Wineries in Traverse City and Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan, flourish due to the tempering effects of Lake Michigan, the soil of glacial till, the hills and ridges that let air and water flow across the land—it all adds up to a climate and place just right for growing some of the world’s classic wine grapes. Taking a day to savor the wines and the gorgeous landscape of Traverse City and Old Mission Peninsula is a delightful Northern Michigan vacation attraction (designated driver recommended) that delights food and drink lovers.
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Wineries on Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wineries in Traverse City
This “all ages” tasting room and shop celebrates the Cherry Capital’s namesake fruit with a number of cherry wines for adults and cherry sodas for kids. 154 E. Front St., Traverse City, 231.932.9205, cherryrepublic.com.
Left Foot Charley
Find hard cider and great wines at this warehouse-cool tasting room at the Grand Traverse Commons. Don’t miss the live music on the patio or Thursday Happy Hour, featuring ethnic eats. 806 Red Dr., Traverse City, 231.995.0500, leftfootcharley.com.
Taste of Black Star Farms
This intimate space at the Grand Traverse Commons offers samples of Black Star’s signature wines and brandies, plus vodkas and whiskeys from nearby Grand Traverse Distillery. Sweet and savory small plates, too. 800 Cottage View Dr., Traverse City, 231.944.1349, blackstarfarms.com.
Old Mission Traders /Uncorked Wine Bar
Nearly 300 wines from regional wineries can be found at this cherry-themed boutique and wine bar in downtown traverse city. 211 E. Front St., Traverse City, 231.929.3990, thecherrystop.com.
Wine Tour Safety
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.