Wineries in SW Michigan's Lake
Wineries Distilleries Brew Pubs
France is fine, California is cool, but if
you want great wines, you can find them right in your own
backyard. Lake Chapin Shores is located in the American Vitacultural
Area (AVA) of Southwest Michigan that boasts nearly a dozen
wineries and 10,000 acres of grape vineyards among rolling
hills and inland waters. Heres a sampling of some of
the local wineries who offer tastings and tours. Some even
have "pick your own" fruits and berries. You can
all on the official Lake
Michigan Shore Wine Trail map. And if you look
closely, you'll be able to point out the location of your new
lakefront home in Southwest Michigan
on the map to your friends.
One of our favorites, and not just because
it's one of the closest, is
The Round Barn Winery
in Baroda (800-716-WINE). We love its
relaxed atmosphere, great people, and especially the round
barn. They've recently upgraded all the grounds, walkways and
ample parking areas and added more outdoor seating overlooking
the vineyards. They even have a couple sets of "bags", the
popular beanbag tossing game, to enjoy while sipping some of
their wines, hand crafted beers or their increasingly popular
Divine vodka out on the grass next to the beer tasting
building. All this while some of the best live music (as rated by
'boomers' and the younger generation alike) plays in the
background every Saturday & Sunday all summer long. If you only have time for one stop to a local
winery, this is the one!
Be sure to check out their recently opened Round Barn Public House at 9151 1st Street in downtown Baroda, where they serve all of their brews on tap, featuring a delicious food menu there.
Some of our other favorite local wineries include:
Lemon Creek Winery & Fruit Farm,
Berrien Springs, 269-471-1321
Lemon Creek Winery presents their annual Wine & Art Festival every Memorial Day Weekend. Each fall, Lemon Creek holds its Annual Harvest Festival. Lemon Creek Winery is located at 533 E. Lemon Creek Rd. Berrien Springs. Exhibits open at 12:00 p.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Check their site for info.
Contessa Wine Cellar, Coloma, 269-468-5534
Berrien Cellars & Winery,
Berrien Springs, 269-473-WINE
Fenn Valley Vineyard &
Wine Cellar, Baroda,
Free Run Cellars, Union Pier, 269-469-9443
The newest winery to call southwest Michigan home is Gravity. It is located in the town of Baroda, less than 15 minutes from Lake Chapin Shores. Gravity describes itself as follows: 'We do our tastings a little different. Our wines are served by the flight and each wine is paired with either gourmet chocolate or cheese. We have lots of seating indoors and outdoors overlooking the lake and vineyards for you to enjoy this unique experience!'
Hickory Creek Winery, Buchanan
Vista Vineyards & Winery,
St. Julian Winery, Paw Paw, 800-732-6002
Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant, Buchanan,
Warner Vineyards Winery,
Paw Paw, 800-756-5357
The Journeyman Distillery is also new and is located in the town of Three Oaks. 269-820-2050. They offer handcrafted artisan spirits with a focus on whiskey. A light, eclectic and preservative-free menu is available in the tasting room. Check the website for information on upcoming events including live entertainment and art fairs.
The Tapistry Brewing (269) 266-7349 - Another one of our favorite spots, Tapistry was recently opened in the town of Bridgman at 4236 Lake Street. All 20 incredibly tasty brews are handcrafted on site and are all available on tap at the bar or at table service, including a delicious menu. When you pick out your favorites you can bring some home in their collectible growlers. There is a spacious beer garden outside with cornhole/bags games and a great mix of music, both indoors and out... all from 11am to 11pm seven days a week. These are serious craft beer brewers with mad skills and we highly recommend a visit next time you come through Bridgman!
Round Barn Public House at 9151 1st Street in downtown Baroda, where they serve all of their brews on tap, have growlers and bottles to go and feature a delicious food menu there.
For a really fun time with a small or large group, consider
taking one of the
Fruitful Vine Tours
(269-978-8777) for fun, expertly guided tours of wine country.
Fruitful Vine is the first and only official winery tour
operator in Southwest Michigan. They have "Hop On" tours or
you can reserve and rent an entire deluxe 14 passenger Limo-Coach with
room to stand. Leave the driving to them and the fun times to
There are also regular limo services available in the area,
Limousine & Sedan (866-925-4667).
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