Wines! 57 Reasons to Live in West Michigan Reason #56. Allegan County, just southwest of Grand Rapids, produces award-winning wines from grapes that are nurtured by the light, beach-like soils and lake effect climate. Wine lovers can follow the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail that winds through scenic rolling hills and valleys. Stop at one - or all - of the 11 wineries along the route for Chardonnay Reserve or Sparkling Riesling.