In Michigan, our wine industry contributes $5.4 billion to the state’s economy. This growing business helps create jobs, increase tourism, preserve agricultural land, and much more. Help us celebrate Michigan’s growing wine industry by visiting various wineries and taking wine excursions all around our beautiful state this summer.
Michigan is home to almost 3,000 acres of wine grape vineyards, over 140 wineries, and five American Viticultural Areas – which are federally designated wine grape growing regions. With so many wineries to visit, it can be overwhelming to choose which one to visit next. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:
- Fenn Valley Vineyards – Fennville
- Lemon Creek Winery – Berrien Springs
- Chateau Chantal – Traverse City
- Bluestone Vineyards – Leelanau
- Sandhill Crane Vineyards – Jackson
Looking for a unique wine experience? Check out these wine trails and tours:
- Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail: This small peninsula is made up of 24 wineries, divided up into three mini-trails for easy touring – the Sleeping Bear Loop, the Northern Loop, and the Grand Traverse Bay Loop. Each offer a unique experience with breathtaking views and relaxed atmospheres, perfect for sipping wine.
- Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP): Wine enthusiasts from all over the world have recognized WOMP as premier wine-tasting area comprised of nine wineries. Whether it’s a quick day trip or stretched out over the weekend, you’re sure to enjoy all this peninsula has to offer.
- Thumbs Up Wine Trail: With some of these wineries still fairly new to the Michigan wine scene, be a pioneer of sorts when you visit 12 different wineries along Michigan’s southeast coastline.
- Grand Rapids Wine Tour: With just a short drive north or south of the city, you can find many vineyards perfect for a quick tour. Because there are so many to choose from, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to fit them all into one weekend but pick an area to start and work from there!
- West Michigan Wine & Beer Trail: Extending from Holland to Ludington and east to Grand Rapids, there are plenty of wineries to explore. This region is known as the Fruit Ridge, which is perfect for growing grapes.
- Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail: Take a trip to the southwest side of our state to visit the 20 wineries ready to share their love of wine with you, all within a few miles of each other.
- Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail: From Lansing to Adrian, savor the experience at seven remarkable wineries located in these quaint Michigan towns filled with history.
- The Bay View Wine Trail: As part of the Tip of the Mitt American Viticultural Area, the Bay View Wine Trail spans across Alpena, Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Presque Isle counties. It’s made up of 10 wineries which offer a unique type of grape and wine variety.
For more summer trip ideas, visit the Your Neighborhood tab on Empowering Michigan and always remember to drink responsibly!