Meetings and Special Private Events
Business or non-profit groups sometimes enjoy an offsite meeting spot to clear out the cobwebs and refresh the spirit. What better setting then a vineyard with a beautiful view and indoor and outdoor meeting space? Or think of a fun event like a Private Trivia Tournament, Murder Mystery Dinner, or host a social event in our tasting room or the pavilion for larger groups with entertainment, inflatables and food by our caterer. What we currently host is listed below, give us a call if you have a new idea you’d like to try- email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 309-645-5054 to check with our Event Coordinator.
Trivia Game Tournaments– Players can match their wits in a strictly for fun game of trivia. Teams can be a maximum of four players (less if you’re REALLY, REALLY SMART). It is about a 2-2 ½ hour time period for the trivia game. There are eight categories and a tie-breaking ninth when needed. Catering can be used for this event or teams can bring their own light snacks and treats. The tasting bar is open for wine tasting and we serve wine, beer, sodas, bottled tea and bottled water. The game is hosted in the tasting room and is $10 per person for a party during business hours with a minimum of 36 players or a maximum of 60 players. After hours parties have the $10 per person fee plus the additional after hours room rate applied.
Murder Mystery Dinners– Murder Mystery Dinners can be hosted by private groups in our tasting room. We have a selection of different shows through UPstage Productions. Fees for the dinner and drama are based on the group numbers with a group of 55 or more guests at $50+tax per person, if 54 or less guests there is a flat fee of $2935.90. The Murder Mystery Dinner usually takes about 3 ½ to 4 hours. During the first part of the event the tasting bar is open for wine tasting flights and throughout the evening the tasting bar is open for sales of wine, beer and soft drinks. The caterers provide tea and coffee for the meal and dessert service. *Advance notice of at least two months is needed to schedule a private Murder Mystery Dinner.
Drum Circle- We can arrange for your group to relax and learn the basics of drumming on a Djembe drums provided by instructor Natasha Greene. Maximum size of 20 participants per group and scheduling available subject to instructor availability. Pricing is based on needs of group and other activities like a wine tour and tasing or chocolate and wine tasting can be added to the drumming sessions.
Musical and Specialty Entertainment and Rentals– We hire many bands throughout the spring, summer and fall for our Concerts in the Vineyard series Saturday evenings and for our Festivals. If you are hosting an event here and would like musical entertainment we can recommend or hire a string quartet, guitarists, a harpist, a D.J’ and Classic Rock, Blues, Jazz or Country Bands for your event. We also have access to other local actors, magicians and other performers that can make your event a unique experience. Pricing is done on an individual basis for these bookings.
Inflatables– We have access to a company that can provide inflatables for corporate and family picnics as well as a large inflatable movie screen that can be used at the lake gazebo with yard and deck seating for guests. Pricing is done on an individual basis for rentals.
Pavilion Rental for Large Group Events– We have a large pavilion that is used from May through October for wedding receptions as well a corporate parties and reunions. The building can seat up to three hundred guests for a seated formal dinner function. The pavilion sits in the vineyard area with views of our lawns, lake and gazebos. Pricing for the pavilion is based on the number of people and the length of time the group hosts the event. Fees and available dates are available upon request
After hours Tasting Room Rental– to reserve the tasting room for before or after business hours for a party.
Sunday through Thursdays it is $375+tax for three hours for the main tasting room, patio or deck areas.
Fridays and Saturdays are $475 for three hours for the main tasting room, patio or deck areas.
*We don’ t rent the tasting room on Saturday evenings from June to September because of our band nights. Open hours are listed on our website: www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com.
**Tour and Tastings and Chocolate and Wine tastings can be scheduled after normal business hours with the per person fee applied in addition to the room rate.
Food Service or Catering– The Catering Company is the official caterer for the vineyard and they provide a broad range of menu options to fit any taste or budget. We can arrange for box lunches, buffet style or table service meals upon request. A favorite evening dinner in the warmer months is a cookout on their big grill for large groups or small dinners. They can be reached directly with questions on menus and pricing at 309-678-9000. Please ask for Earl or Donna List.