WEEKAWAY: Southwest Michigan's Wine Country

While northern California is often considered the nation’s wine country, you do not have to travel to the West Coast to enjoy world-class wine tasting and vineyard tours. Southwest Michigan has a wine country of its own, which is emerging as an essential part of the culture in the region.

Prime vineyard real estate

Coastal temperatures and nutrient-rich soul provide perfect real estate for wine production not unlike the rolling hills of Napa. With about one dozen wineries within a close drive to Harbor Shores, wine lovers with all tastes can find whites, reds and even roses produced in small batches showcasing the extraordinary grapes of the region.

Local wineries and vineyards

Many of the 12 wineries in southwest Michigan offer cellar and vineyard tours accompanied by tastings and dining in their tasting rooms. Mid-September brings the beginning of the harvest season, which is an excellent time to see the behind-the-scenes process of transforming grapes to complex, delicious wines.

Winery events and attractions

Before you plan your wine tasting weekend, you should contact wineries in the area to explore special events, including culinary festivals, wine tasting courses, live music and cooking classes. The end of summer is an excellent time to tour Michigan’s wine scene, as the weather is perfect for outdoor events and vineyard tours.

When you vacation in Harbor Shores and discover the delightful, quaint wineries surrounding the community, you may be tempted to make Harbor Shores your new home. To explore the vacation homes and newly built residences in the quiet Harbor Shores area or simply start planning your winery getaway, call 269-932-1600. 

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