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What Makes a Good Winery Tour?

Updated: Oct 25, 2019


For the wine aficionados in Michigan, it’s the best time to be alive. The ‘Great Lakes State’ is home to some of the most celebrated wineries and vineyards in the country and has enjoyed a long tradition of tours where visitors get to sample and savor award-winning wines. With the growing interest in wine tours in Michigan, multiple tour operators have cropped up all promising a unique experience to wine enthusiasts. Here are a few things you should know before you go on your wine tour in Michigan.


Book the Wine Tour in Advance



Don’t underestimate the popularity of wine tours in Michigan. Whether you are already lucky enough to be living here or just visiting, wine tours around the Michigan state come highly recommended and many folks prefer to book their tour weeks in advance. In other words, attempting to make last minute reservations could lead to disappointment.


Furthermore, wine tours in Michigan have limited availability, which means most tours work on a first-come-first-served basis, especially during peak season. It’s recommended to book your wine tour at least six months in advance.


Tour or One-on-One



Contrary to popular belief, going on a wine tour in Michigan all by your lonesome isn’t the right way to experience wine tasting. When it comes to visiting wineries or vineyards, it’s always best to go with a tour operator who specializes in wine tours.


While some people might want to have a one-on-one experience while touring a winery, the truth is, wineries are the least personal place to visit mainly because large wineries usually prefer entertaining large crowds of visitors at a time. So, going along with a tour operator means you will not only have an incredible experience, but you will also get to know valuable insights on the wineries you are visiting.


Taking Snacks Along



Whether you are living in Michigan or just visiting, going on a wine tour usually takes the whole day. Not only is it wise to take along snacks so that you don’t starve, but lining your stomach has been found to enhance the tasting experience.


This is also why wineries often offer snacks and local delicacies to visitors. But, just in case, you would want to take along a few snacks with you that you can have in between wine tasting. If you’re lucky, some wineries also offer a full five-course meal that’s paired with some of their best-selling wine.


It’s Okay to Take the Kids

While wine tours are associated with tasting a lot of different wines that will more often than not leave you feeling a bit tipsy, it’s alright to take the kids along for wine tours in Michigan. This is because a wine tour can make for a great family outing. But, before you do, it’s best to contact your tour operator to find out whether they host children. There are also many wineries in Michigan that host family-oriented activities as well which can keep the kids involved while you sample the different wines that are on offer.


For more information on how you can turn your wine tour in Michigan into an unforgettable experience contact Coastal Tours today.


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