SOUTH HAVEN WINERIES
WINE TOURS & WINE TASTING
Here's a nice 3-stop South Haven wine tasting trail. You can visit 3 different South Haven Wineries without driving much more than 30 or 40 minutes total.
And among these 3 stops,
2 of them are at the top of my "favorites list" for Michigan wineries along the lakeshore! And, these wine tastings will all 3 offer a very different experience.
Suggested Trail of South Haven Wineries
You'll probably want to start in downtown South Haven at Warner Vineyards Tasting Room. This is a convenient spot in South Haven located in the shops next to the Idler (restaurant/bar in a boat on the water). Here, you can
taste what Warner has to offer and grab a bottle or two for a lakeside picnic.
There's a little more of a commercial feel to this place, but it's worth a stop. It's like a wine shop that happens to offer tastings. Since you're right in downtown
South Haven, there'll be plenty of other shops along the lakeside that you'll want to take a peek at before heading for your next stop on the winery trail.
Oh, don't forget to pick up a winery trail map here at Warner's wine tasting room. They usually have them and it's a quick way to start finding your way around Michigan wineries!
Warner Vineyards Tasting Room
515 Williams Street (Old Harbor Village), South Haven, MI 49090
Hours: Memorial Day - Sept. 12-6pm 7 days a week.
Fridays and Saturdays open until 8 pm.
Phone: (269)637-6900 Call to confirm hours
If you're ready to hit the wine trail, head east on Phoenix Road (the "main drag" through South Haven) to Blue Star Highway. Go north on Blue Star to 106th and turn
right to get to McIntosh Apple Orchard, Cider Mill, and Winery.
This is a great winery to visit if you're in the South Haven area and are looking for something a little different. One primary
focus of this winery is the creation of a Traditional Olde World Style Hard Cider as well as a wonderful iced apple aperitif.
While we were there, we spent a leisurely hour or so tasting many great fruit wines (which are their specialty). Several people fall in love
with the "hard cider" and a couple people came in to have their "growlers refilled" while we were there.
They have some tasty honey, local fruits, preserves, cider doughnuts, and a smallish selection of gourment cheeses. The staff was very friendly, but the jovial atmosphere came mostly from
the other groups that came in for tastings.
Great place, nice and close, and something slightly unique from the "normal wine tasting experience". Try it. (As I recall, there was no fee for tasting, but
there was a charge of a dollar or two for their wonderful apple aperitif). And, after you taste the hard cider, you just might want a "growler to go".
If you're a beer lover, you might want to try making your own with America's #1 home brewing system
. I mention this because we've got a friend who's having a lot of fun with his "home brewery".
McIntosh Apple Orchards , Cider Mill and Winery
6431 107th Avenue, South Haven, MI 49090
Hours (May-Nov): Fri. & Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-6
Phone: (269)637-7922 - Call to check on hours.
Next stop: the Fenn Valley Vineyard is 18 miles from downtown South Haven. If you're traveling from the McIntosh Cider Mill, it's only about 10 miles away.
This is one of my favorite wineries for several reasons. They have a great tasting room with lots of character and friendly people. The vineyards and buildings
are on lovely grounds, much of it open to strolling.
Their wine tasting is free and they offer a couple great tours for a very reasonable price. One of the tours is
on an open wagon through the vineyard and is extremely popular. You simply can't visit South Haven wineries without a stop at Fenn Valley.
And, Fenn Valley has some great events that we look forward to every year. For instance, wine and food pairing gourmet dinners, chili cookoff, sampler food and wine
pairing weekends, girls afternoon out, summer evening cookouts, annual wine fest, blues in the vineyard, performing arts in the vineyard, and other great opportunities
to partake and meet other wine lovers.
Fenn Valley Vineyards
6130 122nd Avenue, Fennville, MI 49408
I-96 to exit 34, then east 3 miles to 62nd St. Then South 1 mile to 122 Ave., then East 1/4 mile.
Toll Free: (800)432-6265, Phone: (269)561-2396
Hours: Year-round: Mon. - Sat. 11am - 5 pm
July - Aug.: Mon. - Sat. 11am - 6 pm, Sun. 12 - 5 pm
Sept. - Oct.: Mon. - Thur. 11 - 5pm, Fri. - Sat. 11 - 6pm, Sun. 1 - 5pm
Michigan Lakeshore Winery Resources
Check out their website for all the details at fennvalley.com. If you happen to be in downtown Saugatuck, the Fenn Valley Winery has a tasting room there also.
Given the choice, I would rather visit the vineyard. But, if you don't have the time, this is the next best thing.
Here's the address:
Fenn Valley Tasting Room
310 Butler Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453
Phone: (269)857-5170, Call for hours.
After visiting these South Haven wineries, if you're looking for more you can head further north for some Saugatuck Michigan wine tasting.
Or, travel south of South Haven towards Benton
Harbor, Paw Paw, St. Joseph, and on toward Bridgeman for a Southwest Michigan wine tour and another great selection of vineyards and tasting rooms.
Along the Michigan lakeshore, there's a wine trail for
every day of the week.
We'll see you around _South Haven To Saugatuck and Beyond
Have YOU Been On This Wine Trail?
What's your favorite winery to visit?
Michigan wineries are plentiful along the Lake shoreline. How fortunate for us!
Is there a particular winery that you really enjoy? You know, the tasting rooms that make you feel so comfortable that you could easily "while away" an hour or so?
Pass your knowledge on and add a picture if you can. I'm sure it will be appreciated!
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