The best winery in the Midwest?

West Michigan’s Dablon Vineyards & Winery exceeds expectations
View from the top of a hill at Dablon Vineyard in Baroda, Michigan. June 17, 2023. Photo by Lisa Enos.

A West Michigan winery is in the running for USA Today’s 10Best Tasting Rooms in the country. Nominees were submitted by a panel of experts. USA Today’s editors narrowed it down to a final set and now it’s up to us to vote.

Dablon Vineyards and Winery, located in the hilly terrain of Baroda, is the only Michigan tasting room from the Mitten State to make the list. And for good reason– they do things a bit differently than the others.

Dablon’s tasting room interior. Photo courtesy of Dablon Vineyard & Winery.

For starters, the elegant, yet casual tasting room is a venue fit for connoisseurs and newcomers to the wine scene in that they cater to everyone. The experienced staff is welcoming and will walk you through choices aimed at your specific tastes. With 17 varietals and more than 30 wines from which to choose, you’re certain to find many that will more than meet your standards and some that will knock your socks off!

In addition to making the finals of the 10Best tasting rooms, Dablon was also chosen by Midwest Living as the Best Winery in the Midwest. I had to find out what all the fuss was about, so this past weekend I hopped in the car with my daughter and made the quick drive down. I’ve had my share of Michigan wines, and while there are a couple of whites I would take to any dinner party, I’ve personally found our state’s reds a bit lacking…until now.

Dablon’s Producer’s Cut and Unoaked Chardonnay. Photo by Lisa Enos.

Dablon’s wines surpassed expectations and then some! Dry Reds, un-oaked Chardonnay (that tasted more like a Sauvignon Blanc) and some spectacular out-of-the-ordinary red blends, including a unique Tempranillo Tannat and another must-try called Producer’s Cut were among my favorites.

Dablon is the only tasting room in Michigan to have made the esteemed list. At present (June 19, 2023), the tasting room is in sixth place.

People can vote once per day through noon on July 10, 2023. Vote here.

You might need to take a drive this weekend to experience the tasting room and charming outdoor seating area situated smack dab in the middle of the hillside vineyard, but you only have to go as far as these Grand Rapids area retailers and restaurants to sample the wine.

435 Ionia Avenue SW

Bistro Bella Vita
44 Grandville Avenue SW

Grove Restaurant
919 Cherry Street SE

Forty Pearl
40 Pearl Street NW

New Hotel Mertens
35 Oaks Street SW

1830 Breton Rd SE &

2181 Wealthy Street SE

Bourbon Street Pantry
2234 Alpine Avenue NW

Siciliano’s Market
2840 Lake Michigan Drive NW

Ganders – Double Tree Hotel
4747 28th Street SE

Total Wine & More
4923 28th Street SE

Fowling Warehouse
6797 Cascade Road SE

4455 Breton Road SE

The Copper Vine (Grandville)
5595 Wilson Avenue

Home Run Liquor & Deli (Belmont)
1259 Post Road NE

Pour Michigan (Cedar Springs)
15034 Northland Drive

Showboat Wine & Spirits (Lowell)
213 E Main Street

Frank’s Market  (Grand Haven)
1118 Washington Street

Southtown Market (Grand Haven)
15191 168th Avenue

Spring Lake Fine Wine & Spirits
606 E. Savidge Street

In the Traverse City area? Fresh Coast Market, located at 7270 N. Long Lake Road in Traverse City also sells Dablon.

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