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Sip Your Way through West Michigan’s Wine Country

Ask any local wine aficionado, and every one will have their own favorite “fun fact” about Michigan wine: how the “lake effect” creates an ideal growing temperature, how we sit at the same latitude as some of Europe’s most renowned wine-growing regions, or that Michigan is one of the few locations able to make true ice wine. 

The truth is, there’s a limitless amount of things to love about the wine found in West Michigan! Explore some of our insider info below, and use your favorites to plan your next wine tour through the area!

 


12 Corners Vineyards, Benton Harbor

Imagine starting a vineyard with your best friends: that’s just how 12 Corners came to be!

Their tasting room is a great place to enjoy their wine, and you should check out their wine club if you live locally for perks including 20% off wine and special access to “Wine Club Appreciation Events.”


45 North Vineyard & Winery, Lake Leelanau

45 North’s name comes from their location: the 45th parallel runs directly through their vineyard on Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula.

Check out their Vineyard Trail by bike, skis, or on foot to explore a 3-mile loop (with shortcuts along the way if you’re looking for a lighter excursion) before or after your wine tasting.


1918 Cellars, Charlevoix

Drinking wine at a castle? We’re in! 1918 Cellars is located in the breathtaking grounds of Castle Farms, and you’re sure to find something you like with their 12 varieties of reds, whites, and hard ciders.

While you’re in the area, check out more great wineries in the Charlevoix area


Baroda Founders Wine Cellar, Baroda

Nothing says “Summer in West Michigan” more than the taste of s’mores over a campfire, and Baroda Founders has captured that taste in one of their wines!

Their Smorleaux dessert wine features a subtle milk chocolate flavor touched with a hint of marshmallow, which leads into full-bodied, slightly sweet Merlot characteristics.


Black Star Farms, Traverse City

Black Star Farms Old Mission sits just off scenic M-37, only minutes from downtown Traverse City.

The tasting room boasts a round bar constructed from wine barrels and a cozy fireplace in a farmstead setting, where the friendly and knowledgeable staff will guide you through a tasting from a selection of over 45 award-winning wines, cider, and brandies.


Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay

Treat your taste buds during Michigan Wine month at Black Star Farms with their May Arcturos Wine Dinner.

The four-course menu is inspired by forest mushrooms, and each course is perfectly paired with a Black Star Farms fine wine.


Bonobo Winery, Traverse City

Ever heard of a “Bonobo” before?

Bonobo great apes are some of the world’s most social creatures, and Bonobo Winery strives to be a social gathering place where people can kick back and relax, enjoy some amazing wine, and see the spectacular scenery in the heart of Old Mission Peninsula.

Bonobo Winery supports the work and efforts of the Bonobo Conservancy.


Boyne Valley Vineyards, Petoskey

Looking for the perfect way to spend a Saturday in Northern Michigan?

Head to Boyne Valley Vineyards for the sweet sounds of live music every Saturday, perfect for enjoying while sampling wines in the tasting room or outside on the patio or lawn while taking in the views and listening to music with friends.


Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, Traverse City

If you want a spectacular view to go along with your wine, Brys Estate features a newly expanded “Upper Deck.”

The deck sits elevated above the vineyard itself and allows you to take in views of the vineyard and East Grand Traverse Bay while enjoying Tasting Towers, glasses of wine, and cheese & charcuterie boards.


Chateau Grand Traverse, Traverse City

If you’re not ready to head home after your wine tasting, the Inn at Chateau Grand Traverse is located next to the winery on beautiful Old Mission Peninsula, and caters exclusively to an adult-only clientele.

Nestled in a tranquil wooded setting, unwind at the end of the day with a complimentary bottle of Chateau Grand Traverse wine while enjoying some of the best panoramic views of Grand Traverse Bay from your own private balcony.


Cogdal Vineyards, South Haven

Cogdal Vineyards boasts an artfully-crafted and inviting tasting room just a half-mile from the shores of Lake Michigan.

You’ll find fun and eclectic wines here, like “North Beach” (a sweet white), “South Beach” (a sweet red), and even Maple Wine!


Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Kentwood

Cooper’s Hawk is built upon the passionate belief that food and wine hold the power to forge lasting connections. They travel the globe looking for the very best grapes and work with the wine growers to craft their wine, which has led to hundreds of national and international awards for their collection.

Every dish on their menu is listed with information to guide you to the perfect wine pairing.


Crane’s Pie Pantry, Fennville

Crane’s really does have it all!

If their wine tastings and pie flights leave you hungry for more, check out their Cinco de Mayo wine pairing dinner on May 5th for a food and wine fiesta.


Dablon Vineyards, Baroda

Dablon Vineyards’ name pays tribute to Claude Dablon, a French explorer and Jesuit priest who was one of the first Europeans to arrive in Michigan in the 1600s.

