Wine Trail Chili Challenge
August 26th & 27th, 2017
You be the judge! Each of the nine wineries along the Pioneer Wine Trail will serve chili and you decide whose is the best! Join us for a weekend of fun, food and wine as you drive from winery to winery enjoying samples of chili paired with specific wines and five additional wine samples at each stop! This is a self-driven tour and we suggest you stay at one of the many B&B’s, hotels or camp grounds along the trail so that you can take your time and enjoy each stop. Get your friends together, map out your itinerary, get your souvenir wine glass at your first winery and let the judging begin!
The official hours for this event are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday regardless of each winery’s individual tasting room hours.
The “Big Grape” Bus Tour
November 11th, 2017
Join us for a day of wine, food and fun as you travel by deluxe motor coach from one Wine Trail winery to another, four in all. Each winery will be featuring one of their best wines paired with culinary delights for you to enjoy. You will receive five additional wine samples at each winery along with a souvenir wine glass to keep. Following the day of wine and food pairings, we will check into the Marriott at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti followed by dinner, live music and dancing. This is one event you won’t want to miss! *Save money, purchase your tickets before May 31st!
Ticket sales for this event end at midnight on October 11th, 2017 or when sold out.
Holiday Open House
December 9th-10th, 2017
Take the weekend to enjoy a wonderful drive along the SE Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail and stop at any of our nine wineries to sample and select wines for your holiday celebrations. The wineries will offer chips and dips at each location and welcome you with a smile and of course, wine! This is a great weekend to pick up gifts for family and friends and to try some new things that you may enjoy too. This is a free/no ticket event, just our way of thanking you for doing some of your holiday shopping with us.
Valentine’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend
February 10th-11th, 2018
Guests may choose to visit one or all the participating wineries along the Pioneer Wine Trail over the Valentine weekend, sampling Michigan made wines and enjoying different chocolate delights at each winery along the way. The chocolate treats are free but tasting fee’s will apply at each winery and this is a “no fee/no ticket, self-driven event. Maybe stay at a romantic B&B so that you can visit part of the wineries Saturday and part of them on Sunday and enjoy a leisurely ride through the Irish Hills and up into the Jackson area. The hours for this event are Saturday from 11:00 – 6:00 and Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 regardless of each wineries individual tasting room hours.
** Flying Otter Winery will not be participating in this event**
Art Along the Trail
May 5th & 6th, 2018
If you love art, wine and food – this event is for you! This is a self driven tour and we suggest that when choosing your itinerary, you consider staying at one of the many B&B’s or hotels in the area so you can take your time over the course of two days and enjoy all nine wineries along the trail. When you arrive at your first winery you will “check in” and pick up a souvenir glass that you will use throughout your tour. Each winery will be featuring a “new release” wine paired with a wonderful food selection and you will receive five additional wine samples too! The wineries will also have some type of artist (possibly musicians, poets, sculptors, book writers and more).
Ticket sales end at Midnight on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 or when sold out.
The official hours for this event are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday regardless of each wineries individual tasting room hours.