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, uniting nine wineries.
Annual Pioneer Wine Trail events include Art Along the Trail in May (May is Michigan Wine Month), the Wine Trail Chili Challenge at the end of August, and the 13th annual Big Grape Bus Tour in November. 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 has 13,700 acres of vineyards making Michigan the fourth largest grape-growing state. Most of this acreage is devoted to juice grapes such as Concord and Niagara. About 2,850 acres are devoted to wine grapes, making Michigan the fifth state in wine grape production in the nation. To experience all that this region has to offer, take our wine tour. Motor coach tours & groups of 8 or more should make reservations at each winery at least 2 weeks before arrival
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 1870s schoolhouse, this is one stop you don't want to miss! Come and taste their Award Winning Wines at the knotty pine bar. Sample Cherry... » More Information
Located in a historic 1870s schoolhouse, this is one stop you don't want to miss! Come and taste their Award Winning Wines at the knotty pine bar.
Sample Cherry Creek's freshly made Butter Fudge, or taste their Michigan Cherry Preserves. Shop many fine Michigan products and wine gifts and even create that special Gift Basket.
Don't miss the new ciders and cafe menu year round! The Schoolhouse Cafe Menu includes soups, sandwiches, salads, paninis and more.
In the summertime have a glass of wine overlooking the vineyards or listening to the weekend entertainment. Come visit our family at the friendly winery.......Cherry Creek!
Did you know? Cherry Creek Winery's 2003 Proprietors Reserve Montage was once served to Former First Lady Michelle Obama.
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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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Sandhill Crane Vineyards is an award-winning winery and tasting room featuring a wide range of wines made onsite using only local ingredients. The café at Sandhill Crane Vineyards... » More Information
Sandhill Crane Vineyards is an award-winning winery and tasting room featuring a wide range of wines made onsite using only local ingredients.
The 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. The café is open late on Thursday nights for “Thirsty Thursdays” from 6 to 9 pm with live music and an extended menu.
Winner of the 2014 Jackson Magazine Reader's Choice for Best Winery
The beautiful 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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Firmly situated in the heart of historic Downtown Jackson, Michigan, Grand River Marketplace is home to Grand River Brewery, Winery, Distillery and Restaurant with a fun,... » More Information
Firmly situated in the heart of historic Downtown Jackson, Michigan, Grand River Marketplace is home to Grand River Brewery, Winery, Distillery and Restaurant with a fun, industrial, eclectic atmosphere, with a nod to the steampunk genre.
Be sure to check out the steampunk clock made by artist and winner of 2015 GSN's 'Steampunk'd' show, Steampunk Eddie.
The heart of the facility is a state of the art steam heated 15-barrel brewhouse, where our brewers take the utmost pride in constructing creative, honest, small batch, Ales, and Lagers. Grand River Brewery uses only choice Midwestern malted barley, along with the finest local Michigan hops. The result is solid, fresh, handcrafted ales, for those who truly enjoy, and appreciate a fine beer.
Locally sourced, gourmet foods are offered in the restaurant for lunch and dinner. Executive Chef, Corey Bieber, sources the freshest local and seasonably responsible ingredients, combining traditional and haute cooking techniques while executing a creative and modern take on classic pub fare.
Get your cans of the 2015 North American IPA of the Year Monkey Mouth!
Don't miss their award-winning wines and hard ciders too! Utilizing old world techniques, coupled with years of national and international experience, John Burtka and co. produce award winning wines and hard ciders that are celebrated here, and abroad. They use locally grown grapes for the wines and locally grown apples for the hard ciders. Wines are now released under the brand Sleeping Bear Wine.
MOTOR COACH & GROUP INFORMATION
Large groups are welcome! Bus parking available.
The Private Room seats up to 72 people and nearly 125 without tables or for cocktail style events. Interested in booking your event? Contact the event coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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