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11 scenic Midwest wineries worth a getaway

Plan your next vacation around pours of rosé and cabernet at these remarkable Midwest wineries

By Morgan Olsen
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If your idea of "vacation mode" involves relaxing over a great bottle of wine (or two), why not book your next trip around one of the best wineries in the Midwest? It's not California or Oregon, but the Midwest region is home to some surprisingly excellent pours—whether you prefer sparkling rosé, pinot noir or chardonnay. As an added bonus, all of the vineyards on this list boast remarkable outdoor spaces so that guests can sip and swirl alfresco when the weather allows (some are even situated near hiking trails and beaches). Whether you're a wino in training or you know your gamay from your grenache, these Midwest wineries are ready to fill your glass.

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Best Midwest wineries

Chateau Chantal Winery
Chateau Chantal Winery
Photograph: John Doskoch

1. Traverse City, MI: Chateau Chantal Winery and Inn

Before founding this jaw-dropping winery, couple Robert and Nadine were a priest and a nun, respectively. They both sought new careers before they wound up meeting each other, getting hitched and building a European-style winery in Traverse City. Today, the property spans 65 acres and includes a bed and breakfast with 12 beautifully appointed suites. If you're not staying the night, opt for the Caddy Flight, with three pours served on the spacious East Patio or West Terrace, with sweeping views of the immaculate property.

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Stone Hill Winery
Stone Hill Winery
Photograph: Courtesy Stone Hill Winery

2. Hermann, MO: Stone Hill Winery

The elegant feel of Stone Hill Winery transports guests to a countryside estate somewhere in Europe. Tours run on the hour, but you should really time your visit to the Grapes to Glass VIP winery tour, where you'll get a behind-the-scenes look of the vineyard, presshouse and cellars. Naturally, wine is served along the way, and there's plenty of space outside to sip a glass alfresco before leaving the property.

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2 Lads Winery
2 Lads Winery
Photograph: 2 Lads Winery

3. Traverse City, MI: 2 Lads Winery

This sleek Michigan winery is situated on 58 acres of land, more than 23 of which are devoted to grapes. The makers at 2 Lads specialize in cool-climate red and sparkling wines as well as several whites. The spacious and modern tasting room is the perfect backdrop to savor the fruits of their labor. Sip and swirl the Late Harvest riesling before dabbling in the impeccable 2017 merlot or the complex 2017 pinot noir Cuvée Beatrice.

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Black Star Farms
Black Star Farms
Photograph: Tom Balazs at Two Twisted Trees

4. Suttons Bay, MI: Black Star Farms

Get a room! This Kentucky-homaging estate doubles as a massive winery and a bespoke 10-room inn, where guests are treated to house wine, gourmet breakfast and evening happy hour. Beyond the main attraction (reds, whites and everything in between), Black Star Farms is surrounded by 3 miles of hiking trails, paved biking paths that lead to other wineries and plenty of nearby beaches.

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Hartland Winery
Hartland Winery
Photograph: John Rossignol

5. Ashley, IN: Hartland Winery

The tagline at this small Indiana winery reads "Small Batch and Handcrafted," which is more of a mission statement than an operational standard. Alan Lockhart started making wine back in 2006 with no real intention of ever opening a winery, but when the ameateur winemaker started entering competitions, the awards rolled in. It would take another seven years to create the winery of his dreams, complete with a tasting room and a patio made for sipping chenin blanc and Chalet Reserve, a full-bodied red blend aged in bourbon barrels.

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von Stiehl Winery
von Stiehl Winery
Photograph: Courtesy von Stiehl Winery

6. Algoma, WI: von Stiehl Winery

Wisconsin's oldest licensed winery boasts over 40 wines to taste in its Civil War-era building and dreamy outdoor terrace that's often vibing with live music when the weekend rolls around. The vineyard is located 6 miles north in Door County, where three French-hybrid grape varieties deliver fruity, semi-sweet rosé and dry, citrus-packed pinot grigio. Don't leave without trying von Stiehl's Cherry Bounce, a sweet blend of cherry brandy and cherry wine that smacks of Door County's favorite fruit.

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Schram Vineyards
Schram Vineyards
Photograph: Courtesy Schram Vineyards

7. Waconia, MN: Schram Vineyards

If you've got winos and beer nerds in your group, this is the place to go. Husband-and-wife team Aaron and Ashley Schram opened this brewery-winery combo pack back in 2013, and they've been pouring boozy beverages ever since. With 5 acres of outdoor seating in addition to an indoor tasting room, Schram deals in tastings and tours. Sip gewürztraminer, oaked chardonnay and sparkling rosé before diving into a beer flight with styles that range from American blonde ale to Minnesota IPA.

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Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery
Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery
Photograph: Courtesy Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery

8. Spring Valley, MN: Four Daughters

Like its name suggests, this winery belongs to a couple and their four daughters who work together to produce and sell vino—talk about a family business! The expansive estate houses a 6-acre vineyard, a decidedly modern tasting room and plenty of outdoor space with a sprawling patio. When you tire of Four Daughters's wine (impossible, really), switch to their Loon Juice hard cider or a pour of bourbon, crafted from the corn that grows in the fields that surround the vineyard.

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Oliver Winery & Vineyards
Oliver Winery & Vineyards
Photograph: Courtesy Oliver Winery & Vineyards

9. Bloomington, IN: Oliver Winery & Vineyards

One look at the lush garden that encompasses this Indiana winery, and you'll probably ask if you can move in. Do the next best thing and book an alfresco picnic in advance so that you can sip wine and nosh on charcuterie in the serene outdoor space. Pop a bottle of sauvignon blanc, pink moscato or orange blossom-scented mead; by the end of the day, you'll probably join the winery's club to keep the party rolling all year.

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MAWBY Winery
MAWBY Winery
Photograph: Michael Pooehlman

10. Suttons Bay, MI: MAWBY Vineyards

It's all about the bubbly stuff at this vineyard situated on the Leelanau Peninsula, which is dotted with plenty of other wineries if you're looking to explore. The area's cooler growing season promises wines rich with acidity, and MAWBY's pours range from a ripe brute rosé and a semi-dry sparkling cider to a floral cuvée. But no trip is complete without a glass of Sex, a rosé sparkling wine that's bursting with ripe, red fruit aromas and a smooth, rounded finish.

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Lynfred Winery
Lynfred Winery
Photograph: Courtesy Lynfred Winery

11. Roselle, IL: Lynfred Winery

Located less than 30 miles from Chicago, Lynfred is equipped with a four-suite bed and breakfast, so you don't have to go far when you've had your fill of vino. The remarkable property has indoor and outdoor space, where guests can taste their way through the storied winery's portfolio—from merlot and syrah to viognier and chenin blanc. Psst! In addition to wine, Lynfred also bakes and sells loaves of bread (like red cheddar and garlic) that go fast—snag yours Friday through Sunday.

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