Making Tabor Hill Wine

TaborHill_CDS-CDRThe Region

Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant in Buchanan, MI is one of more than 100 wineries located in Michigan. Bordered by the nearby Lake Michigan, the southwestern portion of the state provides excellent growing conditions for wine grapes. Southwest Michigan is the oldest modern commercial grape region in the state and is home to more than half of the state’s wineries.

Tabor Hill’s property falls in the Lake Michigan Shore grape-growing region, one of four American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in the state. Lake Michigan creates a unique microclimate within the area, providing wonderful growing conditions for the grapes. In fact, the sandy clay soil, rolling hilltops and cool breeze from the lake produce a climate similar to the grape growing regions of Germany and France. Wineries in the Lake Michigan Shore AVA can see a growing season that lasts up to two weeks longer than those located further north in the state.

The Grapes

Tabor Hill was the first winery in Michigan to specialize in vinifera wines. Vitis vinifera is a common European grape cultivated in many varieties, such as Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Other varieties such as Riesling also do extremely well in our cool Michigan climate.

Today, the winery produces over 30 different varieties of wine, ranging from the sweetest whites to the driest reds. Our wines have taken home awards time and again from local, regional and national competitions like the San Diego International, Indy International and Taster’s Guild International wine competitions. Michigan’s Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail is quickly becoming a close competitor to California’s Napa Valley, both in quality and location.