Wineries in various regions of the state have formed their own trails to help identify themselves as a destination for those who want to go wine touring and visit multiple wineries in one day or over several. Here are five to check out in Michigan.
Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail
Located in southwest Michigan, the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail is a collaboration of around 15 wineries in the Lake Michigan Shore American Viticulture Area. (Note: AVAs are specific zones for vineyards that share geography and climate.) The trail is at the southern end of Lake Michigan, which creates a microclimate for fruit growing and protection from weather extremes that helps extend the growing season later into the fall. michigan.org.
Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail
Heading east and then north out of Traverse City leads visitors to the picturesque Old Mission Peninsula. Ten wineries in the Old Mission AVA participate in the trail. They are generally just a few miles apart, with most yielding views of East and West Grand Traverse bays as well as vineyards, orchards, hills, and valleys. ompwinetrail.com.
Petoskey Wine Region
The state’s northernmost wine trail consists of 14 wineries. Part of the Tip of the Mitt AVA, wineries on this trail grow rich, robust grapes that thrive in cold temperatures. petoskey.wine.
Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
On one of two peninsulas jutting into Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail in the Leelanau Peninsula AVA is home to more than 20 wineries. Many offer sweeping vistas with vineyards, lakes, and rolling countryside. lpwines.com.
River Raisin Wine Trail
This new self-guided trail, which makes stops in Adrian, Tecumseh, Onstead, and Brooklyn, offers views of beautiful downtowns and rolling Irish Hills, along with samplings of “some of the finest wines Michigan has to offer.”
This story was originally from the May 2022 issue of Hour Detroit and has been updated for 2023. Read more stories in our digital edition.