3 Accessible Vineyard and Wineries Along the Delta County Trails

August 20, 2019

3 Accessible Vineyard and Wineries Along the Delta County Trails

The MUVE Team
For those who don’t think summer and wine go together, think again. With a wine glass in your hand by the vineyard or maybe in a tasting room with a view of the beautiful harbor, why not? You can make that happen.

The trails in Delta County offer beautiful vineyards in rolling hills, tasting rooms in an underground cellar of a Mediterranean cottage, or by the marina. 

More than the view, visiting a winery is about the experience. The wine you have by the fireplace or the kitchen counter in your home during winter will not taste the same in a tasting room inside a historical building in old Escanaba. So taste that wine and experience it in Delta County.

Here are the 3 top spots you can find along your trail by the river, in the historical district, or by the lake shore:

Northern Sun Winery 

Estate grown local flavors, as many as 13 at any one time, is the pride of this vineyard by the rolling hills in Bark River.

With their wines grown, produced and bottled on site, Northern Sun Winery is a wine boutique located 13 miles outside of Escanaba. Wines can be enjoyed outdoors in full view of Anthony Vineyards that is over 3.5 acres of about 3,000 grape vines. 

To enjoy local flavors and delicious wines, there is also the underground cellar or the tasting room in a Mediterranean Style Cottage. Northern Sun Winery features live music events during the summer.

They are open 5 days a week from May to December (except Mondays and Tuesdays) from 1pm through 6pm on Wednesdays and Sundays, and 11am to 6pm every Thursday through Saturday. From January to April, they are only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm to 5:30pm.

Leigh’s Garden Winery, Inc.

In the old streets of Ludington is a stretch of Escanaba’s history. The cigar merchants, clothiers, grocers, pubs and bars in this historical district is joined by Leigh’s Garden Winery tasting room in an 1893-old building.

Escanaba wines from a variety of northern grown cold climate grapes can be enjoyed in this refurbished bar in an historical building with more than 130 years of memories. Its art deco-styled back bar kept the tin walls and ceiling design that dates back to 1895.

Their wines are best enjoyed in their outdoor tasting garden behind the winery. 

On their tasting menu are two types, the Classic tasting which is 6 1-ounce samples; and the single pour which is one 6-ounce glass. Bonus pours are also offered as an add on, and tastings include a souvenir logo wine glass. 

Mackinaw Trail Winery

The most recognized winery in the state of Michigan with 50 medals and 6 best class awards, Mackinaw Trail Winery is considered the “North Star” of the Michigan wine industry. With the great wine comes a great tasting experience in a unique marina setting. 

Mackinaw Trail Winery produces exquisite fruit forward wines. The grapes are harvested from a 15-acre vineyard on rolling hills in Petoskey, to produce award-winning grape and fruit wines for the wineries. One is nestled in the heart of the Upper Peninsula in Manistique offering breathtaking views of the lake.

Music nights and wine in a tasting room right on the water starts at 6pm every Friday at this winery in Manistique along West Lakeshore Drive.

The wine experience begins with exploring where it is best sipped from – not just from your crystal wine glass or any place, but a beautiful setting.  Don’t let mobility issues get in the way of your wine experience. These places are fully accessible, and MUVE can take you there