History describes Father Dablon making wine from grapes he found in the New World, and Dablon Vineyards works today to marry European varietals with the unique terroir in Southwest Michigan to make extraordinary wine.


Fenn Valley Vineyards, Fennville

Fenn Valley offers plenty of good reasons to visit their vineyards, with educational wine tasting tours, annual events and cook-outs, live music, and more.

If you’re picking up wine to take home, you can even check out a collection of recipes to make at home, with recommended Fenn Valley wine pairings.


The Fox Barn Market & Winery, Shelby

Located in a large antique barn, Fox Barn Winery is a great place to grab a seat on the patio and enjoy snacks and wine by the glass.

You can even shop their market for unique wine gifts or local food products!


Free Run Cellars, Berrien Springs

Free Run Cellars was designed as a haven for wine experts and novices alike. Lush vineyards beckon those drawn to nature’s allure, while an intimate setting invites guests into an atmosphere designed for indulgence.

They are proud to offer small-batch wines and seasonal fare you won’t find anywhere else. 


Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme

Grand Traverse Resort is going all-out for Traverse Wine Coast Weekend from May 21st through 23rd.

Enjoy a wine & cheese welcome reception and a Traverse City Wine Coast Dinner with your stay, get 20% off your Traverse Wine Coast glass or bottle purchases, and enjoy more wine-themed specials.


Greater Lansing Area Wineries

Do you like wine AND free stuff?

Pick up a Makers & Shakers Pamphlet in Greater Lansing, and collect at least 12 stamps by visiting different locations to get a free commemorative gift! The Makers & Shakers Trail is the ultimate guide to the area’s beer, wine, and spirits.


Hawthorne Vineyards, Traverse City

Even though the Hawthorne Vineyards tasting room location on a high bluff overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay is among the closest to Traverse City, it’s also arguably the most secluded Old Mission Peninsula tasting room site.

Become part of the family with their Wine Club, which will ship six bottles of wine right to your door twice each year.


Hickory Creek Winery, Buchanan

Hickory Creek offers a variety of ways to sample their wines, whether you want to do a guided tasting at their indoor bar, or grab a wine flight and enjoy it outdoors.

If you can’t make it out to Hickory Creek, they offer flight kits that can be shipped to your home (Michigan, Illinois, Indiana only), and they will host a virtual tasting with you via Zoom.


Hudsonville Winery, Hudsonville

Along with white, red, and dessert wines, you’ll also find frozen wine slushies at Hudsonville Winery!

Available in a variety of fruit flavors (watermelon, raspberry, bramble berry, peach), these wine slushies are the perfect way to keep cool on a summer afternoon.

Bonus: You’ll find Pike 51 Brewing Co. at the same location to keep your beer-drinking friends happy as well!


Lawton Ridge Winery, Kalamazoo

Located inside a former 1930s diner, Lawton Ridge Winery has been growing their own grapes since 1974.

They focus on well balanced, food-friendly wines, including seasonal favorites like their “Just Peachy” and “Two-Handed Red.”


Leelanau Cellars, Omena

If you’re looking for a brand new kind of wine tasting, check out Leelanau Cellars’ “Bubbly on the Bay” experience.

This one-of-a-kind, kayaking, canned-wine tour is the ultimate Northern Michigan adventure.

They also have a great Instagram page, full of wine and witticisms.


Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail

If your ideal weekend consists of visiting winery after winery with great views and even better wines, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail is made for you!

They’ve got the info for you to self-tour through 20+ wineries on the Leelanau Peninsula, as well as fun events to check out throughout the season.

First up: Rosé All May


Left Foot Charley Wine & Cider, Traverse City

Located in the former Northern Michigan Asylum in Traverse City, Left Foot Charley’s non-traditional setting pairs perfectly with the atypical fruit sourcing and old-style winemaking that defines LFC.

Stop by to enjoy a tasting flight or wine and cider by the glass on the outdoor patio, or step inside to explore a unique piece of area history.


Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, Petoskey

America’s first maple winery, Maple Moon ferments the natural sugars found in maple syrup to make their wine (so there’s no grapes involved).

Visit Maple Moon for a free tour to learn how pure maple syrup is made, and check out all of their other maple-themed goodies.


McIntosh Cellars, South Haven

Want to enjoy the scenery and refreshing fruit wine or cider? McIntosh Cellars is a winery where you can make that a reality.

We especially recommend sampling their white cranberry or apple cinnamon wines!


Michigan Wine Company, Fennville

Located less than a mile from the shore of Lake Michigan in Fennville, the Michigan Wine Company is prepared to keep you stocked up on local wine with their new Michigan Wine Club!

Join the club for two shipments of wine annually, complimentary drinks and tastings, member discounts, and more.


Modales Wines, Fennville

Modales Wines is home to two wine labels: Modales and Ooba. Modales offers offers estate-grown bottles of elegant red and white wines, whereas Ooba is “Modales’ mischievous little sister.”

