Lemon Creek was our last stop as we neared the end of our “Wining Around Michigan” excursion.  As promised by our hostess at Oceana, we couldn’t miss the Lemon Creek Winery tasting room as the road we were on practically ran into it.


Before we could do a tasting, Bushmaster had to stop to pet the winery dog, because as everyone who knows him know, he’s “just here to pet all the dogs”.

The tasting room was a satellite location from the Lemon Creek Winery and Fruit Farm located in Berrien Springs.  In existence over 155 years, the farm was the main farm and also the largest fruit farm in the area.  During our conversations with the hostesses, I discovered there was a great likelihood that my Great-Grandfather, who was known to travel and work in vineyards and orchards and who was working in Berrien Springs when he passed away, may have been employed by Lemon Creek.  That’s another research project for me in the future.  But for now, it’s on to the wines!

From their extensive wine list, we selected the following to sample:

  • Compass Rose – a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir
  • 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz – a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz
  • 2012 Meritage – a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec
  • 2012 Cabernet Franc
  • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Select
  • Grands Lacs Blanc – Vignoles
  • Pheasant Run Red – a red blend aged in stainless steel
  • Grands Lacs Rouge – Chancellor
  • Lighthouse White – a white blend aged in stainless steel
  • Silver Beach Sauterne
  • Lighthouse Red – a red blend
  • Northern Lights – a late harvest Vignoles

We enjoyed all the wines we tried.  Compass Rose was at the top of my list while Silver Beach Sauterne was Bushmaster’s favorite.

The actual winery and farm itself with its market and pick your own options is now on our list for a visit when we return to Michigan.

And if we find we may be retracing my Great Grandpa Charley’s footsteps, that will be an even bigger bonus!