If you live in Ohio or Michigan, you have probably heard the Travel Michigan promotions on radio or TV and seen them on social media, too.  This wine blog will introduce you to some incredibly fun and friendly wineries in Southeastern Michigan.

 

Have you heard the saying, “You get what you give”?  Nearly all of the wineries I have ever visited have been fun … because I was looking for a place to have fun.  You get what you give!

If you’re ready for fun, I’m sure these Michigan wineries are ready for you.

 

Vintner’s Canton Winery, Canton, MI (4.2 Star Rating)

This winery is nestled in a shopping center … it sounded a little odd to me but once inside I was overwhelmed by the friendliness of everyone and totally forgot that they weren’t in the country.  They source great juices from around the world to make some amazing wines.  They have a great selection and can teach you to make your own wine as well.  This winery is worth weaving through the residential and industrial area to sit down and take a sip.  

https://www.vintnerscanton.com/, 8515 N Lilley Rd, Canton, MI 48187 

 

Pentamere Winery, Tecumseh, MI (4.0 Star Rating) 

This winery is in the downtown area of historic Tecumseh, MI.  Pentamere took a store in the middle of the block and opened up the main floor by literally removing the floor to reveal the vats and fermenters in the basement.  As with most wineries, several of the owners were on-site that day and as I asked questions, they took me to the basement so I could understand their answers more clearly while looking at their processing style.  

http://www.pentamerewinery.com/, 131 E Chicago Blvd, Tecumseh, MI 49286

 

Black Fire Winery, Tecumseh, MI (4.2 Star Rating) 

I drove about 5-miles northwest of Tecumseh, MI, and discovered Black Fire Winery.  Remember the saying, “Don’t judge a book by the cover”?  I have to admit that there were two things that shocked me when I arrived. First, there were a lot of cars in the parking lot jockeying for places to park (good sign) and second, it didn’t look like the image I had in my mind.  It didn’t look like a winery … but in all honesty, how many places in Ohio or Michigan really do?  Once inside, this place exploded into fun and friendly conversations. Also, of course, wine!  I just wasn’t expecting it to be this fun. The owner was a delight and always knew which wine to recommend no matter how someone defined their taste.  

http://www.blackfirewinery.com/, 1261 E Munger Rd, Tecumseh, MI 49286

 

Sandhill Crane Winery, Jackson, MI (3.5 Star Rating)

By guest writer, Melissa Whitlow:

Back in July, I asked Tom if he had ever been to Sandhill Crane Winery. Surprisingly, he said, “No.” One thing led to another and all of a sudden I had a fun little wine trip planned! I was so happy that Tom recommended this trip because I was able to visit a lot of the places he talked about in his blogs. When I went to Sandhill Crane, I was surprised at how big of a place it was. It sits right next to rows and rows of grapes and they had brats and burgers on the grill that you could order. It was a very casual and relaxing atmosphere with a retail store with about a wall and a half of wine to choose from. I was actually hoping for a tasting which they weren’t offering at the time. I did, however, enjoy a nice glass of white on a side deck that felt very secluded, even though there were plenty of people enjoying themselves at the front of the building. The staff were all very welcoming and it was a fun experience overall. Definitely check it out for yourself. 

https://www.sandhillcranevineyards.com/ 4724 Walz Rd, Jackson, MI 49201

 

Side note, you have to try this while in Jackson, MI:  While in the area, I encourage you to take a small break from the wineries and visit The Parlour of Jackson (4.8 Star-Rating)which is part of the Jackson Dairy.  You can get a meal, but your mind will be blown when you see a 24-scoop, hand dipped sundae walk past you in the hands of a happy family. 1401 Daniel Rd, Jackson, MI 49202

 

St. Julian Winery – Tasting Room, Dundee, MI (2.5 Star Rating)

In St. Julian’s defense, their Tasting Room is exactly as advertised … a tasting room.  This location is NOT a winery. I wanted it to be a winery so I could sit down and relax with a glass of wine.  My disappointing experience was my problem and not St. Julian’s.  The staff is friendly and they offer flights of wine hoping and expecting that it will lead to the purchase of a bottle or two.  This is a high traffic area across the street from Cabela’s, so they don’t have to depend on repeat business.  The wine is very good, so stop by and see what you think.

700 Freedom Ct, Dundee, MI 48131 

 

Did you know that Digital 55 has wine as an influence in its background?  We will tell that short story in the next Wine blog post.

 

Important:

As with previous posts, due to changes in operating conditions due to current situations, if you plan to visit any of these wineries, make sure you call ahead and double check the days and hours they are open.  

 

If you want to read more about local wineries check out our previous blog!