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Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail in Northeast Michigan

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Sunrise Side Wine and Hops Trail

Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail in Northeast Michigan
Examiner.com | Stacey Stapels | June 20, 2012


NORTHEAST MICHIGAN – Quietly developing in the northeast corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is a relatively new wine trail called Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail. The trail follows US-23 along the beautiful Lake Huron shoreline and can be started anywhere traveling in either direction. Along the route are many area attractions including lighthouses, museums, charter fishing and sandy beaches. The trail consists of both wineries and breweries.

Starting at the northernmost point in Cheboygan you will find Nicholas Black River Vineyard and Winery. Planting vines started as a hobby of Nicholas Koklanaris who was born in Greece and came to the USA when he was just 17. Researching the best grapes to grow and planting his vineyard by hand, his hobby turned into the winery it is today. Although Nicholas is gone now, the Nicholas Black River Winery is owned and operated by his nieces whose goal is to continue Nicholas’ dream and tradition of making fine, pure and high quality wines. You will find several delightful Michigan wines here including their Gold Medal winner Black River Red.

While in Cheboygan you might also want to check out the Cheboygan Brewing Company which has a 100 year history and crafts some fine German beers from bygone brewmaster secrets and recipes.

Heading south to Alpena is Stoney Acres Winery. This small boutique winery offers wines made from both imported and native grapes, including a variety of fruit wines. They also make and carry a fine line of hand-dipped gourmet wine truffles.

Modern Craft Winery has two locations available, one in Harrisville and the other in Au Gres. They are producers of an extensive list of grape and fruit wines as well as several meads. They do their best to use only local grown fruit and make simple unique wines with a lot of love.

Traveling inward to Rose City you will find two wineries. Rose Valley Winery is owned by Adam and Nancy Kolodziejski. Growing grapes on their family farm called Hunting Hawk Vineyards has been a challenge, but once you visit their charming tasting room and taste their nice selection of handcrafted Michigan wines you won’t be disappointed.

Also in Rose City is Valley Mist Vineyards. Somewhat new to grape growing, they have high hopes for soon producing their own grapes for wine production. They offer semi-sweet and sweet white wines, both dry and sweet red wines as well as dessert wines.

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