Grand River Cellars’ entrance suits its name: A long driveway leads into a grove of trees where you’ll find the winery proper. The effect is private and rustic, so aim for a coveted seat on the intimate patio where musicians play on weekends (reservations are a good idea). It’s a beautiful setting made all the better because you can order lunch or dinner off one of the largest menus among the local wineries. Decor is dated: Think turquoise chairs, mottled tan wallpaper and faux Italian murals. Long, communal tables cluster around a large brick fireplace. Though Grand River is open year-round and provides a welcome pit-stop for hungry travelers, it’s at its best in the summer when the patio is in full swing.
Grand River does have a wonderful indoor secret, however. Their wine cellar is superb, and it’s only open once a year—for the Ice Wine Festival, which takes place each March. Guests head down a flight of stairs into a dimly lit basement opening up to reveal rows of silver fermentation tanks and wooden casks. All-white twinkle lights provide a delicious ambience for those who want to sip their ice wine at one of the tables there. Ice wine is a treat, and this winery, out of all those on the festival tour, celebrates that aspect the best.