Sip a glass of wine at one of the Leelanau Peninsula’s nearly 30 wineries and tasting rooms with their watery views and gorgeous settings and you’ll see why USA Today readers voted the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail #2 in the entire country. But this American Viticultural Area (AVA) is more than just a beautiful face. Grapes thrive in this microclimate buffered from frosts and debilitating heat by Lake Michigan and inland lakes. The complex soil—a tapestry of clay, sand and glacial till—creates complex flavors that a handful of talented winemakers at Leelanau wineries are turning into national and international award-winning wines. From the light, stone fruit sweetness of a riesling to the elegant notes of a pinot noir, Leelanau’s wines are world-class.
The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail (the marketing organization for the wineries) makes it simple to plot your route by mapping the wineries into three loops: Sleeping Bear, Northern and Grand Traverse Bay. The organization’s website keeps you abreast of all the many fun events happening in wine country from January’s Sips and Soups (soup and wine pairings at the wineries) to September’s Harvest Stompede, a run (or walk) through the vineyards. The site also has extensive information about chauffeured tours (DDs being so important!) and wedding and other group events at the wineries. Find tickets for Leelanau wine events at MyNorthTickets.com.
Sleeping Bear Loop
6701 E. Duck Lake Rd. | Lake Leelanau
One of the area’s newest wineries, Amoritas is known for its food-friendly white wines.
6530 S. Lake Shore Dr. | Cedar
The beautiful views of Lake Leelanau inspired the name of this family-owned winery.
115 N. St. Mary’s St. | Lake Leelanau
Sip the award-winning Boathouse Red from an Adirondack chair on the waterfront. (Dock your boat!)
2290 S. French Rd. | Lake Leelanau
Sophisticated wines are served up in a friendly setting that pays homage to the locale’s French roots.
6026 S. Lake St. | Glen Arbor
Cherry wines are crafted with produce from local orchards and served amid a garden setting that’s both relaxing and fun.
34 S. Manitou Trail | Lake Leelanau
This friendly tasting room boasts a longtime growing legacy and one of the largest pinot grigio plantings in Michigan.
56 S. French Rd. | Lake Leelanau
The family-farm turned boutique winery specializes in cool weather varieties. Fitting, since the winery is named for the Laurentide glaciers that swept over the landscape 10,000 years ago.
105 E. Phillip St. | Lake Leelanau
Find dry wines and hard ciders at this new tasting room.
8580 E. Horn Rd. | Lake Leelanau
Popular wines like 45 Red and Peach Crémant are served in a post-and-beam barn tasting room.
7788 E Horn Dr. | Lake Leelanau
A boutique winery featuring white, red and sparkling wines and local food. The tasting room is outfitted with Old World charm.
110 Waukazoo St. | Northport
Sip Italian-style wines at the new tasting room, which shares a space with New Bohemian Cafe.
780 N. Sylt Road | Lake Leelanau
This winery is notable for its light-filled tasting room and the double-gold won for its first unoaked chardonnay. The outdoor fire pit is perfect for cool evenings.
1338 N. Pebble Beach Dr. | Suttons Bay
A waterfront tasting room with incredible views of West Grand Traverse Bay.
9825 Engles Rd. | Northport
The region’s only certified-organic vineyard, also serving beer, cider and spirits.
5019 N. West Bay Shore Dr. | Omena
Sip regional favorites in a tasting room perched over glittery Omena Bay.
1865 N. West Bay Shore Dr. | Suttons Bay | 231.271.5650
Reds are a good bet at this winery, first in the area to specialize in Bordeaux varietals and red vinifera grapes.
11087 E. Silver Leaf Farm Rd. | Suttons Bay
Small batch wines are oak mellowed and hand bottled and corked.
2055 N. Setterbo Rd. | Suttons Bay
Sip hard cider that tastes like an apple straight from the tree in a setting as friendly as a neighborhood pub.
103 E. River St. | Leland
Taste wines and ciders at the tasting room just off the Leland River.
Grand Traverse Bay Loop
10844 E. Revold Rd. | Suttons Bay
Award-winning wines pair with an inn, creamery and farm-to-table dinners at this agri-tourism destination.
10343 E. Hilltop Rd. | Suttons Bay
European-style wines and Old World tasting room sit atop a hill delivering gorgeous lake views.
4519 S. Elm Valley Rd. | Suttons Bay
World-class bubbly is what you’ll find here, where only sparkling wine is sold.
7007 E Traverse Hwy. | Traverse City
Perched at 1,100 feet, Rove has the highest elevation of any vineyard in Leelanau County, offering stunning panoramic views.
9580 Shady Ln. | Suttons Bay | 231.947.8865
Award-winning wines are served up in a beautifully renovated fieldstone chicken coop. This setting is unbelievably beautiful.
3872 S. W Bay Shore Dr. | Suttons Bay
Sip cider and wine on the front porch with views of West Grand Traverse Bay.
10702 E. Hilltop Rd. | Suttons Bay | 231.271.4810
Gorgeous West Bay views set the stage for the tasting of small production artisan wines.
More Leelanau Wineries
Several wineries and tasting rooms are not a part of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, but you definitely don’t want to miss them.
9720 Center Hwy. | Traverse City
Refined winemaking and organic and biodynamic growing practices appeal to the wine aficionado—and others.
5873 S. Lake St. | Glen Arbor
Local wines and cider are served up in a relaxed setting with outdoor games, a fire pit and more.
6249 W. River Rd. | Glen Arbor
Grab a seat alongside the iconic M-22 highway and taste several wines developed in conjunction with Black Star Farms.