We always have FREE wine tastings for a few samples.
All 30+ wine varieties are open on the 2nd Saturday of the month for guests to try — FREE — (limited to 10 samples by law)
Outside of 2nd Saturdays, private tastings can be scheduled for groups of 10 or more... just CONTACT US!
Our wines are reasonably priced, and are based on the cost of fruit. Prices range from $5.95 per bottle (Apple & Apricot) to $21.95 per bottle (Black--OMG--Raspberry).
Clay Avenue Cellars makes numerous varieties of fruit wines. Our wine is filtered and has no added sulfites. Our fruit is obtained from area growers; most of whom are within 30 miles of the winery. We are lucky to be located in the fruit belt of Michigan!
Our wines are made to keep the flavor of the fruit. Even with 11-14% alcohol by volume, they are smooth and flavorful—because of the generous amounts of fruit used in each batch. We whole fruit brew, rather than juicing the fruit and we never add artificial color or flavor, which often happens with other fruit wine producers.
Hint: If you like wine coolers make your own and avoid the additives and extra sugar of “store bought” coolers. To make your own wine cooler, mix ½ glass of your favorite Clay Avenue Cellars fruit wine with tonic, Sprite or 7-Up. Delicious.
What is wine? --An Ancient Find
The process of fermentation turns fruit into wine. During fermentation, yeast consumes sugar from the fruit juice and creates alcohol.
An ancient Persian fable credits a Princess with the discovery of wine. The Princess, having upset the King, attempted to poison herself by eating table grapes that had "spoiled" in a jar. She became intoxicated and giddy and fell asleep. When she awoke, she found the stresses that had made her life unbearable had disappeared. She shared her new discovery with the King and came back into favor -- (go figure). Note: a female goddess is associated with providing beer to the world. Big score for the ladies!
Bob Rajewski & Garrett Anguilm started Clay Avenue Cellars in 2006, at 611 W. Clay, Muskegon Michigan. By 2008 the winery needed more space and a large cellar was constructed behind the historic gas station to accommodate increased production.
Garrett retired and left the winery in 2012 but he and his wife Lonna’s mark remain on our wine making style.
The Landlord becomes a business partner
Brenda Moore, Bob’s sweetheart since 1996, moved the historic building to save it and thus became the “landlord”. She helped the winery get started and worked with Bob, Garrett and Lonna on weekends and holidays. When Garrett & Lonna decided to retire, she became Bob’s business partner (yikes). Oh, but all is well with plenty of beer & wine in the household.
The Next—and Previous Generation
We anticipate that Bob’s children; Alexandra & Zachery will join us with new ideas and new products. Probably most important in our adventure are the elders who believed in us Ione Magsig (Bob’s mom) and her loving husband David Magsig. Also Lonna’s mother, Barb Scanson staffed the winery during the week in our early days, because the rest of us had to work elsewhere. We thank and love you all!