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Wineries in SW Michigan Lake Home Country

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. Here’s a sampling of some of the local wineries who offer tastings and tours. Some even have "pick your own" fruits and berries. You can find them 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 Southwest Michigan lakefront home in 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 minutes from your Michigan vacation home, 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
Domaine Berrien Cellars & Winery
,
Berrien Springs, 269-473-WINE
Fenn Valley Vineyard & Wine Cellar, Fennville, 800-432-6265
Founders Wine Cellar, Baroda, 269-426-5222
Free Run Cellars,
Union Pier, 269-469-9443
Gravity, Baroda, 269-471-WINE
The newest winery around the corner from your Michigan vacation 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 269-422-1100
Karma Vista Vineyards & Winery,
Coloma 269-468-WINE
St. Julian Winery,
Paw Paw, 800-732-6002
Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant,
Buchanan, 800-283-3363
Warner Vineyards Winery,
Paw Paw, 800-756-5357

Distilleries:

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.

Brew Pubs:

Tapistry Brewing Bridgman MITapistry 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 trip to your Michigan lake home as you pass through 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.


Winery Tours:  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 yourselves!

 

There are also regular limo services available in the area, including Leisure Limousine & Sedan (866-925-4667).

 

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