Michigan’s Pioneer Wine Trail
The wineries that surround Jackson form the heart of the region’s Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail, which stretches from Adrian in the south to Haslett in the north.
The Pioneer Wine Trail unites the wineries of the region. There are annual Wine Trail festivities including; Michigan Wine Celebration in April (April is Michigan Wine Month), Summer Solstice Wine Release Party in June and Wine Days of Summer in August. There is also a rich variety of individual winery events throughout the year that showcase local flavor and culture.
Making a name for Michigan
Southeast Michigan wines have come a long way, and today’s offerings reflect both the latest techniques and hands-on care. These exceptional wines are the product of well-established vines that have enjoyed years of Michigan’s unique climate and soil. Wines produced in Southeast Michigan are treasures waiting to be found.
A taste of history
Settlers in the early 19th century quickly discovered the value of Southeast Michigan’s fertile soil. By the early 1900s, eight wineries stretching toward Lake Erie already flourished. After the end of Prohibition, sweet wines made from Concord grapes grown in Southwest Michigan fueled the state’s wine industry. Yet when American tastes turned to drier wines in the 1960's, Michigan wineries suffered, and only one winery existing before 1950 survived the shift.
Michigan wineries evolved, however, and the industry was soon rebuilt on a solid foundation of desirable grape varieties and dedicated winemakers. Today, Michigan wines are winning both national and international awards. France and Germany are on the same latitude as Michigan, making our similar climates great for growing similar grapes. Michigan is ranked 4th in the nation for grape growing with over 14,600 acres of vineyards. Michigan also ranks 13th in wine production in the nation with over 81 commercial wineries that produce over 1 million gallons of wine annually. To experience all that this region has to offer, take our wine tour.
Wineries on the Trail
Chateau Aeronautique Winery was founded on the ideals of creating fine wines from Michigan grapes and offering those wines for tasting in a beautiful, relaxing setting. The theme of the... » More Information
Chateau Aeronautique Winery was founded on the ideals of creating fine wines from Michigan grapes and offering those wines for tasting in a beautiful, relaxing setting. The theme of the Chateau Aeronautique Winery is the airpark lifestyle: grass roots aviation, flying, vintage airplanes, and living in a home with hangar on a grass runway surrounded by forests. The model for the winery is the chateau wineries of Bordeaux and Burgundy in France. The reason for the Winery is a passion for viniculture, the aromas of the Winery, the mystique of the Wine Cellar, and the pleasures of the Tasting Room.
*Coming Soon to the Irish Hills: a Second Chateau Aeronautique Winery Tasting Room! Please check ChateauAeronautiqueWinery.com or call 517-569-2132 for more information.*
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Located in a Historic 1870 Schoolhouse, this is one stop you don't want to miss! Come and taste their Award Winning Wines at the knotty pine bar. (Cherry Creek Winery'... » More Information
Located in a Historic 1870 Schoolhouse, this is one stop you don't want to miss! Come and taste their Award Winning Wines at the knotty pine bar. (Cherry Creek Winery's 2003 Proprietors Reserve Montage was once served to First Lady Michielle Obama.) Sample Cherry Creek's freshly made Butter Fudge, or taste their Michigan Cherry Preserves. Sample gourmet items like fresh pressed Artisan Olive Oil or 18 year old Balsamic Vinegar from Modena Italy, all bottled on site for you. Shop our many fine Michigan products and wine gifts, and even create that special Gift Basket.
In the summertime have a glass of wine while you enjoy our appetizers overlooking the vineyards or listening to our weekend entertainment. Come visit our family at the friendly winery.......Cherry Creek!
As a rule, all visitors under the age of 12 are required to ring the 142 year old school bell ONCE before their parents will be served.
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Cherry Creek's oldest vineyard is at the Parma I-94 location and consists of 500 Pinot Noir 777 clones on a gentle south facing slope. Although Jackson County experiences more extreme winters... » More Information
Cherry Creek's oldest vineyard is at the Parma I-94 location and consists of 500 Pinot Noir 777 clones on a gentle south facing slope. Although Jackson County experiences more extreme winters than some other parts of the state, the Southeastern Michigan region's warm summer days and cool nights are ideal for ripening premium wine grapes. The prediction is that this area will surprise many people in the near future with our Big Reds and Fruity Whites. Cherry Creek strongly believes in Buy Local and use only grapes and fruits from Michigan vineyards.
It is located just off of I-94 at Exit 127, 2 miles west of Parma, Michigan.
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Come visit Southeast Michigan's oldest and largest commercial vineyard.This is the place to buy L.O.V.E. by the bottle. L.O.V.E. wines are estate... » More Information
Come visit Southeast Michigan's oldest and largest commercial vineyard.This is the place to buy L.O.V.E. by the bottle. L.O.V.E. wines are estate grown, meaning they are made from the grapes grown on-site. Lone Oak grows 12 grape varieties on 23 acres dominated by steep, south-facing hillsides. Throughout the year make reservations for Lone Oak’s Saturday Night Candlelight Dinner Concert Series or just stop in for a tasting.
Now Open, Tootsie's Brewery at Lone Oak Vineyard Estate adding craft beers on tap to taste at this established vineyard. Named after owner Kip's mother, the addition of Tootsie's makes it a perfect stop for Michigan craft beer enthusiasts as well.
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Winner of the 2014 Jackson Magazine Reader's Choice for Best Winery Sandhill Crane Vineyards is an award-winning winery and tasting room featuring a wide range of wines made onsite using... » More Information
Winner of the 2014 Jackson Magazine Reader's Choice for Best Winery
Sandhill Crane Vineyards is an award-winning winery and tasting room featuring a wide range of wines made onsite using only local ingredients.
The new café at Sandhill Crane Vineyards features farm-to-table comfort food – soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. Many of the foods are locally sourced from area farms and food producers. Open for lunch Mon-Sat 11-6 and Sun 12-6. The café is open late on Thursday nights for “Thirsty Thursdays” from 6 to 9 pm with live music and an extended menu.
The beautiful new banquet room at Sandhill Crane Vineyards features high ceilings, lots of light, and a beautiful copper-topped bar. We’d love to host your next party or meeting. The room will seat up to 72 with additional seating on the stage. The stage can also be used for a DJ, live music, presentation, or silent auction. The facility features estate-produced wines and on-site catering.
*In the summer be sure to check out the Dexter Cider Mill Tasting Room located in the Dexter Cider Mill at 3685 Central Street, DEXTER. Call 734-424-2760 for more information or click here.
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