Simple beginnings, warm summer afternoon dreamings and a vineyard inspiration comes to fruition.............
Rooster Ridge has been a dream come true for Vintner and owner, Tim Felt and his wife, Julie. Establishing the vineyard has progressed slowly over the last ten years, but some ideas are worth the wait. Tucked into the countryside of Oceana County, approximately 5 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan, Rooster Ridge will dazzle you with its parklike setting. Everything you see has been painstakingly created by the owners over the course of the last decade.
Rooster Ridge Vineyards' name sprouted from a whimsical story, predating the decision of the owners to start their own vineyard. It all began with 100 day old pheasant chicks ordered throught the US Postal Service and delivered to a "well heeled" subdivision. These young chicks were soon moved to a country pen, so they could become independent and be released on what is now Rooster Ridge Vineyards.
Life is tough in the wild and, ultimately, only two pheasant roosters survived and took up ownership of the 30 acres. The hard toil of the Felt's was noted by the two confident roosters who never gave up ground but simply staked their claim to the land with 2 sharp "arrghk, arrghks".
The name celebrates the cocky gumption of those roosters who demanded to know "Who are you and what are you doing on my land?"
All our wines are fermented from RRV grapes, grown on the estate. Our wine is bottled at Rooster Ridge Vineyards and sold through our tasting room located in Blue Heron Barn, on the estate grounds.
We have red and white varietals. Baco, Geneva Red and Coret Noir are the basis of our red wine offerings. Our whites include Vignoles, Cayuga White and, limited Riesling in the future.
See For Yourself
Katie says that the vineyard is magical and enchanting. Come and see for yourself.
Follow our progress as we ramp up to open the late fall of 2019.