Michigan’s Tabor Hill Winery Celebrates 50 Years

Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant will celebrate 50 years of winemaking in southwest Michigan this spring beginning with a special weekend “throwback” dining event showcasing some of the favorite dishes served over the years, the release of a new limited-edition Meritage, and by bringing the winery’s award-winning Grand Mark champagne to market after years of aging in Tabor Hill’s cellars.

50th Anniversary Throwback Dinner, Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24: To kick-off the 50th season, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy not only Tabor Hill’s current menu, but also a special menu of guest favorites from bygone years, such as Grape Leaf Salmon, Lamb Lollipops, Maryland Soft Shell Crab, and of course, our famous Pecan Crusted Raspberry Chicken (which is always on the menu). Reservations for this very special weekend at the award-winning Buchanan vineyard are highly recommended and can be made by calling 269-422-1161.

Limited-Edition 2018 Meritage Release, Friday, April 23: In addition to enjoying delectable dishes, the celebration continues with the release of a new 50th anniversary limited-edition Lake Michigan Shore 2018 Meritage, a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot, and 15% Petit Verdot, with aromas of blackberry and black cherry with a hint of oak and cocoa powder. This is a big wine with bold tannins and a long finish. This limited-edition release will be available at Tabor Hill locations, and on their online shop for Vineyard Premier members only.

“Tabor Hill has a storied history that includes many wine awards, fans like legendary comedian Bob Hope, and served at least five times at the White House beginning with President Gerald Ford’s tenure,” said Matt Moersch, CEO of Moersch Hospitality Group, which owns Tabor Hill, Round Barn and Free Run Cellars that collectively represent Michigan’s fourth largest winery. “This 50th anniversary celebration honors that legacy, our reputation as a must-stop destination in southwest Michigan’s wine region, and our passion for creating unique varietals appreciated by wine lovers everywhere.”

Tabor Hill’s five decades in the winemaking business began in 1970, when it became the first new licensed winery in Michigan since the state’s 1933 repeal of Prohibition. Construction soon began on the chateau-style winery and tasting room building that remains a focal point of Tabor Hill today. Visionary leadership turned the winery into an anchor of the Lake Michigan Shore American Viticultural Area (AVA) and also played a major role in building the Michigan wine industry into a major economic driver for the state.

The Moersch family’s involvement dates back to 1979, when local high school biology teacher Rick Moersch was hired part-time to help in Tabor Hill’s winery lab. Moersch soon began managing lab operations full-time, purchased a 28-acre farm with his wife Sherrie to grow and sell grapes to Tabor Hill, and became head winemaker and general manager in 1982.

Over the years, Tabor Hill has seen the addition of a fine dining restaurant that showcases the winery’s work through wine pairings, expansion and remodeling of the original building, and construction of a larger production facility and warehouse to accommodate ongoing growth. Today, the winery continues to carry on the legacy while producing more than 60,000 cases of wine annually, signature dining events throughout the year, a beautiful wedding and special event venue at our award-winning Estate Tent which opened in 2018 with accommodations for up to 220 guests. New in 2020 Mt. Tabor Trails was introduced, which include over 3.5 miles of hiking trails connecting Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant with sister property Round Barn Estate.

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