Wickwood Inn Notebook wineries
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The vineyard
"Live each season as it passes, breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit,
and resign yourself to the influences of each."  
Henry David Thoreau

Springtime in the Vineyards

Spring is a fabulous time of year to watch the vineyards in action. The planting of new vines, pruning of the old, weeding, hustle and bustle is everywhere. And if you quietly listen you can actually hear the vines grow

Start in downtown Saugatuck at the Tasting Rooms of Fenn Valley and Tabor Hill or head right out to the Fenn Valley Winery and then follow the circle of the Wine Trail.

While you're out driving the country roads surrounded by fields of grapevines, and at the wineries, be sure to visit the Tasting Rooms at Fenn Valley Vineyards and Tabor Hill Winery in Saugatuck, Warner Vineyards and the Black Star Winery on Kalamazoo Street in Paw Paw, and further south The Round Barn and Lemon Creek Wineries in Baroda, and then swing by Coloma for Karma Vista and Contessa.

Tasting Rooms and Wineries are filled with Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. After dinner wine in the "Fruit Belt" also features dessert wines made of Raspberry, Peach, Blueberry, Blackberry, Apples, and Cherries.

Fenn Valley Winery

For thirty years, Fenn Valley, our local winery has been growing award (receiving over 300) winning wines.  They have a convenient Tasting Room in Saugatuck, but a visit to the winery is also a must!  Just 10 minutes away you can see the “wine” growing as you approach to take cellar tours, visit the tasting room, vineyard tours, or join the annual harvest activities of cookouts and picnics in the vineyard, The Harvest Winemaker’s Dinner, and The Nouveau  Festival celebrating the new wine.

The winemaker, Doug Welch crafts Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and a number of his own special blends – and dessert wines.

Fenn Valley Winery and Vineyards
122nd Avenue, Fennville

Warner Vineyards
Three generations of winemakers (boasting the second oldest winery in Michigan) show their expertise in the historical Wine Haus along Kalamazoo River.  These are some of the favorite Michigan wines and include Chardonnay Reserve, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Blush, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and dessert wines including Wild Wild Raspberry, Peach and Honey, and Blueberry 

Warner Vineyards
706 S. Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw
Open every day

Harvesting grapes

Tabor Hill Winery

The Tabor Hill Tasting Room has been in Saugatuck for 20 years and reflects Tabor Hill’s forty years of growing wine grapes with the French tradition of harvesting grapes and aging in oak.  Award winning Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Blanc de Blanc.  A visit to the winery and restaurant is just 30 minutes south of Saugatuck.

Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant
Mt. Tabor Road
Buchanan, Michigan

Aging the wine

Black Star Farms
Northern Michigan Black Star Farms Winery hosts a Tasting Room in Fennville. Don't miss it - their wines and dessert wines and eau de vies are very special.

Black Star Farms
Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw

   Picking grapes

   Crushing grapes

  Pressing grapes

   Bottling the wine

A News Note!  This spring,  Saugatuck will welcome the new Dancing Horse Winery and Vineyard, scheduled to open in April 2006.

FYI   Wine grapes have been grown since the 1860s along Lake Michigan's coastlines. It's an ideal multiclimate much like the conditions of Northern California, Washington, Oregon, and Long Island. The same warm breezes off the Lake which extend warm temperatures into an elongated Indian Summer extend the growing season up to four months.

There's deep sandy soil, great for irrigation and the lake effect sun in winter protects the vines and restored buds break in spring to avoid frost damage. These conditions all contribute to an ever growing wine community, with over 13,000 acres of vineyards.


Fenn Valley

Black Star Farms

Warner Vineyards

Wine Trail

Domaine Berrien Cellars

Tabor Hill Winery

Round Barn Winery

Lemon Creek Winery

Karma Vista Winery

Contessa Wine Cellars

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