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Sip through summer with local wines

Posted on June 3rd, 2010

By: Laura Koch
Discover Kalamazoo, Marketing & Communication Intern

Kalamazoo, Mich. – Take a stroll through Kalamazoo County’s local vineyards and sample flavorful, award-winning wines and juices. You can even create your own unique wine and lable!

Tempo Vino
Tempo Vino is located in downtown Kalamazoo. The wines are hand crafted in small batches from grapes around the world. Featured wines include “I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo” and Black Current Merlot among many others. You can taste their wines at the Tasting Bar or make your own custom vintage. Tempo Vino also offers personalized labels, wine accessories, and gift certificates!

Tempo Vino
260 E. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 342-WINE (9463)
Hours: Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday  11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. (December) *Hours are subject to change to accomodate private parties. Please call ahead before making a special trip to the winery.

Lawton Ridge Winery
Lawton Ridge Winery is one of Michigan’s newest wineries, offering a tasting room with 11 different selections. Its grapes are grown locally on Lake Michigan, creating ideal conditions for “cool climate viticulture” — resulting in grapes with a perfect balance of sugar and acidity, creating crisp whites and complex reds.

Lawton Ridge Winery
8456 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009-9481
(269) 372-9463
Hours: Monday through Saturday noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m

Peterson and Sons Winery
Peterson and Sons is one of the few wineries on earth that makes wine without chemicals or preservatives (read without sulfates). Only the finest handpicked Michigan fruit is used to make their excellent wines. Come visit the tasting room and gift shop for a personal and relaxed tasting and try Michigan’s first commercial winery that creates wines in an old-world process.

Peterson and Sons Winery
9375 East P Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49048-9762
(269) 626-9755
Hours: Monday through Sunday by appointment only and require a minimum purchase of six bottles.

St. Julian
St. Julian is Michigan’s oldest, largest and most-awarded winery. It offers a wide selection of award-winning and well-known premium wines, sparkling wines, and sparkling juices for the kiddies. This family-owned winery, founded by Mariano Meconi in 1921, is nestled in the picturesque fruit-growing region along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Today, grandson, David Braganini, has adopted the family tradition of wine making while turning St. Julian into Michigan’s most renowned winery. Free admission. Tours and tastings available.

St. Julian
716 S Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 657-5598
Summer Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Winter Hours: Jan. 1 to April 30 Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday noon to 5 p.m

Warner Vineyards
Warner Vineyards is Michigan’s second oldest winery. With 22 different wines, they make a wine for every taste. Warner offers tours and tasting and free admission. The Waterworks Station Cafe features casual gourmet dining with live jazz on the weekends and deck seating overlooking the scenic Paw Paw River. Tasting rooms are also in South Haven, Holland and Marshall. Personalized labels and gift certificates are available.
Warner Vineyards Winery
706 S. Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(800) 756-5357

Cody Kresta
The newest winery on the block, or should we say vine, is Cody Kresta – a small family owned vineyard and winery located in Southwest Michigan. Grapes used in their special vintages are grown along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Owners David and Mary Lou offer eight wines and a tasting room.

Cody Kresta
45757 27th Street
Mattawan, MI 49071
(269) 668-3800
May through October hours: Thursday through Saturday noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
November and December hours: Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
January through April hours: Saturday and Sunday by appointment only.

For more information about what to do in Kalamazoo, visit Discover Kalamazoo.

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