Though perhaps not as famous as the vineyards of California, the state of Michigan has a diverse wine country the spans the entire state. Michigan's vineyards offer many varieties of wine that will satisfy any palate. The state's lower peninsula, particularly the northern part of it, features a number of vineyards offering special activities to draw enthusiasts and visitors.
The Traverse City area is populated with wineries. The wineries of the Old Mission Peninsula will kick off the summer with “Divas Uncorked" on June 15. For a $25 admission, women (and you don’t have to be a diva) can visit the seven wineries on the peninsula and taste a wine selection paired with an appetizer from local restaurant chefs. A souvenir wine glass is included and the wineries feature giveaways from local businesses and artists. For more information visit www.wineriesofoldmission.com.
Jammin’ in the Vineyard
Beginning Memorial Day weekend through October, the Round Barn Winery on the Lake Michigan shore offers free entertainment every Saturday and Sunday afternoon in an open-air venue. Blues, reggae and many other music genres are featured, along with world-class wines and a selection of food. Check out www.roundbarnwinery.com for details.
Northern Lower Michigan is not the only spot in the state where there are vineyards. The Vino Coach is based in southwest Lower Michigan and is a tour bus that takes visitors to wineries in the area. What better way to enjoy a wine tour if you don’t have to drive? Each tour is limited to about 12 people, and a tour guide will help you explore local vintners. Wine tastings, guided cellar tours and other activities are featured. Go to www.fruitfulvinetours.com to learn more.
Cherry Country Group Shuttle Tours
Michigan is known for its cherry crop, much of which is grown in the northern part of Lower Michigan. Cherry Country Group Shuttle Tours will take you to the Leelanau Peninsula, home to 18 wineries and many wine festivals. Depending on when you book your tour, you may be able to attend art fairs and music festivals as well. A tour guide is on board to help customize your tour. Check out www.whydwi.com to plan your visit.
Summer Solstice Release Party
Detroit is known for the auto industry, not the wine industry. However, there are a number of wineries in the metro Detroit area comprising the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail. One of their summer events includes the Summer Solstice Release Party on June 23 and 24. The wineries on the trail offer new releases paired with culinary delights from local restaurants and chefs. This is a self-guided tour and more information is available at www.pioneerwinetrail.com/events.html.
You don’t have to travel to France or California to sample good wine. The Wolverine State can accommodate your wine tasting or tour needs at any time of the year.