The handful of wineries in Petoskey and Harbor Springs offer a variety of strong whites, select reds and a spectrum of fruits wines—all in all, fine Tip of the Mitt bottlings to complement the Northern Michigan wines of the well-established vintners in Traverse City and the Leelanau Peninsula. Visit the following wineries during your Northern Michigan vacation in Emmet County, and find their products at wine shops and grocery stores throughout the Great Lakes State.
Located 5 miles northwest of downtown Harbor Springs and within the idyllic culinary compound of Pond Hill Farm, the Harbor Springs Vineyard and Winery’s trio of crisp whites (riesling, chardonnay and pinot gris) pair well with Pond Hill’s best-selling hot garlic pepper jelly. Sip at your leisure from the winery’s woody tasting room and tour the farm afterwards—just make sure to greet to the portly pigs lounging outside the barn/foodstuffs emporium. 5581 S Lake Shore Dr., Harbor Springs, 231.526.3276, HarborSpringsWinery.com.
Specializing in wines made from cold-hardy grapes grown north of the 45th parallel, Pleasantview’s wines are—according to vintner Jerry Perrone—”tart, crisp and have a fast finish.” And with a sterling pedigree of eco-conscious grape growing, Pleasantview’s offerings are good on your palate and good for the green earth. Check out the B&B for inexpensive, off-the-beaten-path lodging. 6769 Pleasantview Rd., Harbor Springs, 231.526.8100, PleasantviewWinery.us.
Nestled near Crooked Lake and 20 minutes northeast of Petoskey, Crooked Vine focuses on juicy, cold-hardy reds, like Marquette and chancellor noir, yet also delves into the world of whites with a frontenac gris made from grapes grown in Michigan vineyards. Keep an eye out for their estate-grown varietals—plantings took place in 2013—and visit Crooked Vine’s cozy, rustic, chandelier-adorned tasting room in the meantime. 8370 Lakeview Rd, Alanson, 231.881.6582, CrookedVineWine.com.
Mackinac Trail Winery’s downtown Petoskey tasting room is within reach of the Gaslight District’s shops and eateries, while their production facility/tasting room on US131 allows visitors to get up close and personal with their recent plantings and winemaking processes. With it’s roots set in Manistique, Michigan, Mackinac Trail expanded to their new spaces to accommodate the company’s rapid growth, which was due in part to the winery’s expansive menu stocked with quality reds (notably syrah and cab franc), whites and fruit wines. Downtown tasting room: 200 Howard St, Petoskey, 231.487.0075. Vineyard: 3423 US131, Petoskey. MackinawTrailWinery.com.
After a life’s worth of conventional farming on a plot of land 5 miles southwest of Petoskey, the Dennis family has turned to cold-hardy grapes—Marquette, frontenac, La Crescent and others—to serve as the foundation for their homegrown Walloon Lake Winery. Open for tastings. 3199 Intertown Road, Petoskey, 231.622.8645, WalloonLakeWinery.com.
With red and white cold-hardy hybrids flourishing at Seasons of the North’s two Northern Michigan vineyards—one next to their Indian River tasting room, the other about 10 minutes away in Afton—expect wines inspired by the surrounding scenery (for instance: River’s Edge, a dry white made from Cayuga grapes) from this small, lakeside winery. 9090 W M-68 Hwy, Indian River, 231.548.1280, SeasonsOfTheNorth.com.
With a storied history of growing cherries in Northern Michigan, the vintners at Royal Farms bring fruit-infused reds and whites to your table along with classic ciders. Make a day of it at Royal Farms: tour the grounds, nibble some cherry chocolate macaroons, and wash it all down with one of Royal’s homemade wines or ciders. 10445 North US 31, Ellsworth, 231.599.3222, RoyalFarmsInc.com.
A newly built, barn-inspired tasting room complete with exposed beams and rustic decor looms above a softly sloping glen in which recently planted vines are taking root. Stop in to sip on their late harvest riesling or chardonnay, or take a vicarious trip to Spain with a glass of their Love Sangria. 3720 Atkins Rd, Petoskey, 231.290.9463, PetoskeyFarms.com.