The River Raisin Wine Trail in Lenawee County is launching May 20 with Fare & Pair, an event where wine lovers can taste local vino paired with specially selected dishes.
The wine trail is a collaboration between four Lenawee County wineries — Cherry Creek Cellars in Brooklyn, Chateau Aeronautique Winery in Onsted, Flying Otter Winery in Adrian, and Pentamere Winery in Tecumseh — as well as Visit Lenawee and Lenawee Now, the county’s economic development corporation.
The kickoff event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 20. Participants will take a self-guided tour to each of the four wineries, where they can sample wines such as Cherry Creek’s new-release 2022 Vignoles and Flying Otter’s Flirtation blush blend alongside fare including risotto, a lamb kebab, and a strawberry crêpe. (The full menu is available at visitlenawee.com/fare-pair-presented-by-the-river-raisin-wine-trail.)
Tickets are $30 per person and include a wine and food pairing at each location; designated drivers can purchase a food-only option for $12. All tickets must be purchased in advance — by May 15 — at visitlenawee.com/fare-pair-tickets.
The event is meant to introduce wine enthusiasts to the region’s offerings.
“Really, this is just a way to launch and kick off and say, ‘Here we are. We’re the River Raisin Wine Trail. Come experience our wineries and these great vineyards in Lenawee County,’” says Jenna Salazar, assistant marketing director at Visit Lenawee, a nonprofit that promotes tourism in the county. “The overall goal is to bring people to Lenawee County and bring awareness to how many wineries we have in the area … and [the fact] that they all have these really beautiful, unique setups.
“When people think of wineries in Michigan, a lot naturally think of those along the west and northern parts of the state, but we want people to know that there are a number of great wineries in Southeast Michigan as well.”
Fare & Pair is just the beginning, Salazar says — the trail will be open all year long for self-guided exploration. Learn more about the trail and the Fare & Pair event at visitlenawee.com.