The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail purchased 65 cases of wine from local wineries to donate to front line workers.


St. Julian Winery & Distillery in Rockford coordinated donations and distributed the wine, along with hand sanitizer, to emergency agencies in Allegan, Van Buren, Kalamazoo and Berrien counties.


The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail is a not-for-profit organization that supports the agri-tourism industry and wineries that are family run and contribute to southwest Michigan communities.


“We hear about the struggles being felt by these dedicated nurses, doctors, aides, first responders and all who are tirelessly working to help those stricken by this pandemic,” said Kathy Sturm, executive director of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail.


Donations of wine came from members of the Lake Shore Wine Trail, comprising: 12 Corners Vineyards & Winery, Baroda Founders Wine Cellar, Cody Kresta Vineyard & Winery, Cogdal Vineyard / Home of Little Man Winery, Contessa Wine Cellars, Domaine Berrien Cellars, Fenn Valley Vineyards & Wine Cellar, Hickory Creek Winery, Karma Vista Vineyards & Winery, Lake Michigan Vintners, Lawton Ridge Winery, Lemon Creek Winery, St Julian Winery, and White Pine Winery.


“What an amazing opportunity to give back to our communities,” said Nancie Oxley, vice president and wine maker at St. Julian Winery. “We are proud to participate in these efforts to recognize the essential workers on the medical frontlines who are faced with the threat of COVID-19 on a daily basis.”