Many don’t realize it but Michigan produces some excellent wines. In fact, there are a number of Michigan wineries near our Eaton Rapids B&B, The English Inn Restaurant & Pub!
Michigan boasts well over 100 commercial wineries and a variety of wine trails. If you’re a wine enthusiast, you likely already know how great an experience visiting a winery can be. If you’ve never had the experience, however, you’re really missing out. Visiting a winery is a great way to discover new wines, meet interesting people, and learn about the wine-making process.
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!
Burgdorf’s Winery has been creating unique, award-winning wines for over 30 years, right here in mid-Michigan.
Deb and Dave Burgdorf’s winery is a part-time hobby turned full-time business. With Deb’s M.S. in microbiology and over 15 years of experience in fermentation, plus Dave’s B.S. in agriculture and 30 years of experience with plants and conservation planning, their combined expertise and talents make it no mystery why they have been as successful as they have been.
Wine tasting along the SE Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail, April 9 – 10, 2011.
Today’s pioneers don’t need to travel by wagon across thousands of miles of dangerous terrain. Today’s pioneers are boldly creating wine in Southeast Michigan. Meet these brave people this weekend, April 9 – 10, 2011, during the Southeast Michigan Wine Celebration.
Our Lansing Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of Southeast Michigan, close to several of the wineries on the SE Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail. Spend a night or two at the English Inn as you traverse the countryside in search of local vineyards and wine.
At each participating winery, wines will be paired with appetizers or desserts prepared by local chefs. The food should pair excellently with the poured wines and help cleanse your palate between bottles. It will be a gustatory delight for oenophiles and foodies.
Autumn is one of the most delightful times to visit Michigan farms. Hay rides, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes are fun no matter how old you are – five or fifty. Harvest festivals abound at this time of year, and guests of our Eaton Rapids inn enjoy them.
Uncle John’s Cider Mill is about forty five minutes north of our Southern Michigan inn. The historic Cider Mill, used as a Cattle Barn in the early 1900’s, features a Cider Press, Donut Shop, and seating area. In September and October, visitors may witness the pressing of the cider (typically on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays). Enjoy fresh or mulled cider or try Uncle John’s award winning Hard Apple Cider. All taste like fall.
Fall in Michigan is full of apples, brilliant colors, and harvest festivals. As wineries have sprouted across the state, traditional harvest festivals have embraced the fall crush and the peculiar art of grape stomping. Spectators watch in delight as a brave few take off their shoes, roll up their pants, and climb into barrels full of grapes. No one knows exactly when or where people first started crushing grapes with their feet, but anyone who has ever tried it can tell you that it is fun and strangely satisfying.
The fresh taste of fall.
The Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival is located in the heart of SW Michigan wine country, less than 90 minutes from our Eaton Rapids inn. The drive to Paw Paw is lovely, and passes through the fertile farmland that produces much of the produce celebrated during the Wine and Harvest Festival. There are several Michigan wineries between Eaton Rapids and Paw Paw, as well, most of which are open to visitation.
The 2010 Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival takes place September 9 – 12. In addition to grape stomping, there will be 5K walk/run, a bike tour, and a Hole in One contest. Check out Big Mo’s Wonderful World of Electric Trains, and the Arts and Crafts Fair. Throw in a car show, a parade, and lots of live music, and the Paw Paw Festival is guaranteed to be entertaining. Winery tours and a beer and wine tent ensure that visitors will find many opportunities to taste locally produced Michigan wine and beer.
It is a little known fact out of state, but it’s true: Michigan has some excellent wines. There are a good seventy wineries in Michigan, and each one is worth visiting. Southeast Michigan, home of our Lansing bed and breakfast, has eleven wineries. Stay with us and discover the Southeast Michigan Wine Trail.