Winemaker’s Private Tour and Tasting
We welcome limited visits to our gated estate for a tour and tasting. Being a small operation, our hours are consumed with the demands of the vineyard and winery – as it should be! You can taste the diligence of our labors in the glass.
We’ll take time off to join you ourselves during the hours of 10:00AM – 4:00PM each Friday, Saturday or Sunday from April 15 – September 15. Please make an appointment request by contacting us. We prefer groups of 6 adults or more, so if your group is fewer, we may combine you with another appointment. Kindly consider that Winery Estate tours are not suitable for younger children.
You will walk the estate trails and through the vineyards hearing the story of the vines and our work amongst them. The tour will culminate in the winery where you’ll see the wines in process and taste 5 samples of the finished wine paired with a tasting of local bread and cheeses. Winery discounts on purchases of 6 bottles or more.
$25 (Tour charges are waived for Club members)
Alan, 5 Star Review: This is a must visit for any oenophiles or if you are simply curious about the high potential for Michigan wines. Jim Lester is one of the top winemakers/viticulturists in Michigan and his wines show it year-after-year, weather permitting. His red Shou, a blend in the Bordeaux style, is the best dry red I have ever tasted from our state. It would hold its own against competition from other more famous growing regions, IMHO. Try for yourself and see what you think! He's a great guy also. You won't be disappointed.
Carole, 5 Star Review: Wow! We've had the pleasure of visiting wineries around the world, but never had the experience we had today with the winemaker! I'd give them 10 stars if I could for the experience. And another 10 for the wines. Must do…
James Lester, our winemaker and co-owner, has been growing vines and making wine in Michigan for more than 30 years, and his winemaking philosophy hasn’t changed.
Our production is extremely small, less than 2,000 cases annually. The wine labels, modeled after the Arts and Crafts movement, communicate our philosophy. Both the vineyard and cellar work are done by hand with extreme care and attention to detail. We conscientiously farm our vineyards to produce low yields of intense concentration. Our vineyards are on the organic side of things, but non-certified (diverse ecosystem, no irrigation, no fertilization). Our wines are estate bottled with the labels applied by hand at the winery.
We’ve built a loyal following by focusing exclusively on European grape varieties and techniques. Saying our wines are “impressive for Michigan” is a true understatement. The wines rival those from the great wine regions of the world, hence why it is time to rethink the Michigan terroir.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine: Michigan’s Wine Scene is Full of Potential / June 17,2019
Wine Enthusiast Magazine; New American Vignerons May 21, 2018
Edible Michiana profiles Jim Lester & Wyncroft
June 3, 2016 | International-style wines from Michigan soil
Feature article on Wyncroft in Ohio golf magazine
February 12, 2016 | Chardonnay fan Kurt Wieneke visits the winery and tastes his favorite grape
Paddling down the Muskegon River
August 29, 2015 | Peter Eizel and Allie Merrick enjoy the water and Wyncroft Riesling
Michigan Wine Showcase in Chicago
April 29,2014 | Michigan Wines
Local food, beer, and spirits are trending - why not wine?
August 25, 2013 | Crain's Chicago
You can visit our estate by appointment only, please contact us to set something up. If you have questions of any kind we'd be happy to answer them.