Raise your Glass to West Michigan Wineries!
When one thinks of wine, the vineyards of France and Napa Valley comes to mind. But in recent years, Michigan has joined California, Oregon, and Washington as being top producers of grapes. Michigan's cool climate region, along with sufficient water and nutrient rich soil, is the perfect recipe to grow quality grapes. From these grapes come delicious dry and semi-dry wines, sparkling wines, and dessert wines.
The major wine regions are along the Lake Michigan shoreline, from New Buffalo in the southwest, up through Saugatuck and into the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula in the north. Here in central western Michigan, we have four vineyards and wineries that are producing top quality wines.
Douglas Valley Organic Vineyard
Set upon land that was formerly a railroad station stop, Douglas Valley is an organic agricultural community on rolling hills that overlook Lake Michigan just outside Manistee. Their vision is to transform this 640-acre fruit farm into a new development that is environmentally friendly. They feature award-winning hard ciders and wines, and are open Monday-Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday Noon-5pm. Take M-22 north two miles from the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, turn right on Schoedel Rd and go 1.5 miles.
Jomagrha Vineyards and Winery
Pentwater is the location of this small winery, just one mile from Lake Michigan. They supplement their French hybrid plantings with harvests from the Leelanau Peninsula and other local vineyards. During the winter, their tasting room is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon-5pm. They are located 11 miles south of Ludington, just off US-31.
This fast-growing winery in Freesoil has seen production grow from 500 bottles to 5,000, featuring many varieties, including Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet. This husband-wife team bring a spirit of fun, passion, and love of winemaking to their work. Their tasting room is open by appointment November-April. They are located between Ludington and Manistee, just 1.5 miles off US-31 and Freesoil Road.
Tartan Hill Winery
Located in New Era, this winery has been in operation for 24 years, and they're known for producing wines that are made from a blend of different vintages. They are a relatively small operation and sell only at their winery and a few area stores. Tartan Hill Winery is open seven days a week from noon-5pm, and is located 30 miles south of Ludington. Take the New Era exit and travel 1.5 miles west on New Era/Stony Lake Road to 52nd Avenue.
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Northwest Michigan Area Wineries and Breweries – Several wineries give tours and have tasting rooms where customers can taste wines before they make a purchase. Each winery is different and features unique wines.
Wisconsin Area Wineries and Breweries – Eastern Wisconsin features an area conducive to the growing of wine grapes.
For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:
Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.