Modern Craft Winery, a Michigan-born winery redefining the wine-making industry is in the process of building a new off-premise tasting room at 882 S Rochester Rd in Rochester Hills. City records indicate that the tasting room is currently applying for licenses.
Modern Craft Winery was established by Tom Nixon, a biosystem engineer who went rogue. After having enough ups and downs in the corporate world, Tom decided to take his future into his own hands and give entrepreneurship a shot. What started as home beer brewing quickly turned into craft wine production due to barriers to market entry-level beers. Soon after, the garage Tom was producing in became Modern Craft Winery’s very first tasting room.
Unlike other wineries that specialize in high-end wines, Modern Craft Winery breaks free from the wine-making traditions and infuses red and white wines with fruit using a unique proprietary process. As a result, Modern Craft wines can be enjoyed by itself or over ice, mixed with other wines, and even mixed with other beverages.
The upcoming Modern Craft Winery will not be providing any food but will have diverse programming engaging the local community. Customers are free to bring their own food into the establishment. The winery will also have an extensive mixology menu for customers to try a new spin on wine through mixology.
“Rochester Hills is already a fantastic area to be part of, but really this time it was [the] people that drew us to Rochester more-so than specifically targeting the area. We are partnered with Kim Battani and Rochester DIY workshops and will offer craft and art classes in a dual wine-tasting room/workshop studio. Partnering with existing businesses that offer mutual benefit is Modern Craft’s position and so we liked the partnership potential.” Tom, the owner, told What Now Detroit in an email.
As of now, Tom hopes to open the doors to the new winery this winter or early 2024.