Hessenland Inn & Schatz Winery
The addition of the Schatz Winery to the elegant Hessenland Inn and its dining room and event space has been the culmination of a labour of love for the Ihrig family.
Second-generation owners and innkeepers Frank and Liz Ihrig began work on the Schatz Winery with a micro test plot of grapes in 2015 and have since expanded to a five-acre vineyard with a new winery and retail space. The five acres are now growing varieties of “cool climate” grapes, including Petite Pearl, Marquette, Frontenac Blanc, Frontenac Gris, Riesling and Le Crescent. They are now selling six wines with the distinct terroir of the property’s heritage farm on the shore of Lake Huron. Each of the wines is named to keep the love of family and the foundation of Hessenland in mind. The name “Schatz” is a German term of endearment and reflects the passion of the family that has created this estate.
Hessenland has long been known for its charming inn with modern amenities, expansive gardens, beautiful saltwater pool, private beach access and a creative dining experience. It is one of the finest resorts in Huron County for weddings, special events or just a weekend getaway. The Coach House is a converted barn structure, complete with stone walls and exposed barn boards.
With the indoor restrictions in place due to COVID-19, hosting dining and tastings in the vineyard or on the outdoor patio in this idyllic setting is not too much of a hardship. Chef Frank offers a European-inspired menu with local ingredients. Come for the schnitzel, stay for the wine!
For reservations and to learn more about the COVID-19 policies and procedures, visit the inn’s website at hessenland.com.