Four Loops for Wine Touring Northern Michigan

The Traverse City region is blessed with two wine-producing peninsulas—a delicious fact that makes wine touring Northern Michigan an enormous vacation attraction.

Leelanau Peninsula (Leelanau County)  is the larger of the two, boasting some 25 wineries. Old Mission Peninsula may be small but its wine and its scenery are equally mighty. Use this guide to help you savor Northern Michigan wine country.

Wine Touring the Leelanau Peninsula

These three loops (running south to north along the Leelanau Peninsula) help facilitate a day of wine touring guaranteed to make lovers of food and drink smile.

Sleeping Bear Loop

(Named for its proximity to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore)

Cherry Republic Winery

Cherry wines crafted from local orchards, amid a garden setting both relaxing and fun. 6026 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor, 231.334.3150, cherryrepublic.com.

Longview Vineyard and Winery

In-town tasting room in Cedar displaying plenty of best of class awards. 8697 Good Harbor Trail, Cedar, 231.228.2880, longviewwinery.com.

Bel Lago Vineyard and Winery

Beautiful lake views showcase carefully crafted European varietals. 6530 S. Lake Shore Dr., Cedar, 231.228.4800, bellago.com.

Chateau Fontaine

Sophisticated wines served up in a friendly setting that pays homage to the locale’s French roots. 2290 S. French Rd., Lake Leelanau, 231.256.0000, chateaufontaine.com.

Good Harbor Vineyard

Friendly tasting room boasts a longtime growing legacy and one of the largest pinot grigio plantings in Michigan. 34 S. Manitou Trail, Lake Leelanau, 231.256.7165, goodharbor.com.

Laurentide Winery

56 S. French Rd., Lake Leelanau, 231.994.2147

Northern Loop

Boathouse Vineyard

Sip the award-winning Boathouse Red from an Adirondack chair on the waterfront. Corner of St. Mary’s Street and M-204. Lake Leelanau. 231.256.7115, boathousevineyards.com.

Verterra Winery

By boat or by car, sample the 16 wines and assorted ciders on tap at a tasting room just off the Leland River. 103 E. River St., Leland, 231.256.2155, verterrawinery.com.

Gill’s Pier Vineyard and Winery

Award-winning boutique vineyard keeps the approachability of a local winery. 5620 N. Manitou Trail, Leland, 231.256.7003. gillspier.com.

Good Neighbor Organic Vineyard and Winery

Organic cider’s the focus, complemented by fruit wines and table blends. 9525 Engles Rd., Northport, 231.386.5636, goodneighbororganic.com.

Leelanau Wine Cellars

Sip regional favorites, 35 years and counting, in a tasting room perched over glittery Omena Bay. 5019 N. West Bay Shore Dr., Omena, 231.386.5201, leelanaucellars.com.

Silver Leaf Vineyard and Winery

Small batch wines are oak mellowed and hand bottled and corked. 11061 E. Silver Leaf Farm Rd., Suttons Bay, 231.271.3111, silverleafvineyard.com.

Raftshol

Reds are a good bet at this winery, first in the area to specialize in Bordeaux varietals and red vinifera grapes. 1865 N. West Bay Shore Dr., Suttons Bay, 231.271.5650.

Tandem Ciders

Sip hard cider that tastes like an apple straight from the tree in a setting as friendly as a neighborhood pub. 2055 N. Setterbo Rd., Suttons Bay, 231.271.0050, tandemciders.com.

Forty-Five North Vineyard and Winery

Popular wines like 45 Red and Peach Crémant served in a post-and-beam barn tasting room. 8580 E. Horn Rd., Lake Leelanau, 231.271.1188, fortyfivenorth.com.

Blustone Vineyards

This newcomer is notable for its light-filled tasting room and the double gold won for its first unoaked chardonnay. 780 N. Sylt Road, Lake Leelanau, 231.256.0146, blustonevineyards.com.

Grand Traverse Bay Loop

French Valley Vineyards

119 N. St. Joseph St., Suttons Bay., 231.941.7060.

Boskydel Vineyard

Leelanau’s original and still humble winery, specializing in hybrid varietals. 7501 E. Otto Rd., Lake Leelanau, 231.256.7272, boskydel.com.

