Heritage Wine Tour (1 Day)
Southwestern Michigan is one of the premier wine regions in the U.S. Lake Michigan tempers our climate, so it replicates the grape-growing areas of France and Germany. As a result we attract winemakers, who are gaining national attention for their award-winning vintages. This day trip tells how it all started.
St. Julian Winery, 716 S. Kalamazoo St., Paw Paw
(1 hour on site)
Begin your tour with a late-morning arrival at Michigan’s oldest, largest and most-awarded winery. Tours are offered each hour, seven days a week. For $7 you can taste six samples from over 40 wine choices and receive a complimentary logo glass to take home.
From St. Julian, drive west about 50 minutes to:
Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant, 185 Mount Tabor Road, Buchanan
(2 hours on site)
This was the first Michigan winery to commercially plant and harvest European-style grapes, a decision that transformed our state’s wine industry. Enjoy a tour and tasting for $20 (includes a keepsake wine glass) or taste six wines for $12 (you'll also receive a souvenir wine glass). Lunch overlooking the vineyards is a must. Chef Ryan Thornburg presents a new menu each day featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients, many from local farms.
Take a 10-minute jog to:
The Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery, 10983 Hills Road, Baroda
(1 hour on site)
This unique tasting room is located in a round post-and-beam bank barn originally built in 1881. It was disassembled and reconstructed on its current site. Here you can enjoy six samples of their handcrafted wines, beer or spirits for $12 and bring back a logo glass to add to your collection.
After Round Barn, enjoy a leisurely drive west toward Lake Michigan (takes 20 minutes if you go directly there) and make your final destination the regionally renowned:
Tosi’s Restaurant, 4337 Ridge Rd., Stevensville
(1 1/2 to 2 hours on site)
Tosi’s is widely acclaimed for its authentic northern Italian food and world-class wine cellar. Its roots go back to 1948 when Emillio Tosi started the restaurant, serving many of his and “Nonna’s” (Grandma Tosi) favorite recipes. Today, the restaurant’s legendary hospitality and delicious food continue.