The sommeliers of the recently opened Rogue River Winery, under the management of Jay Johnson, want their guests to learn about and love wine as much as they do, even providing do's and don’ts of wine drinking on their website. They fill appropriate glassware with blends created on the premises, which are perched atop the wooded banks of the Rogue River, and also pour notable wines and sangria from neighboring Michigan vineyards. A tasting room with burgundy walls, a reflective double-sided bar, and soft contemporary lighting welcome guests for leisurely wine-and-cheese tastings, and visitors can also enjoy a spacious outdoor patio. The winery also hosts corporate events, as well as bachelorette parties where brides-to-be can blend their own wine.
12 Corners Vineyards' founding friends all grew up in Michigan. They knew the weather—the way the lake effect keeps everything a little warmer, producing lots of soft snow. They understood the way that microclimate affected the richness of the soil, and how fruit from the region was exceptionally fine. They also shared a passion for wine, which led them to copurchase their own 115-acre estate and begin planting vines. They cultivate riesling, cabernet franc, merlot, and traminette, giving familiar grapes interesting twists by cultivating them in a variety of textured soils and slopes. The winemaker of the group, Glen Greiifendorf, brings out the interesting terroirs in every varietal bottled.
Creamy cheeses and fresh meats are plentiful at Vander Mill, a deli sandwich hub.
Vander Mill is centrally located near many parking lot options.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Vander Mill.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Vander Mill, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
It's definitely about time you visited the delicious deli at Vander Mill to get scrumptious items.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
St. Julian Winery has been producing award winning wines since 1921. St. Julian consultants take pride in educating their customers and guiding them to discover their palate. In addition to wine, we also offer spirits, cider and non-alcoholic sparkling juices. St. Julian is family owned.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
St. Julian Reserve Late Harvest Riesling- Sweet Riesling, very smooth and won an International Double Gold.
Sweet Revenge- this is a sweet red blend made with Concord grapes.
Grey Heron Vodka- Made from grapes, distilled five times, very smooth vodka!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Making wine is an art and a craft. Very interesting to learn about because there are so many different layers to the process.
What do you love most about your job?
Turning "non-wine drinkers" into "wine lovers." We have so many people who stop in who are first time wine drinkers. It is awesome to guide them to their new favorite wine.