Mary was born and raised on a farm on the south side of Holland where her love of the outdoors was born. My fondest memories of growing up were riding our horses, picking blueberries and just working on the farm. Working for many years in the medical billing field and raising a family along with many moves finally brought me back to the farm.
In 2012 Mary & Dale began their journey of building a vineyard and in 2017 began work on the Tasting Room. Through much “sweat equity”, long hours, and a few setbacks the dream has finally come true.
The tasting room is set to open Spring 2020 and will be serving wines made from grapes grown on the Estate.
Stop by and see Mary and Dale, look around the farm and relax, have a beverage, leave the stress behind.
"The first time I saw Stoney Ridge a relaxed, comfortable feeling came over me. I felt that I had returned home. A farm is where my heart is."
Dale was farm born and bred in Greenville. His career path was centered around the tool & die business and he owned multiple business in the industry for 30+ years.
As a hobby he began making wine in the basement some 20+ years ago, like most home wine makers some of it was drinkable and some was drain able!!
In 2005 he had advanced to purchasing grapes from SW Michigan vineyards crushing, desteming, pressing, & aging in oak. After extensive research on growing wine grapes in Michigan we set off on our search of which
varieties would grow the best on the "RIDGE", We felt that the Grand Rapids market was truly a area that needed not only tasting rooms but also need to become established as a wine region with working vineyards. After all the "RIDGE" area is known as the premier fruit growing area in Michigan so why not "Wine Grapes".
We had watched the Stoney Ridge farm for about 6 years before purchasing it. It was always a dream to make this farm a vineyard and Dale and Mary made that dream come true in 2012.
We are excited for your Visit to see us in Grand Rapids wine country!