In addition to being a writer, I’m also a certified Yoga instructor. Recently I discovered that a wine estate in Southwest Michigan, Dablon Vineyards, hosts a gorgeous Yoga session + brunch in their calm and comfortable tasting room. Laura Gelder, Tasting Room and Wine Club Manager, gave me the details of this morning event that is becoming a tradition for folks near Baroda and visitors to Southwest Michigan wine country.
Dablon’s tasting room is stunning, lots of natural light and rustic materials. This makes for a lovely cocoon for a morning of Yoga and brunch. Visitors can enjoy a sip at the granite tasting bar, but the fire or on the patio overlooking the vineyards (try that in summer, Michigan winters can be nippy). The tasting room also offers a view of the production area, an opportunity to glimpse the winemakers Rudy Schafer and Chad Hartline working with their team.
Dablon is a relatively new estate, originated in 2009 on 44 acres of land, four of which became their first vineyards, planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (a touch of Burgundy in Southwest Michigan). In 2011, Dablon acquired an additional 13 acres and in 2015 the estate opened their tasting room. Currently, Dablon cultivates 28 acres of estate grown grapes.
Aside from the Yoga sessions, Dablon also offers tours and tastings, a book club, feature films, pairing events, Euchre, live entertainment, educational classes, snowshoeing through the vineyards, spa and trivia nights and so much more. It’s this sense of utilizing the tasting room as a community gathering space to learn and relax that caught my eye. As wine-lovers we are always seeking opportunities to expand our experience of life and the Dablon philosophy enriches this value.
I asked Laura for her perspective on what makes Dablon unique:
“I think the main thing that sets Dablon apart from other wineries is that we are growing 100% European varieties such as Tannat, Malbec & Petit Verdot that are not normally grown or produced in Michigan, let alone the United States. Our wine list consists of mainly dry varietals that are estate produced & bottled. All of our wines are hand crafted & small batch.”
Dablon makes a lovely addition to the well-loved Lake Michigan Shore wine country, home to around twenty estates as well as lovely dining, shopping, accommodations and natural environments.
I loved this video, published on Dablon’s website, which takes a look at the winery in the winter. Finding rest and gentle growth during the colder months is natural course for our practice of Yoga, which mirrors the heartbeat of nature during winter:
For a schedule of events, visitor information and a wine list visit Dablon:
Dablon Winery and Vineyards
111 W Shawnee Rd
Baroda, MI 49101
The Yoga class is taught by Maria Rosner, certified Yoga instructor. Maria can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dablon Vineyards for vineyard map & tasting room.
All Yoga + brunch photos are courtesy of Tara at A Daily Dose of Fit. Tara’s blog is all about: “Workouts to healthy meals, fitness facts and fashion to baby blabber—I cover it all as it relates to living the fit life. I am a fitness director, certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, wife and mother.” Thank you, Tara for sharing these gorgeous photos!