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The Story

of a Michigan Winery

The Story

of a Michigan Winery

Our story began thousands of years ago – when glaciers deposited their cargo of stones, rocks, minerals, clay, sand and gravel creating a hilly moraine in Baroda, Michigan. In 2009, we began our portion of the story when we purchased 44 acres of land. We began our vineyard with 4 acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and have continued planting new vines each year. Once home to vineyards of concord grapes, the soils are ideal and the climate conditions are similar to Burgundy and Bordeaux, France, creating a perfect growing area for our viniferous vines. Our location is atop one of the highest points in Baroda, and the moderating influence of Lake Michigan protects from frosts and promotes a long growing season.

Unique to our hilly location, our terraced vineyard blocks are a beautiful sight to be seen. The stone lined terraces ensure proper drainage and prevent erosion while providing a picturesque setting.

Exceptional wine comes only from exceptional grapes. We hand plant each vine and hand-nurture our grapes. Our winemakers combine traditional wine making methods with the latest technological winemaking equipment, crafting wines that are rich, complex, elegant, and full of flavor.

2009
Established

A Nod To

Claude Dablon

Claude Dablon, French explorer and Jesuit priest, was one of the first Europeans to arrive in Michigan when it was still a part of New France in the 1600s. Father Dablon was known for making wine from grapes he found in the New World. It’s our goal to marry European varietals with our unique terroir in Southwest Michigan to make a variety of extraordinary wines.

Our

Wines

Dablon wines are estate grown, produced, and bottled. We also produce and bottle Music Box Wine, named after our sister company, Music Box of Chicago, which owns and operates one of the world’s most beautiful cinemas and distributes some of the world’s best films.

Looking ahead

In 2011, we acquired an additional 13 acres of beautiful, rolling hills in Baroda on Singer Lake Road. We opened our tasting room overlooking the vineyards and our new production facility in 2015 as well.

We added another 10 acres to our estate at the Singer Lake Vinyard in 2016, and an additional 7 acres in 2017. We look forward to continuing our story and welcome you to share in writing your history with us.

With 50 acres of estate-grown grapes planted on our 75-acre farm, we’re proud to be a Michigan winery!

Meet the team

WILLIAM SCHOPF

OWNER & MANAGER

Rudy Shafer

Wine maker

Jason Porter

Assistant Winemaker

Cassondra Rudlaff

Wine Club manager

Amy Schultz

Sales & Marketing Manager

Anna Rafalski

Office manager

Allison Snyder

Tasting Room Manager