With Ooba, you’ll find fruity, lightly effervescent wines which comes in growlers or cans (perfect for taking on the go!).


Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail, Traverse City

You’ll find more than just wine on Old Mission Peninsula, but the wine is definitely one of our favorite parts of visiting! The Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail is the perfect way to explore the area, whether you choose to visit one, or all ten wineries.

Make your way to the northernmost point of the peninsula to visit Mission Point Lighthouse for a stunning view! 


Peninsula Cellars, Traverse City

Located inside the old Maple Grove Schoolhouse, Peninsula Cellars stays true to its roots with wines including “Detention,” “Homework,” and “Pop Quiz.”

It’s definitely worth a trip back to the classroom to enjoy these schoolhouse experiences!


Petoskey Wine Region

Curious why the Petoskey Area wine offers tastes you won’t find anywhere else? It’s because the grapes here are a special cold-hardy variety!

Explore the Petoskey Wine Region to visit 14 unique wineries located along the Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan coastal region.


Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery, Grand Rapids

Robinette’s makes more than 20 varieties of wine and cider, with Passionate Peach Spumante and Chocolate Wine being their most popular!

Stop by any time during May (Michigan Wine Month) for half-off your wine tasting.


Round Barn Estate, Baroda

The warmer weather makes this the perfect time to check out the new Vineyard Commons at Round Barn!

Located outdoors, this is a walk-up bar where you can order drinks or tastings to enjoy while listening to live music. We’ll “cheers” to that!


Round Barn Filling Station, Coloma

Located in a vintage service station just off of I-94, Exit 39 in Coloma, the Round Barn Filling Station is the perfect stop for a quick bite, paired with Michigan favorites – beer, wine, spirits, and sangria!

They offer soup and deli sandwiches, available for lunch or dinner.


Round Barn Tasting Room, Union Pier

Calling all teachers: Round Barn is showing their appreciation for all that you do with 15% off packaged wine, beer, and merchandise at all of their locations this summer!

All you have to do is sign up for the Teacher’s Hall Pass (and check out all the other perks that come with your pass!).


Shady Lane Cellars, Suttons Bay

Taste Wine in A Charming Chicken Coop.” Still not sold? Shady Lane Cellars’ tasting room is located inside a 100-year-old fieldstone chicken coop, which has been renovated and transformed into an elegant tasting room.

If you prefer to enjoy your wine outdoors, they also have a 32-foot covered tasting pavilion.


South Haven Wineries

Wine tasting opportunities abound in South Haven and nearby, where you can sample the goods created by local vintners.

You can follow the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail to explore Southwest Michigan wineries or arrange a guided wine tour by bike or by private car or coach


St. Julian Winery, Paw Paw

When a winery has over 100 years of experience, you know that you’ll be enjoying a quality beverage! St. Julian is celebrating 100 years of winemaking this season, with some special wine releases and events planned for later in the season that you won’t want to miss.

You’ll also find St. Julian locations in Union Pier and Rockford.


Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant, Buchanan

West Michigan is full of scenic hikes, as well as great wine. Tabor Hill offers the perfect combination of these with their Mt. Tabor Trails, which connect from Tabor Hill to Round Barn Estate.

The best part of these trails: taking your favorite beverage to-go is encouraged!


Tabor Hill Winery Tasting Room, Bridgman

Located just off of I-94, the Tabor Hill Tasting Room is perfect for a quick stop or an extended stay in the area.

You’ll find the same great tasting experience as the main winery, plus select wines from Round Barn Winery and Free Run Cellars. 


Torch Lake Cellars, Bellaire

Torch Lake Cellars is focused on giving you a memorable experience when you visit: enjoy panoramic views of Torch Lake and Lake Bellaire, relax in the shade, or even play a game of ping-pong out back with the kids.

All while enjoying their award-winning selection of wines!


Traverse City Area Wineries

Celebrate Michigan Wine Month this May during Traverse City Uncorked: a month-long event designed to take you on a self-guided tour of 40+ area wineries.

Download the digital passport to help you discover new wines and win exciting prizes along the way.


Vineyard 2121, Benton Harbor

With an expanded outdoor seating area overlooking the vineyard and plenty of live music, Vineyard 2121 is a great place to get away and relax.

Try one of their tasting flights to sample four pours from their extensive list of wines, ciders, beer, and even alcoholic slushies! Your flight comes with a souvenir glass and $5 off a purchase of two or more bottles.


Walloon Lake Inn, Walloon Lake

If you want to be “in-the-know” in the village of Walloon Lake, learn about what makes the “17s” special: they were extraordinary boats first built in 1934 with 17-meter sails which launched a golden age of sailing for Walloon Lake.

The 17s are now synonymous with Walloon Lake, to the degree that Walloon Lake Inn even offers an exclusive “17” Pinot Noir which embodies the sailing experience on a 17: smooth, fair winds, and an award-winning ethos.