Winter may be the offseason at Michigan’s wineries, but those who make the trek out to a tasting room will get to experience a whole new — quieter, cozier — side of the establishment. And there’s plenty to do and enjoy, from outdoor winter activities to special deals and events. Here is just a taste of what’s taking place at wineries in the state this season.
Black Star Farms’ Snowshoes, Vines, and Wines
Have a snowshoeing adventure at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. Rent snowshoes on-site from noon to 4 p.m. every winter Saturday (plus a handful of additional dates), explore the winery’s trails — ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty — and then head back to the tasting room or heated terrace for house-made chili and soup, wine and spirit flights, wine by the glass, and seasonal cocktails. No reservations necessary.
Round Barn Estate’s Winter Village
The Winter Village is back at Round Barn Estate in Baroda. The winery’s collection of heated igloos is available first come, first serve, or by reservation through April. Order from the drink menu — which includes wine, beer, cocktails, and flights — daily or the food menu — which includes appetizers and paninis — Friday through Sunday. On weekends, you can reserve an igloo for a luxury “pop-up picnic” from Sincerely K & J for up to six guests, complete with a beautifully set table and a private server. Or book an igloo with winter-themed decorations and games. (To make reservations, visit roundbarn.com/estate/winter/reservations.) If you’d rather stay outdoors, gather around a firepit with some mulled wine, hot chocolate, or coffee.
While you’re there, check out Mt. Tabor Trails, a 3.5-mile trail system open year-round that stretches from Round Barn to nearby Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant. You’re welcome to take your own snowshoes or cross-country skis on the paths.
Chateau Chantal’s Fire & Ice Wine Dinner and Cooking Classes
After braving the winter weather, warm up indoors at Chateau Chantal on the Old Mission Peninsula during its Fire & Ice Wine Dinner on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, and Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, at 6 p.m. The dinner begins with a half-hour outdoor vineyard tour, followed by seven courses prepared by Chris Mushall, the winery’s chef de cuisine. Each course is paired with a Chateau Chantal wine.
If you’re itching to try your hand at gourmet cooking yourself, you can sign up for one of Chateau Chantal’s cooking classes. Each class lasts four hours and is limited to 12 participants. Themes include Continental French, Piedmont, Handmade Pasta, The Mediterranean, and more. When your dishes are finished, you’ll get to try them paired with Chateau Chantal wines. Advance reservations are required; book both cooking classes and the Fire & Ice Wine Dinner at shop.chateauchantal.com.
Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail’s Winter Flight Pass
Enjoy a flight of three wines from each of the Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail’s 10 wineries with the Winter Flight Pass. Show your pass at a participating winery, and you’ll also receive 10% or more off your purchase of wine bottles, along with other specials that vary by location. The Winter Flight Pass is valid through March 31, 2023, and can be redeemed at any time (winery hours permitting). The $50 pass can be purchased at ompwinetrail.com and picked up at any participating location.
Find more winter winery events at michiganwinecountry.com/events.