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Learn About Your Favorite Wineries & Cider Mills

There’s a lot that goes into your favorite wine or cider. Find a whole new appreciation for your beverage of choice with these in-depth tours!

 

A fall stop at the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula often offers the opportunity to see the fall harvest in action. Pay attention as you approach the wineries to see the staff in the vineyards picking and gathering grapes for your favorite wines. Some wineries even offer tours and guided tastings, so you can get a peek behind the curtain or learn more about wine from the experts!

Set your sights on Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay in a whole new way! Plan your trip and enjoy a 45-minute guided tour through the breathtaking property, including the exclusive inn, centennial barn, and wine cave, all while learning the history of this iconic 160-acre estate and the incredible journey from grape to glass. The tour concludes with a premium tasting (souvenir glass included), featuring Black Star Farms’ award-winning wine, cider, and spirits.

Visit Traverse City and take a complimentary tour of the Chateau Grand Traverse’s grounds and winemaking facility, taking you through the winemaking process from harvest to bottling. All tours begin on their vineyard overlook deck, where your tour guide will highlight winery history and outline their growing practices. The tour will proceed into the winemaking facilities, where you will see first-hand how their wine is made.

Join Dablon Winery in Baroda on a winemaker led walking tour through their world-class vineyard, winery, and underground barrel cellar. You will experience the many components involved in creating first-class wines. Their winemaker will explain how their grapes are planted and cared for, as well as the barrel aging process. The $20 ($15 for Dablon Wine Club Members) tour also includes a wine tasting of their small-batch, handcrafted wines.

At Fenn Valley Vineyards in Fennville, tours are offered based on the season. Fenn Valley believes wine should be approachable. These tours are pretty in-depth, running an hour and forty-five minutes in length, and involve wine tasting throughout to illustrate the various points being made. During select times of the year, they also offer specially designed tours involving food and wine.

Great Legs Winery, Brewery & Distillery in Holland is happy to provide complimentary behind the scenes tours of their compact production facility. They produce everything on-site and they’ll be bottling wines again in the near future. Want to observe the bottling experience? Call or email Great Legs to secure your spot!

St. Julian Winery’s main location in Paw Paw offers free tours year round. Get more out of your experience by upgrading to a Standard or Enhanced Tour & Tasting. Standard Tours include six samples of your choice and a complimentary logo glass to take home. The Enhanced Tour & Tasting consists of an extended tour and your choice of a cheese or chocolate pairing option. Their wine educators will offer an intimate, in-depth education on the winemaking process from bud-break to bottling.

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 a casual walking tour, offered daily May through October at their Buchanan location.

Take a tour to learn about making proper cider at Virtue Cider in Fennville. From pressing apples into juice to the ins and outs of barrel-aging, you’ll get to know Virtue and the traditional methods they use for their ciders. Virtue Cider offers three different experiences: the Cidermaker Tour, Production Tour, and Family Farm Tour. The Cidermaker Tour focuses on how Virtue Cider crafts the perfect cider, while the Production Tour takes you through the basics of their process. The Family Farm Tour is a tailored experience for families, letting the young ones meet some of the farm animals and taste non-alcoholic cider. Tours can be booked on their website.