If you haven’t yet experienced the viticulture of Northern Michigan, pair your Traverse City Film Festival 2013 visit with a taste of exquisite wines and breathtaking vineyards located mere miles from Traverse City. Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau County have become internationally known for their award-winning wines. Winemakers here specialize in light-bodied whites, ice wines, and summery reds and rosés, so your palate will thank you as much as your eyes do as you take in the spectacular scenery of Northern Michigan wine country. Take a drive up M37 on Old Mission Peninsula, named this year by USA Today as one of the “10 Most Beautiful Coastal Drives in North America.” As you hug the curves of the many brilliant blues of the bay, crest over rows of cascading vineyards, and gaze at expansive vistas of water and sky, be sure to stop off at tasting rooms such as Chateau Chantal, Chateau Grand Traverse, and 2 Lads Winery for the full wine culture experience. The scenery of Leelanau Peninsula is equally breathtaking, with its rolling hills, historic farms, and Lake Michigan panoramas. Here, you can sample wine from some of the area’s best wineries, including L. Mawby, 45 North, Black Star Farms and Ciccone Vineyards. For downtown tastings between films, check out Left Foot Charley, located in the Grand Traverse Commons, or attend a Traverse City Film Festival 2013 party, where you can sip the best in local wines amid the excitement of Traverse City Film Festival 2013. For more about Northern Michigan wine visit the MyNorth Wine Guide.