A few weeks ago, we picked up our kids from summer camp in Southeastern Michigan and took the opportunity to visit a few wineries near Jackson. All three wineries are members of the Pioneer Wine Trail.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate is Southeast Michigan's oldest and largest commercial vineyard, with 12 European grape varieties on a 25 acre site, on the same latitude as the border of Southern France and Northern Spain.
Sandhill Crane Vineyards were our next stop - the winery, tasting room, and café is tucked in among their vineyards in eastern Jackson county. They are currently the only vineyard in SE Michigan to be verified under the Farm*A*Syst program for good environmental stewardship and also make several wines that benefit local nonprofit organizations.
Last but not least, was Chateau Aeronautique Winery - the theme of the Winery is the airpark lifestyle ~ flying, vintage airplanes, and living in a home with hangar on a grass runway surrounded by forests. Chateau Aeronautique Winery was founded on the ideals of creating fine wines from Michigan grapes and offering those wines for tasting in a beautiful, relaxing setting. They also offer the best wine tasting souvenir glasses we've seen to date - an actual full-sized glass!
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