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Warner Vineyards 19 N. Whitaker Street, New Buffalo warnerwines.com Founded in 1938, Warner Vineyards is the second-oldest winery in Michigan, and its wines have been served at the White House and two Super Bowls. Sweet-wine lovers will like the red currant and the peach honey wines.
Sideways in MICHIGAN
The Napa Valley of the Midwest offers a wine-drenched weekend escape By Kerrie Kennedy Michigan might not be the first place you think of when it comes to great wine, but you might be surprised to learn that it’s the fifth largest state in wine grape production, with more than 2,600 acres devoted to wine grapes. Part of the reason is that Michigan’s unique soil and climate, similar to those of Austria, Germany and Burgundy, produces clean and crisp wines with impressive varietal character. There are more than 100 wineries throughout Michigan, but a good place to start is the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, also known as the Napa Valley of the Midwest, featuring more than 20 unique wineries and tasting rooms. While tours abound, you can just as easily hop in your car, and do your own. Here are some of the best:
10220 Lauer Road, Baroda gravitywine.com This relatively-new winery offers signature flight pairings, allowing you to sample four small glasses of wine, accompanied with cheese and crackers, in its 2,000-square-foot tasting room with oversized windows that look out into the vineyard.
St. Julian Winery 9145 Union Pier Road, Union Pier stjulian.com The largest producer of wine in the state—as well as the most awarded—, St. Julian, with its tagline, “Italian roots, Michigan soil,” annually produces 1.5 million gallons of wine, each of them a showcase of Michigan’s most abundant fruit.