4 Ways to Celebrate a Bountiful Harvest at Michigan Wineries
Fall is a magical season in Michigan. Our autumnal activities are so beloved that they often become a tradition as we return to the same sights and sounds that fill us with joy each year. Are you ready to embark on your next fall tradition? Michigan wineries across the state provide a number of ways to celebrate the harvest.
Read more on four ways to enjoy the fall season at Michigan wineries courtesy of guest blogger Jenelle Jagmin of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council.
Yes, grape stomping is still part of winemaking! If you are in northern Michigan, check out Harvest Festival that takes place at Chateau Chantal. In addition to grape stompin’, the festival also offers a Slurpin’ Seminar as well as a Distillation Seminar. Marie-Chantal Dalese describes it like this, “Our annual harvest fest is a terrific way to experience the grape harvest and fall colors on Old Mission Peninsula. We open our cellar doors and let guests see how we make wine while providing some fun and free experiences for visitors.”
Pappy’s Harvest Festival
Have you ever wondered what it is like to actually harvest the grapes from the vines? Sandhill Crane Vineyards in Jackson offers you the opportunity to do just that. Since the exact time of harvest is unpredictable, it is best to contact the winery to provide your contact information. They will reach out to you with the harvest date with a few days’ notice. If interested, contact Carolanne at 517-764-0679.
Race Through Vines
Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail will host The Harvest Stompede in September, which gives participants the opportunity to run, walk or watch the race in beautiful Leelanau wine country. The race is paired with a self-guided wine tour and includes a souvenir glass.
"The Harvest Stompede is such a fun and festive way to kick-off the fall harvest season. And if they don’t want to run or walk, they can just come for the tasting tour,” said Lorri Hathaway, executive director of the wine trail.
From the far reaches of the U.P. to the southern border counties of Michigan, wineries dapple our gorgeous fall landscape. Each one celebrates the harvest in its unique way! Find your local wineries at michiganwines.com & check out more events taking place around the state.