Robinettes shines at cider contest

Robinette’s recently competed in the 7th Annual Great Lakes Cider & Perry Competition, sponsored by the Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association (  The competition was held March 23rd and 24th in Grand Rapids, Mich., from which Robinette’s brought home 4 different medals.

At the competition the Barzilla’s Brew Hard Cider received a bronze, the Apple Dessert Wine received a silver medal, the Apple Wine received a bronze medal, and Cyser (fermented honey and apple cider) won a gold medal.

This competition includes categories for both commercial producers (those who may lawfully sell their products) and non-commercial producers (home hobbyists and commercial establishments such as cider mills that press fresh juice but are not licensed to sell fermented products). With 300 entries, the competition is unique in its high level of inclusiveness with fermented products of all kinds are welcome: ciders, perries, meads, beers, and commercial distillates, provided that they are made with apples or pears.

Robinette Cellars began producing its line of hard cider, mead, cyser and wine in January, 2006, and currently has a product list of 19, all made with Michigan fruit. Visitors to Robinette Cellars may visit their tasting bar to try their Michigan wines.

The 125-acre Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery was purchased by Barzilla 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 apple, peaches and cherries.  Currently the farm is owned and run by Barzilla’s grandson Jim, and Jim’s sons and their families.  Robinette’s is now known as a year-‘round destination, offering something for everyone.

Robinettes is located at 3142 4 Mile Rd NE in Grand Rapids. Find them online at –  facebook: robinettes – pineterest: robinettes – twitter: robinettes


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