Northern California may be the current champion of U.S. wine-making, but Michigan is coming for the crown! And though it may be difficult to believe for people who associate Detroit with cars and music, the area is also an oenophiles playground. So today, we’re breaking down the seven best wineries in the Detroit area.
#7: Unwind Winery
About 40 minutes north of Detroit, in Shelby Township, sits Unwind Winery. Two wine-obsessed couples founded the cozy establishment about 10 years ago, and their passion is palpable. Taste and enjoy libations by the glass or bottle — and make sure to pick up a branded set of glasses on your way out as a memento!
Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room has brought together Michigainbythebottle.com with various local wineries in the area to bring the taste of the state’s best wines to the Detroit area. They pride themselves on only serving wines from local wineries that use estate-grown/or locally sourced grapes. They go above and beyond by not only serving local wine but everything they serve from their snacks to their artwork on their walls is all from Michigan-based small businesses.
Filipo Marc Winery in Clinton Township has it all. Guests can indulge in private and open wine tastings — or make their own custom-labeled blends! A Michigan mainstay, Filipo Marc has been around for over twenty years, and guests choose from over 70 options. Whether you want to pick up a few bottles for dinner or enjoy a formal tasting, Filipo Marc has you covered.
House of Pure Vin is a Detroit winery for up-and-coming connoisseurs. Instead of making wines, they teach customers about different grapes and blends and food pairing. Guests sample wines from around the world and learn about their qualities. The average visit lasts about two hours, but the knowledge with which you’ll walk away lasts a lifetime.
Northville Winery & Brewing Company isn’t your traditional winery, and it’s a great spot if you’re celebrating in mixed-company — beer and wine drinkers! A lively place, Northville has an in-house Grateful Dead tribute band, and other groups regularly take the stage. It’s always a party at Northville, so be sure to set up a safe way to get home before you head out!
Right outside the Detroit area located in historic Amherstburg, Vivace Estate Winery offers a “vine to wine” experience, and stepping onto the property is like being transported to the French countryside. A full-service operation, Vivace has its own vineyard, barrel rooms, and bottling facilities. Indoor and outdoor event spaces are also available, and they often host live music and tasting events.
Located in the heart of Motor City, Detroit Vineyards is run by local son Chris Southern. Using grapes from the Lake Michigan Shore, Leelanau, and Old Mission Peninsula, the winery produces and bottles much-loved wines, ciders, and meads right in the Eastern Market. So gather the crew and enjoy an afternoon of merriment!
That’s our list of the seven best wineries in and around Detroit, Michigan. Now get out there and get sipping!