The Vine Line
The Saugatuck area’s got a thing for wine. Part of it is the area’s longer growing season and the sandy, neutral soil that makes for stunning fruit-forward selections. But also it’s perfect for drinking wine: Whether sailing at sunset on Lake Michigan or wandering the aisles of a gallery with a glass of rosé, there’s something here that makes you want to uncork a bottle and clink glasses. Here, a trio of area wineries where you can go right to the source—all a short drive from the Wickwood.
“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”
In the “fruit belt,” there’s nowhere more idyllic to sample hand-crafted wines than in the stunning outdoor tasting room at Modales Wines. The large patio boasts stunning views of Modales’s 76-acre farm, ideal for sipping a crisp Pinot blanc—and the staff can tell you exactly how they preserved the delicate aromatics.
Michigan Wine Co., a quaint winery run by a self-taught husband and wife Joe and Erica Krajkiewcz—a former engineer and a PE teacher—is dedicated to small-batch selections. Their enthusiasm is pure joy, and so is the tiny tasting room on their beautiful winery. Tours of the vineyards are available.
For 50 years, Fenn Valley Vineyards & Winery has been larger than life. The sprawling 240-acre property has hosted more events and concerts than anyone could count—but you’d likely be content with a simple tasting of their anniversary-edition wines, either on-site in or in a satellite tasting room in downtown Saugatuck.