Exploring the River Raisin Wine Trail in Lenawee County, Michigan


The River Raisin Wine Trail offers an unforgettable journey through the picturesque landscapes of Southeast Michigan, where history, culture, and fine wine converge to create an experience unlike any other. From charming downtowns to the rolling Irish Hills, you can choose your own locations and take a self-guided tour.

Named after the legendary River Raisin that flows gracefully through the heart of the region, this wine trail celebrates both the rich viticultural traditions and the storied past of Southeast Michigan. The River Raisin, a waterway that played a pivotal role in shaping the destiny of this region, was named from the French phrase “Rivière aux Raisins,” meaning “River of Grapes,” bestowed upon it by early French explorers and settlers in the 18th century. The region around the river was abundant with wild grapes, which inspired the name. As you traverse the trail, you’ll encounter four exceptional wineries, each offering a unique blend of flavors and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Discovering the Vineyards:

Cherry Creek Cellars | 11500 Silver Lake Hwy, Brooklyn, MI 49230

Located in a 1870s Schoolhouse, Cherry Creek Cellars takes pride in crafting Michigan-made wine, cider, and beer for everyone. The core of Cherry Creek will always be quality, hand crafted Michigan products in a picturesque vineyard setting to be enjoyed with close friends and family. Cherry Creek recently expanded their offerings and now feature a café, award-winning hard cider, craft beer and event space. https://cherrycreekwine.com/

Pentamere Winery | 131 E. Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh, MI 49286

The first rule at Pentamere Winery is simple: Drink what tastes good to you! And at their downtown winery, you’re certain to find something to your liking. Pentamere is family owned and produces their wines in house with grapes sourced from Michigan and the Great Lakes region. In fact, the name “Pentamere” means “five lakes.” Pentamere welcomes guests to enjoy some wine and good times. Guests are welcome to take a peek into the winemaking process and witness the beautiful transformation from grape to wine.  https://www.pentamerewinery.com/

Flying Otter Vineyard and Winery | 3402 Chase Road, Adrian, MI 49221

The family operated Flying Otter Vineyard & Winery is situated on a 55-acre estate and features an outdoor tasting pavilion, open from April-October each year offering tastings, entertainment, wine education courses, crafting activities, and more. Wines are produced from grapes grown in the estate’s vineyard (including the award-winning Frontenac). Estate-grown grapes are farmed using sustainable vineyard practices, and a great deal of hand labor, from planting vines to harvesting.  https://www.flyingotter.com/

Chateau Aeronatique Winery | 12000 Pentecost Highway, Onsted, MI 49265

Chateau Aeronautique Winery was founded in a hangar on a grass runway north of Jackson, Michigan. They built a beautiful tasting room overlooking the runway in 2009 and made wine in the hangar for 9 years. Having outgrown the hangar, in 2017 Chateau Aeronatique moved the winemaking operation to a new 8,000 square foot facility on 26 acres in the beautiful Irish Hills boasting 100+ parking spaces and a 6,000 square foot Outdoor Seating Area. While the Airpark continues as a boutique venue with a personal touch and tours of the hangar and cellar, Chateau now hosts concerts, buses, weddings and other large events in the Irish Hills.  https://www.chateauaeronautiquewinery.com/

Upcoming RRWT Event:

The River Raisin Wine Trail’s Spring event, International Flavors Fare & Pair will be held Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The event is a celebration of diversity, bringing together the best of international cuisine and locally crafted wines along the picturesque River Raisin Wine Trail. During this event, you will have the opportunity to sample award-winning wines and discover the perfect pairings with food items carefully selected to complement each sip. Tickets for adults are priced at $30 and include a wine sample and food pairing at all four locations. For those who would like to participate as a designated driver and enjoy only food at each location, tickets are priced at $12. Purchase tickets here: https://www.visitlenawee.com/fare-pair-presented-by-the-river-raisin-wine-trail/.

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