Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sandhill Crane Vineyards Begins Construction on Building Expansion

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Sisters Holly Balansag and Heather Price joke that they ran out of room in their Sandhill Crane Vineyard winery building about three weeks after it opened in September 2003. Expanding the building, especially the wine cellar, has been a dream pretty much ever since that time. The dream was finally realized about 2 months ago when the family-run winery near Jackson, Michigan, broke ground on an expansion project that will more than double the existing facility.

On the ground (and sub-ground) floor, the winery operations will more than double in size. The new area, approximately 2400 square feet, will include a cold room, dedicated lab, vintner's office, and wine barrel "cave" tucked under the front porch. The first floor will see an extension of the popular front porch (often used for live music in warm weather) -- wrapping around several sides of the building and overlooking the vineyards. Inside, the 2200 square foot addition will include a cafe' with commercial kitchen along with a large room for cafe' customers, additional wine tasting, winery events, and private parties. The cafe' will be open during normal winery hours and feature local, sustainable comfort cuisine. A second floor cupola will house winery offices.

All businesses connected with the construction project are local. The new cafe' is projected to open in late 2010 or early 2011.

Sandhill Crane Vineyards, 4724 Walz Road Jackson, MI, is a short drive from the Toledo area. It's tTucked in amongst their vineyards in eastern Jackson county. The winery Sandhill Crane Vineyards produces award-winning wines using only the finest local produce. Made lovingly in small batches, the tasting list includes well-balanced acidic white wines, rich reds, flavorful fruit wines, and delicious sweet-tart dessert wines. All wines are made on the premises.

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