August 06, 2021

20 Michigan wineries worth a road trip

Sure, everyone might know California as a wine state, but who needs Napa Valley when you have the Upper Peninsula? From wines made from Michigan cherries to ice wines made from frozen grapes, Michigan’s wineries prove you don’t need to catch a flight to have a great wine experience. 

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Cherry Republic Winery
6026-C S. Lake St., Glen Arbor; 800-206-6949; cherryrepublic.com
Cherry Republic did not take the “cherry” in its name lightly. Founded in 1989, the company offers more than 200 cherry-based products including BBQ sauces, jellies, salsas, condiments, and of course, wine.
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Cherry Republic Winery

6026-C S. Lake St., Glen Arbor; 800-206-6949; cherryrepublic.com

Cherry Republic did not take the “cherry” in its name lightly. Founded in 1989, the company offers more than 200 cherry-based products including BBQ sauces, jellies, salsas, condiments, and of course, wine.

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Yooper Winery
915 48th Ave., Menominee; 906-864-9302; yooperwinery.com
Yooper Winery is located in that part of Michigan that might as well be Wisconsin. But don’t fret, this upper peninsula winery uses cold climate grapes and Northern Michigan grown fruit to make their wine. 
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Yooper Winery

915 48th Ave., Menominee; 906-864-9302; yooperwinery.com

Yooper Winery is located in that part of Michigan that might as well be Wisconsin. But don’t fret, this upper peninsula winery uses cold climate grapes and Northern Michigan grown fruit to make their wine.

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Mackinaw Trail Winery
3423 US-131, Petoskey; 231-487-1910; mackinawtrailwinery.com
This family-owned winery sits on 30 acres in Northern Michigan. While they offer your typical bottles of sauvignon blanc and chardonnay, they also make fruit flavored wines like strawberry rhubarb, blackberry, and raspberry.
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Mackinaw Trail Winery

3423 US-131, Petoskey; 231-487-1910; mackinawtrailwinery.com

This family-owned winery sits on 30 acres in Northern Michigan. While they offer your typical bottles of sauvignon blanc and chardonnay, they also make fruit flavored wines like strawberry rhubarb, blackberry, and raspberry.

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Tempo Vino Winery
260 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo; 269-342-9463; tempovinowinery.com
Tempo Vino Winery is located in downtown Kalamazoo with a wide variety of wines for tasting. The real gem? You can make your own bottle of wine here!
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Tempo Vino Winery

260 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo; 269-342-9463; tempovinowinery.com

Tempo Vino Winery is located in downtown Kalamazoo with a wide variety of wines for tasting. The real gem? You can make your own bottle of wine here!

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Northern Sun Winery
983 10th Rd., Bark River; 906-399-9212; northernsunwinery.com
All wine at this Northern Michigan winery is made from grapes grown on the estate and bottled there as well. This means with every visit, wine varieties might vary.
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Northern Sun Winery

983 10th Rd., Bark River; 906-399-9212; northernsunwinery.com

All wine at this Northern Michigan winery is made from grapes grown on the estate and bottled there as well. This means with every visit, wine varieties might vary.

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Aurora Cellars
7788 E. Horn Rd., Lake Leelanau; 231-994-3188; auroracellars.com
If you like red wine, this place is your place. Aurora Cellars highlights its cool climate red wines. Blaufrankisch, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot are harvested and barreled in small batches here.
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Aurora Cellars

7788 E. Horn Rd., Lake Leelanau; 231-994-3188; auroracellars.com

If you like red wine, this place is your place. Aurora Cellars highlights its cool climate red wines. Blaufrankisch, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot are harvested and barreled in small batches here.

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Peninsula Cellars
11480 Center Rd., Traverse City; 231-933-9787; peninsulacellars.com
The Peninsula Cellars tasting room is a converted one room schoolhouse in Traverse City. The outdoor patio overlooks the vineyard for a serene tasting experience.
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Peninsula Cellars

11480 Center Rd., Traverse City; 231-933-9787; peninsulacellars.com

The Peninsula Cellars tasting room is a converted one room schoolhouse in Traverse City. The outdoor patio overlooks the vineyard for a serene tasting experience.

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St. Julian Winery
127 S. Main St., Frankenmuth; 989-652-3281; stjulian.com
St. Julian Winery is the oldest winery in Michigan. While it has tasting locations all over the state (including in Troy), the Frankenmuth location is perfect for a quick getaway.
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St. Julian Winery

127 S. Main St., Frankenmuth; 989-652-3281; stjulian.com

St. Julian Winery is the oldest winery in Michigan. While it has tasting locations all over the state (including in Troy), the Frankenmuth location is perfect for a quick getaway.

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Leelanau Wine Cellars
5019 N. West Bay Shore Dr., Omena; 231-386-5201; lwc.wine
Whether you want to be classy with wine in a bottle or chill with wine in a can, Leelanau Wine Cellars offers both for each version of you. This tasting room sits right off the lake so you can sip your wine and enjoy views of the water.
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Leelanau Wine Cellars

5019 N. West Bay Shore Dr., Omena; 231-386-5201; lwc.wine

Whether you want to be classy with wine in a bottle or chill with wine in a can, Leelanau Wine Cellars offers both for each version of you. This tasting room sits right off the lake so you can sip your wine and enjoy views of the water.

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12 Corners Vineyards & Winery
1201 N. Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor; 269-927-1512; 12corners.com
12 Corners Vineyards was founded by a group of friends and with a 115-acre estate. Try any of their award-winning wines including Cabernet Franc or Pinot Grigio.
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12 Corners Vineyards & Winery

1201 N. Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor; 269-927-1512; 12corners.com

12 Corners Vineyards was founded by a group of friends and with a 115-acre estate. Try any of their award-winning wines including Cabernet Franc or Pinot Grigio.

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