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Meet the Grape and Grain Team
We are pleased to introduce you to the Grape and Grain Tours team. In the front row: Drivers-Tami, Cara, Kristin, Deb & owner, Grant. Back Row: Owner, Kim & Drivers Bill & Scott.
We have some of the best drivers in the business! Each of our driver/tour guides brings years of experience and their own unique flair and personality to each tour they drive. They are friendly, funny, helpful and courteous. On every tour they will give you some fun facts about the places you will visit, give you recommendations on their favorite wines or help you decide on trying something new. They’ll collect your purchases and make sure they are stowed away and organized on the bus and even be your Papparazzi for the day. You can rest easy knowing that your in good hands with anyone of them.
These 5 star drivers have quite the fan base too. If you don’t believe me just take a look at what some of our past guests are saying about them on Yelp, Trip Advisor and Facebook.
Safety and comfort are priority number one at Grape & Grain Tours. Our 5 star tour drivers go above and beyond for our guests. Just look at their fan base on Yelp + Trip Advisor. Each licensed G&G tour driver is given a background check, drug test, and yearly motor vehicle report review from management. The vehicles they operate are DOT approved, fully insured, and receive routine maintenance and safety inspections. Rest assured, you and your group’s safety and comfort are in good hands. Our drivers help pack up wines, share tid bits of each winery and have been known to take a selfie or two along the way!
90 minutes from Chicago, IL.
45 minutes from South Bend, IN.
3 hours from Detroit, MI.
Hello and welcome to Grape and Grain Tours.
My name is Kim Knuth and pictured here with me is my daughter and business partner, Ashley. I handle the daily operations of the company and Ash’s job is marketing and social media. If you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Yelp then you’ve seen her funny and creative posts.
Having lived in this area our whole lives, we’ve had the pleasure of watching how the wine and brewery industry has had a positive impact on our local economy. You probably didn’t know this, but Michigan is now the 4th largest wine-producing state in the country and ranks 5th in the nation when it comes to breweries. Because of our love for Southwestern Michigan and a need for more tourism in this area, we established Grape and Grain Tours in August 2013.
We consider ourselves to be wine-o, beer-savvy kind-of gals who truly enjoy sharing the inside scoop with folks from out of town and local Michiganders. Being party planners by nature and foodies at heart, we carefully selected a variety of charming locations based on highly rated reviews, exceptional service, and award-winning products. Each of our Michigan tour locations has a unique story to tell so whether you are looking for adventure during your getaway from the city or call Michigan home- we know you’ll love our destinations as much as we do
Please reach out to us via phone or email. We would love to help you decide on a tour that’s right for you and your specific needs. For an additional fee, let us help you customize a private tour, make all the reservations, and design a hassle-free day. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the day.
Cheers~ and happy touring!
Kim & Ashley
UPDATE: 09/01/2019 ~ Ashley has decided to step away from Grape and Grain and focus on other things, like finding a job that pays. Just kidding. She has a full-time job in downtown Chicago which is very demanding and stressful. For her to keep her sanity and my son-in-law happy, she is giving up her duties as social media & marketing coordinator. Who knows, maybe soon she’ll have a baby, quit her job, and decide that she wants to work from home doing social media and marketing for some wine tour company in Michigan. 🙂 Stay tuned
Let me introduce you to our newest team member, Kelly. She’s been a great friend of mine for a long time and has always said if I never needed her that she’d love to work for me. Well, I needed some help and now she is taking over for Ashley as our new Social Media and Marketing Coordinator. For the past 6 weeks, Kelly has diligently been learning all the ins and outs of her new job. If you’ve been following along with us during the holidays, it’s been Kelly’s posts you’ve been seeing. She’s doing a fantastic job so far and I’m excited to be working with her.
Hello…I know it’s been a while since my last post, but I just wanted to pop on here and give you a few updates and tell you about some exciting things happening with us.
Last October I became a grandma for the first time. To tell you I’m over the moon would be an understatement. He’s the sweetest little boy who has brought so much love and joy to our family. We are beyond blessed.
Since we’ve been growing by leaps and bounds over the last few years, we had to hire a few new drivers. Please welcome, Becca, Dean, and Chuck to the family. In total, we have 8 drivers currently and if things keep progressing as they have, will probably be adding a few more next season.
This past May, I was let go from my job that I had worked at for almost 20 years. I was devastated and completely caught off guard by their decision but I took a breath and decided that it was a blessing in disguise. It allowed me the opportunity to re-think what was best for me and freed up my days so I could spend as much time with my grandbaby as I wanted. I also decided that I needed to be in control of the company and went to work on gradually easing my way back into the daily operations of Grape and Grain Tours. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Kelly last month but please know that she is well and doing great.
Since I can’t sit still and have a burning desire to feed people, I started another business called Feeling Grazey. A charcuterie company that specializes in individual boards & boxes that we offer to our guests along with larger customized boards for wedding and corporate events. My website is almost complete and we will be getting a food cart in the near future.
Another exciting thing that we just announced is our new Dispensary tour- Cannabus Brews & Buds tours. This tour originates in New Buffalo and takes you to 3 dispensaries and provides you with a lunch. Check it out on our website, it’s sure to be a huge hit.