When’s the Best Time for a Wine Tasting?

When’s the Best Time for a Wine Tasting? Kalamazoo, MI

There's no bad time to visit a winery. However, the time of year you visit our vineyards will affect your experience. For example, summer attracts more people to our vineyards for wine tasting tours.

This can be a bad thing for those who wish to avoid crowds, but good for those who want to socialize and meet new people. Before reserving your spot on one of our wine tours, think about what experience you hope to gain.

Continue reading to learn more.


Summer is one of our more popular times for wine tastings. Unlike during other seasons, the grapes will still be growing in our vineyards. This means you'll be able to see first-hand how our grapes are grown before the autumn harvest.

Since summer is a popular season for wine tasting tours, you'll have the opportunity to mingle with more people. This can be great if you want to socialize while making new acquaintances and friends. Wine tastings can also be great for professional mixers, depending on the event.

There's no better time to visit our winery than when the skies are clear and you don't have to worry about catching a chill. Make sure you dress for the weather by wearing light clothes and comfortable shoes.


Fall is when we harvest and crush the grapes to turn into wine, making it one of our busiest (and most exciting) seasons. If you visit us this fall for a wine tasting tour, you'll be able to observe how we turn grapes into some of the best wines in the region. We take great pride in our locally grown wines.

During fall in Michigan, you can expect a slight chill in the air, making it perfect sweater weather. Many people enjoy exploring the castle grounds in the crisp autumn air. If you detest the summer heat, come visit our winery in the fall once the leaves change into spectacular shades of red, orange, and yellow. Imagine getting a wine tour and color tour all at once. That's the magic of an autumn wine tasting at our castle inn.


Depending on how much snow we get, we may have opportunities for wine tasting tours this winter. Our vineyards look simply gorgeous under a layer of pristine snow. Since winter is considered the “slow” season for wine tastings, you'll have more opportunities to ask questions during the tour. Make sure you dress warmly for the tour of our castle inn and surrounding grounds.


May is Michigan Wine Month, which means more people will be on the hunt for the perfect wine. Many people decide to reserve wine tours in the spring when the weather is relatively mild and pleasant. Since Michigan weather can be unpredictable, it's a good idea to check the local forecast before you leave your room at our boutique inn. However, you don't have to be a guest at our boutique inn to try some of our delicious wines.

Henderson Castle offers wine tasting tours in Kalamazoo, taking you behind the scenes at our boutique inn. To reserve your spot on one of our wine tours, call (269) 344-1827.