FENNVILLE, MICH. - "Lake effect" usually brings one thing to mind - snow, and lots of it. But the term "lake effect" will have you saying thank you to Lake Michigan if you like wine.
"Southwest Michigan is one of the most diverse agricultural areas in our whole country," says Brian Lesperance, Vice President of Fenn Valley Vineyards. "We have a really unique climate that is driven a lot by the lakeshore. "That's why their slogan is, "The Lake Effect everyone loves."
Fenn Valley has been welcoming the public to their vineyards for years to tour the vineyard, learn more about the wine-making process, and have some fun on the way.
The fall is the perfect time to tour because the vineyard is ripe with grapes. Now is the time visitors can taste the grape right off the vine, then taste the wine that grape makes.
"We sample through 8-10 wines, depending on the time of year and we'll use those wines to help us tell the story," says Lesperance. "We'll showcase different styles, so we're trying to show people the [range] of wine that we can make in Michigan, show them the different styles to explain how the fruit and how the winemaking effects the style of wine that's in their glass."
Heads up: the tours are involved. They last around an hour and a half, so visitors are encouraged to book in advance. You can do so on the Fenn Valley website. The cost is $10 per person and includes a souvenir wine glass.
Fenn Valley Vineyards have fun events going on throughout the year. Their next event is the Vine Wine'd 5k and 10k run. You can learn more about the run and sign up at the link here.
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