It's Partner Winery Wednesday! Each week, we'll be highlighting a different Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room partner winery. Today's is Sandhill Crane Vineyards, located in Jackson, on the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail.
This trail is a great one to visit as a day trip, since it's only about 60-90 minutes outside of Metro Detroit. Besides the winery and an expansive wine list to taste from, SCV has a café that serves dishes made from local ingredients, an outdoor patio and an event space. Throughout the year, they host tons of events and festivals.
Here's a bit about SCV, direct from them:
At Sandhill Crane Vineyards, we feel pretty strongly about how we make our wine. We use only local grapes and other fruits, we make all the wine ourselves in our cellar, and every batch is handcrafted with love and care. The results speak for themselves -- the most gold medals and the greatest number of medals of any winery in southeast Michigan.
It's a little bit of wine country in SE Michigan! We'd love to have you visit us for wine tasting soon. The winery is located in eastern Jackson County, about 35 minutes from Ann Arbor and Lansing, and an hour west of Detroit. The winery in Jackson is open year 'round. We feature wine tasting bars, our café, gift shop, and winery tours. Just drop in during our open hours and we'll take it from there. All tastings are $5 per person.
Family owned and operated, Sandhill Crane Vineyards uses only the finest local produce for our handcrafted wines, made right on the premises. Our winemaker is known for her wide range of clean, rich, complex wines. Made lovingly in small batches, the tasting list includes well-balanced acidic white wines, rich reds, flavorful fruit wines, and delicious sweet-tart dessert wines.
Our café offers terrific freshly made soups, salads, sandwiches, appetizers, and desserts. The best way to taste wine is with food, and all our menu items are wine friendly. From homemade soups to crunchy paninis with warm, savory fillings to our freshly baked cookies, there's something on the menu for everyone.
At MBTB Tasting Room, we typically carry five to eight wines from our partner wineries at any given time. SCV wines currently on our tasting menu (as of Oct. 29, 2014) are:
- Night of the Living Red
- Rhapsody in Red
- Sur Lie Chardonnay
- Raspberry Dessert Wine
- Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
- 840 Port-Style Wine
We also have various SCV wines available by the bottle for take-home purchase that aren't on our tasting menu, including Revenge of the Living Red, Pinot Noir, Sassy Rosé and more. We also can order wines from SCV and have them delivered here at no charge to you, so long as they're still available at the winery. There's no minimum order size, either!
For more info on Sandhill Crane Vineyards, visit their website.