If you’re looking to visit one of the best apple orchards in Michigan, be sure to plan a visit to Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery in Grand Rapids!
With the emergence of microbreweries and craft beer in West Michigan, proper attention to our wineries and extensive orchards and vineyards has fallen by the wayside.
However, after recently celebrating 110 years of business, Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery, which is located at 3142 4 Mile Rd. NE in Grand Rapids has maintained its strong presence in the area.
History of Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery
The Robinette family purchased the farm where the Apple Haus and Winery are currently located back in 1911. The entire family loaded fruits in their wagon to sell at the Grand Rapids Market on a regular basis as a means of providing for their family, as well as to the community as a whole.
In 1973, the family opened the Apple Haus in order to cater to consumer demand for their services. Since then, the family has continued to run the farm and expand Robinette’s into what currently stands today.
The 125-acre Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery was purchased by Edward Robinette in 1911, when he found the farm while he was visiting a friend in Grand Rapids. When he purchased it, the farm was solely a fruit tree farm made of apples, peaches and Cherries.
The farm still maintains these fruit trees, but has started expanding in 1971 with the Cider mill, followed by donuts in 1972, the Apple Haus and 1973, the gift barn in 1985, and the winery in 2006. Other additions have included pies, lunches, and more added every year.
Robinette’s is now known as a year round destination, offering something to cater to everyone.
Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery provides a number of different products and services to the community from both a business and entertainment standpoint. Different features on Robinette’s farm include an Apple Haus, winery, gift shop, corn maze, hayrides, mountain bike trail, bakery, lunch counter and seating area, cider mill, hiking, and much more.
Robinette’s Winery & Wine Tastings
A large, yet slightly less known, part of Robinette’s is their winery and wine offerings. In fact, the winery offers a wine tasting that features Michigan wines and cider.
Included in this tasting are a souvenir wine glass and tasting sampler which incorporates a taste of five different wines. Additionally, individuals can bring their glass back the next time they visit to receive these tastings complimentary.
Currently, Robinette’s features more than 20 different Michigan-made wines, as well as hard ciders and non-alcoholic raspberry juice for the kids. A few of the newest featured types of wine at Robinette’s are Apple Wine, Peach Spumante, Riesling, and Cranberry. Wine tasting is $9 a person (prices subject to change).
Order Robinette’s Online
An additional perk to the vast amount Robinette’s offers already is their website which features an online store where most of the products featured on the farm can be purchased. Within the online store, individuals can place orders for all sorts of apples from Robinette’s orchard.
In addition, gift baskets are available that feature a number of Michigan-made products, as well as Robinette’s wine, cider, and apples. Some baskets feature goods such as Michigan maple syrup, caramel corn, dried red tart cherries, cherry salsa, fudge, and Michigan maple granola.
Visit Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery in Grand Rapids Michigan
Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery is a great locale for families and anyone else to enjoy the different seasons Michigan offers to us. Visit the Winery at Robinette’s and taste the delicious product of Michigan fruits and berries.
Robinette’s Corn Maze in 2023
Every year, the folks are Robinette’s design a new maze for visitors to explore. This year’s theme is “A-maze-ing Bees”.
At Robinette’s, visitors are welcomed to a buzzing corn maze that celebrates the wonder of nature and the importance of bees. The farm recognizes the crucial role that bees play in sustaining the ecosystem and ultimately, humanity. As guests navigate through the intricate paths of the maze, they will come across fascinating facts about these remarkable pollinators.
Bees are the unsung heroes of agriculture, responsible for pollinating a significant portion of the crops that make up our daily diet. Without their tireless work, many fruits, vegetables, and flowers would cease to exist.
As responsible stewards of the land, Robinette’s is dedicated to providing a safe haven for these indispensable creatures. Visitors are encouraged to explore and appreciate the enchanting world of bees, as protecting them ensures the future of the farm and humanity’s sustenance.
- 2022’s theme was the Big Apple, which has been a fixture on the farm for nearly 50 years. Many visitors love to get their picture taken with the iconic 9-foot apple and the maze will feature a huge apple at its center.
- In a patriotic show of remembrance, Robinette’s corn maze in Grand Rapids showcased an American flag at half-mast to memorialize the 20th anniversary of 9/11 last year.
- In 2020, the maze design honored Jim and Bethel Robinette.
Robinette’s Corn Maze will open after Labor Day. Hours will be 10:00 am with the last entry at 5:00 pm. The cost for the corn maze is $9 per person, ages 3-up. Groups of 15 or more with one person paying are $8 each.
Robinette’s hours vary by season. You can find the current Apple Haus and Winery hours of operation as well as corn maze hours on their website or by calling them at 616-361-7180.
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article contributed by Kristin M. Coppens