Visiting a winery is a wonderful way to meet interesting people, learn about the wine-making process, and taste some wonderful, regional wines – and many of the wineries near Eaton Rapids offer tours and tastes!
Making the trek to a winery or two takes the experience of enjoying a glass of wine from that of being just another refreshing drink and turns it into a much more intimate and educational experience. Even a wine novice will get a lot more than they suspect from visiting a vineyard.
Meeting the creators and knowing what goes into a wine – not just the toil and water but also the soil, the process, the care and study involved – makes enjoying a glass of wine that much more of an event with depth and resonance.
Luckily, more wineries than ever are open and welcoming to visitors – tours, tastes, retail sales, and sometimes small cafes are now common amenities of even small, family vineyards.
Our little corner of Michigan is no exception, with a number of wineries near Eaton Rapids and Lansing – and all within 30 miles of Medovue Estate – home of our premier Lansing B&B: English Inn Restaurant & Pub!
Wineries Near Eaton Rapids
5635 Shoeman Rd, Williamstown Township, MI 48840 – www.burgdorfwinery.com
Burgdorf’s Winery is a boutique winery that makes a variety of red, white, and fruit wines. Tastings are available in their tasting room, and a wide variety of wines, wine accessories, and gift baskets of Michigan-made products can be found in their gift shop.
Sandhill Crane Vineyards
4724 Walz Rd, Jackson, MI 49201 – www.sandhillcranevineyards.com
Sandhill Crane Vineyards is a small, family-run vineyard and winery producing small batch wines, including dry whites, rosés, semi-sweet whites, blushes, red wines, fruit and dessert wines. Enjoy a tour of the vineyard, samples at the wine tasting bar, a snack at the café, and be sure to browse their gift shop.
Grand River Brewery
117 W Louis Glick, Jackson, MI 49201 – grandriverbrewery.com
Grand River Brewery brews beers and ciders, distills spirits, and produces a broad range of award winning wines: reds, whites, rosés, fruit, dessert, and even bubbly.
Cherry Creek Cellars
2199 North Concord Road, Albion, MI 49224
and 11500 Silver Lake Hwy, Brooklyn, MI 49230 – www.cherrycreekwine.com
Cherry Creek Cellars is a family run winery and vineyard featuring a full spectrum of premium, handcrafted wines. Both locations offer tastings, though the Brooklyn location also serves beers from their brewery as well as café fare.
Chateau Aeronautique Winery
1849 Rives-Eaton Rd, Jackson, MI 49201 – www.chateauaeronautiquewinery.com
Chateau Aeronautique Winery is unique in that their vineyard, winery, and tasting room are in an airpark: the Williams Aero Estates. Their award-winning wines run the gamut from dry to sweet, red to white, dinner to dessert.
Eaton Rapids Lodging
The English Inn Restaurant & Pub in Eaton Rapids is another great place to enjoy wines, ciders, beers, and delicious food from our restaurant. Plus, once you’re done enjoying your gustatorial expedition, you have only a short distance to your room at the Inn! Located on the grounds of the historic Medovue estate, English Inn Restaurant & Pub offers the comfort of modern amenities in a Tudor Revival environment.Book your stay, today!