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The founder of Arrowhead Vineyards, where Chill Hill grapes are truly family grown and harvested.
Owners of Arrowhead Vineyards and Chill Hill Winery
Seven Generations of grape growing by the Nitz Family
As you drive through beautiful downtown Baroda, Michigan, you'll see a mural of two ladies chillin', dressed in red & white, enjoying a bottle of wine.
Behind the walls of that mural is Chill Hill Winery & Tasting Room.
Chill Hill, the new kid on the block in Baroda, opened in June of 2019 but is no stranger to the area or the industry!
Our family has farmed in Baroda for years.
One thing people don't know about Chill Hill is that my grandma Norma and I, own it as a grandmother, granddaughter duo! You certainly don't hear of that too often, but family tradition; a passion for wine cultivated over generations is the core of Chill Hill.
Less than three miles away from the tasting room is one of the most extensive wine grape vineyards
East of the Rocky Mountains with nearly 400 acres, producing over 30 different varietals of wine grapes.
Arrowhead Vineyard was established by my grandfather, James Nitz & began growing juice grapes in 1970. The farm has been in the Nitz family for seven generations, is one of the oldest vineyards in Michigan, and is now owned and operated by my dad, Dan Nitz.
The vineyard commercially produced juice grapes & wine grapes, sold them to both large & small wine companies for years. Dan knew the industry was growing, changing and wine grapes were the future. A future he was bound to be a part of.
Ever since I can remember, my Dad dreamt about having a winery. He dedicated his entire life to converting the vineyard from juice to wine grapes to pursue that dream. I grew up working on the farm & over the years, that dream quickly became mine, too.
For the last eight years, the we envisioned what the winery would be like; the atmosphere (vibe), the dream location, the name.
We would spend hours talking about every detail of our dream winery during
road trips to Florida, even down to how the billboards would look.
We decided to bring our road trip imaginations to life & I got to work! After receiving my degree in Viticulture and creating the brand that is Chill Hill, I am so proud to say I own & operate a thriving business as a female in my 20's!
I understood that to be competitive with the other wineries in the area, Chill Hill would need to be different. Not everyone enjoys a bottle of wine, therefore cider was added to the menu. Now there's something for everyone.
Chill Hill offers ten ciders on tap & 14 different wine options.
The tasting room is located between two very different parts of the county & perfectly embodies a little bit of both.
Drive 6 miles one way & you're at the Lake Michigan shoreline: sandy beaches, fun in the sun & even more fun on the water.
Drive 6 miles the other way, and you'll see fields, bonfires, and country living.
At Chill Hill it doesn't matter if you're wearing a suit and tie or steel-toed boots.
There is a little something for everyone & everyone is welcome!
Come check out our little slice of tiki-paradise, and you'll see what we're all about.