Black Star Farms

Award-winning wines pair with an inn, creamery and farm-to-table dinners at this agri-tourism leader. 10844 E. Revold Rd., Suttons Bay, 231.994.1250, blackstarfarms.com.

L. Mawby

World-class bubbly is what you’ll find here, where only sparkling wine is sold. 4519 S. Elm Valley Rd., Suttons Bay, 231.271.3522, lmawby.com.

Ciccone Vineyard and Winery

European-style wines and Old World tasting room sit atop a hill delivering gorgeous lake views. 10343 E. Hilltop Rd., Suttons Bay, 231.271.5553, Cicconevineyard.com.

Willow Vineyard

Gorgeous West Bay views set the stage for the tasting of small production artisan wines. 10702 E. Hilltop Rd., Suttons Bay, 231.271.4810, willowvineyardwine.com.

Chateau De Leelanau Vineyard and Winery

Wines and ciders are made from fruits grown in longtime family orchards and vineyards. 5048 South West Bayshore Dr., Suttons Bay, 231.271.8888, chateaudeleelanau.com.

Shady Lane Cellars

Award-winning wines served up in smart and beautifully renovated fieldstone chicken coop. 9580 Shady Ln., Suttons Bay, 231.947.8865, shadylanecellars.com.

Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill

Refined winemaking and organic and biodynamic growing practices appeal to the wine aficionado—and others. 9720 Center Hwy., Traverse City, 231.946.2764, Brengmanbrothers.com.

For more information about wineries in Leelanau County, Michigan, go to lpwines.com.

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Touring the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City

With just two thoroughfares—Peninsula Dr. and M-37—running the length of its 18-miles, finding your way to the seven wineries on Old Mission is simple.

Two Lads

Vintners Cornel Olivier and Chris Baldyga have made a name for themselves teasing out delicate, nuanced flavors from sustainably grown wines. The Two Lads’ state-of-the-art facility specializes in cool-climate reds, sparkling wines and small-batch whites. 16985 Smokey Hollow Rd., Traverse City, 231.223.7722, 2Lwinery.com.

Chateau Chantal

This Old World–inspired winery and B&B sets on a hilltop, affording gorgeous views of grapevine-trellised hillsides and Grand Traverse Bay. Live jazz Thursday evenings; look for special tours and treats in honor of the winery’s 20th anniversary, July 6–20. 15900 Rue de Vin, Traverse City, 800.969.4009, chateauchantal.com.

Bowers Harbor

Sample this boutique winery’s award-winning varietals in a casual tasting room near Bowers Harbor Park. Don’t miss the signature meritage blend, 2896 Langley Vineyard. 2896 Bowers Harbor Rd., Traverse City, 800.616.7615, bowersharbor.com.

Brys Estate

The luxe tasting room here is a perfect complement to vintner Coenraad Stassen’s sophisticated wines. Artful reds, crisp whites and a lovely brick patio for enjoying the scenery. 3309 Blue Water Rd., Traverse City, 231.223.9303, brysestate.com.

Chateau Grand Traverse

This winery helped put Michigan on the map for world-class wines. Showcasing fine reds, whites, rieslings and specialty cherry wines. 12239 Center Rd., Traverse City, 231.223.7355, cgtwines.com.

Peninsula Cellars

A historic one-room schoolhouse serves as the tasting room for this family-run winery. The line here includes a selection of memorable fruit wines made from tart cherries, sweet cherries and apples. 11480 Center Rd., Traverse City, 231.223.4050, peninsulacellars.com.

Black Star Farms Old Mission

The cool atmosphere at this tasting room includes a cozy fireplace and a bar made of wine barrels. Try award-winning wines and brandies from the onsite distillery. 360 McKinley Rd., Traverse City, 231.944.1300, blackstarfarms.com.

Caution:

While wine tasting is not the same as wine drinking—but all those little sips can add up. When planning to visit multiple wineries in a single day, remember to nominate a designated driver, or book a bus or group tour. For a list of recommended shuttle services, visit the Wineries of Old Mission website. wineriesofoldmission.com.

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