Snow might be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term "lake effect," but wine enthusiasts are familiar with a different concept. Lake Michigan's moderating effect on the climate of West Michigan makes growing grapes possible, heralding the region as the Napa Valley of the Midwest. Enjoy the taste of expertly crafted wine on one of these tours through the wineries and tasting rooms of West Michigan.
Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail
Southwest Michigan is home to picturesque views of rolling hills—and more than a dozen wineries and tasting rooms, all within driving distance of each other. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway in Southwest Michigan's charming resort towns or a leisurely road trip with friends, each winery on the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail trail offers a unique style for you to craft your ideal wine tour.
Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail
The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, the largest and oldest in Michigan, has garnered national attention as a world-class destination. The small peninsula is home to 24 wineries located within diverse microclimates uniquely suited for a variety of wine grapes to craft varietals including riesling, pinot grigio, chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet franc. The trail is divided into three smaller trails for easy touring: Sleeping Bear Loop, Northern Loop and Grand Traverse Bay Loop. Each tasting room offers its own unique experience, from cozy charm to refined elegance.
Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula
North of Grand Traverse Bay, Old Mission Peninsula is situated at the globe's 45th parallel—the ideal climate for growing varietal wine grapes. Old Mission Peninsula's eight distinct wineries produce award-winning wines including chardonnay, riesling, pinot grigio, pinot noir, merlot, gewürztraminer, sparkling varieties and prestigious ice wines. In addition to wine tasting, enjoy the beautiful beaches, exquisite restaurants and a visit to the historic lighthouse.
Photo courtesy of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail.