Unique Wine Grotto Coming to Saint John’s Resort in Plymouth Township

Saint John’s Resort in Plymouth Township will open its new Wine Grotto on Sept. 21, part of the facility’s multi-million-dollar renovation.
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Built in the lower level of the former Saint John’s Provincial Seminary, the Saint John’s Resort Wine Grotto blends old-world refinement with the energy of a modern, sophisticated lounge. // Photo courtesy of St. John’s Resort

Saint John’s Resort in Plymouth Township will open its new Wine Grotto on Sept. 21, part of the facility’s multi-million-dollar renovation.

The new wine bar is designed to provide guests with an “unparalleled experience of luxury and leisure, complemented by an enchanting ambiance that evokes the timeless allure of an underground wine cave,” according to resort operators.

“The Wine Grotto is a testament to our vision of creating a truly exceptional wine program that not only delights our guests but also serves a higher purpose,” says Eric Djordjevic, assistant managing director at Saint John’s Resort.

“Our frequently rotating wine list features top-tier wines, such as the highly coveted Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, which is unique for metro Detroit. The Grotto’s wine selection and Coravin preservation system redefine the wine experience, making it a top wine destination in the region.”

The Wine Grotto’s design is intended to blend old-world refinement with the energy of a modern, sophisticated lounge. Built on a former seminary, the space features restored Romanesque arches, reminiscent of European wine cellars, and has been enhanced by a mother-daughter painting duo.

At the heart of the wine bar stands a grand, central bar, creating the mood for intimate conversations. The grotto’s long “royal table” can be discreetly closed off, offering a private dining experience for events and gatherings.

The Wine Grotto, a visionary project, was curated by the Saint John’s Resort sommelier team of Eric Djordjevic, Kristen Carlson, and John Cooke.

The new wine bar will feature a rotating wine list of more than 150 labels ranging from $40 to upwards of $1,500, allowing guests to explore obscure wine regions, savor unique varietals, and find comfort in tried-and-true selections. Seasonal offerings and monthly features will ensure the wine list remains fresh and in tune with global wine trends.

Operators say its “innovative use” of the Coravin preservation system, allows guests to enjoy wines by the glass or half glass. This unrestricted “have-a-taste” philosophy is believed to be unparalleled in the metro Detroit area and provides wine enthusiasts and curious diners an opportunity to savor premium wines in which they might not typically indulge.

In addition to its wine selection, the wine bar will feature an array of crafted cocktails, highlighting local growers and importers for items such as spices, juices, and garnishes. The cocktail list adds a seasonal flair to classic concoctions including Pisco Sour, Classic Hummer, and The Last Word, an ode to the original cocktail developed at the Detroit Athletic Club — it includes gin, green chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and fresh lime juice. The space also will serve non-alcoholic drinks, including matcha, ginger, and turmeric nootropics, an antioxidant-based herbal remedy.

The Wine Grotto will complement its libations with a menu curated by Saint John’s Resort Executive Chef Terence Tarver. It will include snacks such as Shishito Peppers and Truffle Fries, to sharable plates including Original Detroit Sliders, Fresh Burrata with drunken grapes, and Chicken “Lollipops,” as well as an array of flatbreads and a cheese and charcuterie selection.

Saint John Resort’s Pastry Chef Kaitlyn Huber will offer a dessert menu including a Brachetto Wine Float, Raspberry Red Wine Red Velvet Cake, and a Chocolate “Charcuterie” Board that features assorted chocolates with sweet and salty selections.

Saint John’s Resort is part of The Pulte Family Charitable Foundation’s “Humanitarian Hotels” strategy, which undertakes initiatives for employees, guests, and their communities to serve those in need. All of the resort’s net profits are dedicated to supporting educational and humanitarian endeavors in metro Detroit and around the globe.

For more information, visit saintjohnsresort.com.