Pumpkins, wine and everything fine! It’s fall and here in Northern Michigan that means the leaves are starting to change colors. The temps are dropping and it’s even been a little rainy. That only means one thing, it’s fall! Fall here in Northern Michigan is almost magical. The kids are back in school, most days are warm with cool nights and mornings. Things just seem to move a little bit slower and I’m ok with that. My kids are already thinking of what they want to be for Halloween and we’ve even planned on getting pumpkins in a week or two.
Fall in Northern Michigan is the perfect time to check out one of many local wineries. We’ve seen a huge boom in both wineries and breweries in the last several years, and each seems to have their own take and unique offerings. If you’re looking for a fun day out with friends then consider a fall wine tour. Designate a sober driver and try a few samplings at each winery. If you have a large group, consider a tour from Bay View Wine Trail. You can customize your wine tour to fit your timeframe and specific needs. Best of all? You don’t have to drive, and you can simply enjoy what each winery has to offer!
Northern Michigan Fall Wine Tour
- Pond Hill Farm: 5699 South Lakeshore Drive, Harbor Springs. This popular farm is conveniently located just 5 miles north of Harbor Springs and is open year-round. It’s a popular destination in the fall with their Fall Festival weekends. Enjoy wine tasting, hayrides, squash rocket, and more!
- Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery:
- 8370 Lakeview Rd, Alanson. This winery is located just 15 miles north of Petoskey in Alanson and features wine, cider, and kid-friendly beverages. Crooked Vine is open year-round with varying hours of operation.
- Mackinaw Trail Winery: 3423 US-131, Petoskey. Conveniently located south of Petoskey only a few miles out of town, this large winery features hand crafted wines and brews that are handcrafted at their Manistique location.
- Maple Moon Sugarbush & Winery (4454 Atkins Rd, Petoskey) and Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery:
- If you’re headed out Atkins Rd, east of Petoskey both of these family-owned properties are conveniently located a few minutes outside of town. You can enjoy gorgeous views and unique wines from both of these wineries.
- Resort Pike Cidery & Winery: 3471 Resort Pike Rd, Petoskey. Located a few miles southwest of Petoskey at the corner of Resort Pike and Williams Rd, this adorable winery is fairly new to the Northern Michigan wine scene. Established in 2017, Resort Pike Cidery & Winery offers a fun and fresh selection of homemade wine.
- Rudbeckia Farm: 3379 Lake Grove Rd, Petoskey. Located on 190 acres southwest of Petoskey, Rudbeckia features outstanding views of Walloon Lake and Lake Michigan. Enjoy Burnt Marshmallow’s handcrafted microbrews or enjoy a glass of wine.
- Seasons of the North: 9090 West M-68, Indian River.
- This Up North winery features handcrafted wines in a family-friendly atmosphere. All fruit used to make wine is locally sourced throughout the summer and fall season.
- Walloon Lake Winery: 3149 Intertown Rd, Petoskey. Dennis Farms began over 60 years ago in 1954. in 2012 the focus of Dennis Farms agriculture switched to cold, hardy, grapes perfect for growing in Northern Michigan. Walloon Lake Winery features a delicious variety of wine made through sustainable agriculture practices.