How big is Jackson on wine? On top of wineries galore, we even named Vineyard Lake after the stuff. Drive along a country road and, at some point, there’s a good chance you’ll see grapes growing up and down the area’s rolling hills. Southeast Michigan wines can be spotted at restaurants, bars, party stores, and even breweries across the state — why not sample them right from the source?
Wineries are Always In-Season
Many popular wineries round out Jackson; all within a 20-minute drive of each other. Starting downtown, Grand River Brewery features an award-winning selection of their own wines, in addition to Sleeping Bear wines, a Michigan winery that partnered with the brewery. On the outskirts of town, Sandhill Crane Vineyards’ charming location and large deck overlook a sprawling vineyard, while the quaint tasting room at Chateau Aeronautique feels like a little trip to Europe. World-class grapes will treat your taste buds at Lone Oak Vineyard Estate and Brewery, the oldest and largest commercial vineyard in Southeast Michigan. Zip down to Brooklyn’s Cherry Creek Old School House and sample four generations of winemaking prestige inside a former schoolhouse built in 1870.
The Pioneer Wine Trail
The Pioneer Wine Trail features nine area wineries — four in Jackson, four in the Tecumseh-Adrian area, and one just outside Lansing. They partnered up to bring wine aficionados great wine at colorful events throughout the year, like a trail-wide chili cook-off, a summer art display and Valentine’s Day chocolate pairings. Many of the events feature tour buses, but you can always drive yourself. Have your camera ready, because you’ll pass all sorts of picturesque lakes, rolling hills and quaint towns along the way.
Art, Beer & Wine Festival
Over 40 local beverage vendors attend this can’t-miss shindig at Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson. Thousands of people (and counting) turn up at the Art, Beer & Wine Festival every year for an irresistible blend of wine, art and summer fun.