Written by Ryan Younger
Love may be blind, but the producers of the top 10 Netflix series weren’t when they chose a location in southwest Michigan as the setting for one of their episodes.
Lemon Creek Winery appeared in Berrien Springs in the final season of Love is blind: after the altar, which premiered on Netflix last Friday and is currently the eighth most popular program in the world. The episode was filmed in March, and shows Lemon Creek as the stars of the reality show enjoy a wine tasting.
The cast and crew of 35-40 were filming for about four hours, which translates to about seven minutes of showtime inside the winery, Kate Lemon of Lemon Creek said. The cast came in the Baroda trailer at Fruitful Vine Tours, and got the full southwest Michigan wine tasting experience, according to Lemon.
“It’s kind of big for our small area,” said Lemon. “I think it shows that our region has really advanced on a national scale that Michigan wines are no longer ‘poo.’ Going to a Michigan winery is as acceptable on TV now as going to a California winery. That’s probably the coolest Something for us and for the region.”
Lemon also made sure to feature Fruitful Vine owner Dan Madden.
“He did a great job accommodating everyone on the show and did most of the backstage work,” said Lemon. “It’s one of the biggest and best restaurants in the area and caters to true wine drinkers.”
One of the ring’s signature wines was Lemon Creek’s Blanc De Blanc dry champagne, but a little bit of everything was served to the staff, from pinot grigio to cabernet sauvignon. Lemon said some of the cast and crew bought some bottles before they left.
There has also been a marked increase in interest, both locally and across the country. Since the premiere last week, Lemon said there have been a number of orders coming in from across the country, including from California. The locals were also calling and emailing the winery to make sure their eyes weren’t deceiving them.
“We are, in fact, the ones who are singled out,” Lemon said. “It was fun seeing the domino effect. … This show could have gone anywhere.”
For her part on the show, Lemon said that fame seems odd, but she’s thrilled to represent the region. Founded in 1855, Lemon Creek is an area known mostly for its beaches and fruit production for generations.
“It’s exciting to let the world know [about this region]Lemon said. “I think in the last five years, the coast of Lake Michigan has really become a destination now not only for people of Chicago or Detroit, but for people all over the country. I think they realize that we have these pristine beaches and crystal clear waters and wineries and breweries and everything else. It has finally made its way. across the US to be a great place to travel. It’s kind of cool to watch the tide turn.”
(Images courtesy of Lemon Creek)