The 25 wineries in Leelanau County, Michigan, produce fine, award-winning white and red wines. Leelanau’s wineries are set in the rolling countryside near Traverse City. Their many views of Lake Michigan make wine touring a major Northern Michigan attraction and a memorable part of a vacation.
Whet your appetite for Leelanau Peninsula wines with this video, then scroll on to plan you tour of wineries in Leelanau County, Michigan.
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.
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 Vineyards
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.
56 S. French Rd., Lake Leelanau, 231.994.2147
A new boutique winery featuring white, red and sparkling wines and local food. The tasting room is outfitted with Old World charm. 7788 E Horn Dr., Lake Leelanau, 231.994.3188, auroracellars.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three Fires Wine & Skipping Stone Cellars
Views, vines and great wines. Tasting rooms open year round. Located in the heart of Leelanau wine country: M22 at Hilltop Rd., 5046 S W. Bay Shore Dr., Suttons Bay. 231.620.9463, threefireswine.com
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.
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.