Wine regions of Michigan are represented by five organizations known as “wine trails.” They are: Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail, Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula, Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association and the Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail. Wineries along the wine trails cooperate in hosting annual celebrations and also feature their own special activities throughout the year, including opportunities for making your own wine. In addition, there are many independent wineries across the state.
In recognition of Michigan Wine Month:
The award-winning Chateau Chantal winery on the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City offers international cooking classes as well as tours and B & B packages. You don’t have to be a lodging guest to sign up for a class.
Visit the Fenn Valley Winery in Fennville, northeast of Saugatuck, for a look behind the scenes of some of the newest wines that work with selected foods.
Also in Fennville be sure to reserve a seat for the Salt of the Earth Dinner Series April 20 and May 11. The five-course dinners feature three Michigan wineries and two breweries.
The Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail will host its Michigan Wine Celebration on April 9-10 with eight participating wineries. Each winery on the trail will offer an appetizer or dessert paired with their featured wine.
On April 15-16, staged in Novi at the Suburban Collection Showplace (formerly Rock Financial Showplace), the Michigan International Wine Expo is a unique fine wine and tasting experience. Enjoy wine tasting and seminars along with light hors d'oeuvres from the area's premier restaurants.
Spring Sip & Savor with the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association, April 30 and May 1. This wine trail event kicks off the season with a brunch-themed wine and food pairing at each of the 18 wineries on the trail. Lodging and event packages are available.