If it weren’t for a large sign on the exterior of the unassuming building hosting Cascade Winery, it would be very easy to mistake it for another office building. But inside the beige walls lies the winery’s fermentation and bottling center, where guests can sample award-winning wines, learn about the winemaking process, grab food recipes, and create custom bottles for gifts.
Bob Bonga and his family create their vintages with plump grapes plucked from Michigan's local vineyards. Locally harvested fruit adds dimension to the winery's popular fruit wines, such as cranberry and chocolate raspberry. Jalapeño wine adds an unusual kick to pots of chili, which most customers agree tastes better than ground-up spurs.
Through Jaden James Brewery, also onsite, the staff sates the "one half of a couple who," according to Bonga, "says, 'I like beer.'" The family also prepares a short list of snacks for visitors, such as sub sandwiches piled with generous helpings of meat and cheese. In the future, the Bongas may grow their menu further by distilling their own liquors.