Founded in 2007, the Fenton Winery & Brewery is an award winning and innovative microbrewery and Winery located on the north end of Fenton, MI. There is a public taproom, a sprawling 1.25 acre park-like Wine and Beer Garden, a full service wedding and banquet venue and a retail store for carry-out. Fenton Winery & Brewery strives to strike a balance, brewing both wine and beer with equal intensity.
Matt is an automotive engineer turned wine maker/brewer. A Kettering University alum with a ME degree, Matt is now primarily in charge of all production operations at the FWB. He initially fell in love with the idea of entrepreneurship while earning an MBA at DePaul University in Chicago. The original plan after DePaul was to work up the corporate ladder to eventually manage a manufacturing plant; however, Marketing and Entrepreneurship classes at DePaul changed everything – the idea of starting a small business had been born.
Ginny’s passion is finance. A proud Clemson University graduate with a degree in Finance and investments, she is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). And so she oversees all finance matters as well as the sales side of the business – the marketing, the staff, the atmosphere, etc. She strives to make sure the guests’ experience is always just right.
Creating Fenton Winery & Brewery was the perfect opportunity to combine a shared love of wine and beer with the desire to start and grow a small business.
After 5 years in the strip mall, Matt and Ginny wanted to have their own building, and in 2012, a vacant Fenton Township property was purchased to be outfitted for its winery and brewery operations. Previously a wood working company, the 5 acre property was home to two abandoned buildings. It took several years to renovate and repurpose the property and buildings. A new 7bbl microbrewery system was installed in 2013 to successfully move all beer production with scaled up recipes of many favorites including Staggering Bull Imperial Nut Brown Ale, Eminent Double IPA and Swingin’ Berries. In June 2014, the strip mall location was closed and total operations moved to 1370 N. Long Lake Road. The new public taproom was opened providing an “in-brewery” feel. The open-air brewery provides for outdoor seating and direct access to a wine & beer garden (over an acre!). The front, landmark building, still needed work in order to host banquets and weddings. At the end of 2015, the 280 person facility was finally complete and this all cedar building now provides the perfect backdrop for ceremonies and receptions throughout the year.