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Did you know that there are over 34 wineries in the Traverse City area spread out between the Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas?!?!?

To help make your planning a bit easier, all the info you need about the area wineries on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula is below and the next step is to figure out what Brew Bus you want to take on your Traverse City wine tour!

We recently caught up with a representative from the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and they answered some questions about their wineries and the region to get you excited about your next trip.

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Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula

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Click to visit each winery’s website on Old Mission Peninsula for more information!

1 – Black Star Farms 6 – Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery
2 – Mari Vineyards 7 – Bowers Harbor Vineyards
3 – Hawthorne Vineyards 8 – Chateau Chantal
4 – Peninsula Cellars 9 – 2 Lads Winery
5 – Chateau Grand Traverse

Bonobo Winery is also on the Old Mission Peninsula, but not a member of WOMP®. Directions to Bonobo.

Q: What makes Northern Michigan a unique region for producing wine?

A:        The location of Old Mission Peninsula near Lake Michigan and amidst East and West Grand Traverse Bays serves us well. The microclimate that is created by the surrounding waters has always made our region a great one for producing a wide range of fruits and vegetables, including grapes. These large bodies of water stay warmer into the fall, which prolongs the growing season. After winter’s retreat, the bays remain cool in spring, fending off damaging frost, which allows for optimal conditions for the grapes. While we are a cool climate, we have a long enough growing season and heat gain to ripen the Vinifera species of grapevine, allowing us to produce wonderful whites and reds.

Q: Why should people serious about wine make the Traverse City area a must-visit destination?

A:        The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula are a must-visit destination as they are located on the 45th parallel, the same that threads its way through some of the world’s greatest wine regions including the Bordeaux and Cotes du Rhone regions of France, Italy’s Piedmont region, and the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Old Mission Peninsula’s stunning appellation and proximity to Lake Michigan provide not only an ideal climate for growing varietal wine grapes but a breathtaking travel destination as well. The characteristics of the area’s microclimate result in the production of award-winning Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Gewurztraminer, sparkling wines, and wines.

Q: What are three lesser-known facts about the NM wine region?

A1:      Northern Michigan is the only wine destination in the United States, possibly the world, that incorporates the two peninsulas (Leelanau and Old Mission).

A2:      Northern Michigan’s wine growing region is located on the 45th parallel, the same as other world-class wine making regions like Bordeaux, Italy’s Piedmont, and Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

A3:      The microclimate of Northern Michigan’s wine growing region result in the production of award-winning Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cab Franc, Gewurztraminer, and sparkling wines, and the prestigious ice wines.

Q: When is the best time to visit the area for wine enthusiasts?

A:        There really isn’t a bad time to visit the area. The wineries tend to see more visitors during the summer and fall months. For a more relaxing visit, and the possibility of conversation with the winemaker, an off-season visit is recommended.

Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail Wineries

Q: What makes NM a unique region for producing wine?

A: In Michigan, we’re lucky to have the massive waters of Lake Michigan, which provides ideal growing conditions that aren’t typically found in cool climates. The eastbound breeze from Lake Michigan creates a lake effect that moderates temperatures throughout the year. Since water heats up and cools down slower than land, the cool breezes during the summer moderate warm temperatures. In the fall, warm breezes extending the grape growing season a few weeks longer. Because of this, Northern Michigan’s growing conditions are literally like nowhere else in the world.

The cool-climate wines grown in Northern Michigan are clean, crisp and balanced boasting real flavors that represent the true character of the varietal. And, Michigan produces a wide variety of wines ranging from very sweet to dry, including renowned European vinifera varietals – like Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio – in addition to sweet wines, interesting blends, ice wines, fortified wines and more. There is no doubt that there is something for everyone in Northern Michigan.

What is best about Northern Michigan wines, beyond the ideal growing conditions for quality wines and the wide variety of wines produced, is the hardworking men and women who produce them. There’s something special about the laid-back, down-to-earth people of Northern Michigan and the wines produced reflective

Q: Why should people serious about wine make the Traverse City area a must-visit destination?

A: Traverse City’s wine country is a must-visit destination on its own for its quality wine, hospitable people and the beautiful region as well as having been named “One of the Top Three Regions to Watch” by Touring & Tasting, “Wine Regions on the Rise” by Wine Enthusiast and more.

Then, a top travel destination like Traverse City is quickly becoming one of the top foodie towns in the country and one of the top brew scenes and a year-round wonderland of fun outdoor activities. The region has been named “One of the Best Beaches in the World” by National Geographic, “America’s Favorite Beach Towns” by Travel & Leisure, the “Greatest Midwest Town” by Midwest Living, one of the “Most Beautiful Towns in America” by Condé Nast Traveler… the list goes on and on.

But once again, it comes right back down the to laid back, sown to earth people that greet guests with friendly faces and greatly hospitality.

Q: What are three lesser-known facts about the NM wine region?

A: 1) Northern Michigan’s wine region is a half-a-century old.
2) Along with sweet whites, Northern Michigan is producing myriad award-winning reds and dry
whites that successfully compete with renowned wine regions across the country.

3) Northern Michigan’s wine region hosts three American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), designated
by the federal government as a unique wine grape growing region: Leelanau Peninsula, Old
Mission Peninsula and Tip of the Mitt.

Q: When is the best time to visit the area for wine enthusiasts?

A: Anytime of the year is great to visit Northern Michigan wineries, with each season offering a bit of a different experience.

Visiting wine country in the winter and spring is a great time for wine enthusiasts who really want a more intimate experience with their wines. With more elbow room at the tasting bar, guests will get one-on-one attention to taste and learn about the wines and how they were grown, quite often by the winemaker himself pouring wines into your glass. In the winter, a wonderland of beautiful, snow-covered land allows for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing through vineyards and between tasting rooms.

Summertime is a great season to explore wine country with the added fun of outdoor activities, especially beaches and watersports, and visiting quaint villages with great local fare and shopping. Guests can take a wine tasting bike tour with a guide to experience wine country from a whole new perspective.

Fall is the peak season when the busyness of a lively harvest creates an exciting and festive atmosphere in the air. Touring wine country during the fall color tour is an added bonus as Northern Michigan boasts one of the most beautiful fall color places to tour in the world.