I love calling Southwest Michigan home for so many reasons. In addition to being located along the gorgeous shores of Lake Michigan, it's also one of five American Viticulture Areas in Michigan. The sloping terrain, mild temperatures and variety of soils make it the perfect location for growing grapes and other fruits that serve as the inspiration for a vast array of award winning wines. In fact, our growing season has been compared to noteworthy destinations such as Bordeaux, France and Piedmont, Italy.
With more than 20 wineries dotting the landscape along the Maker's Trail, you can easily enjoy an afternoon or an entire weekend with a glass in hand. In fact, I've lived here for over six years and still have yet to make it to all of our wineries. But fear not, I have done my fair share of sipping (all in the name of research of course) and am sharing my top picks for planning a tour along the Lake Michigan Wine Trail.
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Many of the wineries along The Lake Michigan Wine Trail are located close together and you can easily visit multiple stops in one day by car. However, if you don't want to worry about driving yourself, there are a number of great tour companies in the area who can customize an itinerary and provide transportation for you and a group of friends. A few I would suggest looking into are SWMI Brew Tours and Grape and Grain Tours.
7/18/2021 01:30:02 pm
Hi, I was trying to plan a girls weekend to wine tour in Michigan but I can’t figure out where you fly into or what are some good places to stay?
7/19/2021 09:24:49 am
If you're planning a wine trip to Southwest Michigan South Bend and Grand Rapids are both good places to fly into. Chicago is also only 2 hour drive away and would likely be cheaper flights. For places to stay in Southwest Michigan I always recommend Boulevard Inn or the Inn at Harbor Shores. There are also lots of great Air BnB properties in the Union Pier/New Buffalo area.
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