Coasting along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, we discovered Cogdal Vineyards in South Haven, MI. We visited the tasting room with some family and really enjoyed ourselves – enough that we decided to order a glass of our favorites to sip outside on the patio and take in the surrounding views.
South Beach Red
View from Patio
South Beach Red (pictured above) was my personal favorite, along with North Beach White coming in at a close second. I am excited to head back to Cogdal Vineyards this coming summer because I am sure it is even more beautiful.
As we were heading out, we picked up the official Wine Trail Guide that currently lists 19 wineries (some tasting rooms) in Southwest Michigan. Be sure to check out our wine map to see which ones we have visited so far!
On our first official outing touring the wineries of the Lake Michigan Shore, we had a goal of making it to Gravity Winery. We split a tasting which consisted of four wines of our choosing and came with two pieces of cheese and two crackers ($11). The outdoor atmosphere was beautiful and overlooked a set of specially labeled grape vines as well as a pond with a fountain. Every 5 minutes or so, a dog trotted by to check on us and make sure that we weren’t trying to steal our stemless wine glasses. I imagine he belongs to the owners. Also on the menu is hard cider. The atmosphere was relaxed enough that I think I would have just as easily enjoyed drinking a pint on the outdoor patio before heading to our next stop.
Little did we realize that we lived so close to an official wine trail in Michigan. To be exact, the closest stop on The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail is exactly 15 minutes from our house according to Google Maps. The entirety of the LMSWT consists of 20 wineries and sprawls over an approximate 90mi radius, while the greatest concentration of these unique wineries rests within a much smaller 5 mi radius. The best part about exploring this wine trail? You’re only about 10 minutes from the lake shore most of the time. Also in this region is a much less “official” beer trail which we plan to begin documenting this coming winter.
Look for these signs…