfire Vineyards in Kewadin has a passion for making great cool climate wines. Waterfire’s wines are made in small batches from locally grown grapes to bring the balanced and elegant flavors of the Torch Lake region directly to your table.
White Pine Winery in Saint Joseph showcases Southwest Michigan’s finest wines and warm hospitality at their lakeshore destination. They produce a range of delicious red and white wines and specialize in aromatic whites like Riesling and Pinot Gris. Named after our state tree, White Pine characterizes Michigan’s natural beauty.
Bonobo Winery in Traverse City offers world-class wines in a rustic, yet elegant atmosphere with a breathtaking view. Stop in for an educational and enjoyable tasting, an excellent glass of wine, and a plate masterfully paired with your wine.
Boathouse Vineyards on Lake Leelanau creates handcrafted wines which are made with care from grapes grown in their family-owned vineyard. Try customer-favorite, Seas the Day or the popular Knot Too Sweet Riesling, one of Michigan’s 6 “Best in Class” wines for 2013. You will not be dissapointed!
Stop at Brys Estate Vineyard in Traverse City for an unforgettable experience that will leave you wanting more. Sample award-winning wines in the elegant tasting room, enjoy a glass on the upper deck overlooking the vineyard, set up a private tour and tasting in the international barrel room, or book a stay in the private guest house for the perfect Pure Michigan getaway.
St. Julian Winery in Paw Paw is one of Michigan’s oldest, largest, and most awarded winery! Check out their free guided tours that are given daily and free tasting of their award-winning wines, champagnes, and alcohol-free juices.
Two K Cider & Wine in Suttons Bay offers breathtaking views of the water and Traverse City, along with rich and refreshing wines and craft ciders. You’re going to want to add this family-owned farm to your summer bucket list!
45 North Vineyard & Winery on Lake Leelanau is home to some world-class wines that represent the region perfectly. Everything is carefully handcrafted on-site using grapes from estate and regional vineyards with the ultimate goal of producing the most approachable, elegant wines possible.
The Inn at Harbor Shores in Saint Joseph is a top-choice location for some fantastic wineries. Check out their all-local Michigan Wine tasting room that features an array of options for all palates, or hop on a wine tour in the area that takes guests to at least four nearby wineries! The Inn also has a shuttle van that will take guests downtown where there are multiple wineries within walking distance.
The 1918 Cellars Wine Tasting Room at Castle Farms in Charlevoix is now open daily! The room features tasting along with glass and bottle purchases of their very own label of Michigan-produced wines. With both indoor and outdoor seating available, it is perfect for a day in the sun or as a way to kill some time on a rainy day.
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 a 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.
West Michigan-Approved Wine Tours
Grand Traverse Bike Tours in Suttons Bay is maybe one of the most unique ways to visit all of the great wineries that the area has to offer. Join them for their “Cycle the Vineyards Mountain Bike Tour” to mountain bike through a fully operational Michigan vineyard and the “Leelanau Wine Trail Bike Tour” to bike the paved path that leads directly to the wineries. Scenic trails, fun wineries, and lunch overlooking the vineyards makes for the perfect wine tour.
Leelanau County and the Grand Traverse region are known for their many wineries. Join Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay for a two-hour sail around the beautiful area where you will taste the wines, along with pairings, as you learn why this region is successful in growing grapes.
Wine in some of our Favorite West Michigan Cities
Beat the heat this summer in the city of Marshall with a refreshing glass of frose, a frozen wine slushy made with some of the best wines in the area!
Stop by the Capital City of Lansing this summer for some unique and amazing wineries that will surely not disappoint. Perfect for a date night or a girls trip, you will find yourself coming back to these hotspots time and time again!
Stroll through Grand Haven Main Street and stop in some of the favorite wineries in Northern West Michigan. While in town, make sure and grab some grub: with over 25 dining options, there is something for everyone!
The city of Sault Ste. Marie is home to some amazing and unique wineries that all wine-lovers must experience. These local-made wines feature a variety of reds, whites, and blushes that will keep you coming back.
Grand Rapids might be known as Beer City, but don’t look over their wine hotspots. Some of our favorites are Under the Vines, Reserve Wine & Food, and Cascade Winery. From award-winning wines to mouthwatering food, you do not want to miss out on any of these high-quality establishments.
Mecosta County houses a couple of beautiful wineries that are as unique as they are homey. All of the wineries in the area feature wine that is created solely in West Michigan, so when you visit here, you are supporting West Michigan talent.