20+ Leelanau Wineries for a Northern Michigan Wine Tour

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

Amoritas

6701 E. Duck Lake Rd. | Lake Leelanau

One of the area’s newest wineries, Amoritas is known for its food-friendly white wines.

Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery

6530 S. Lake Shore Dr. | Cedar

The beautiful views of Lake Leelanau inspired the name of this family-owned winery.

Boathouse Vineyard

115 N. St. Mary’s St. | Lake Leelanau

Sip the award-winning Boathouse Red from an Adirondack chair on the waterfront. (Dock your boat!)

Chateau Fontaine

2290 S. French Rd. | Lake Leelanau

Sophisticated wines are served up in a friendly setting that pays homage to the locale’s French roots.

Cherry Republic Winery

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.

Good Harbor Vineyards

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.

Laurentide Winery

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.

Soul Squeeze Cellars

105 E. Phillip St. | Lake Leelanau

Find dry wines and hard ciders at this new tasting room. 

 

Northern Loop

45 North Vineyard and Winery

8580 E. Horn Rd. | Lake Leelanau

Popular wines like 45 Red and Peach Crémant are served in a post-and-beam barn tasting room.

Aurora Cellars

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.

Baia Estate

110 Waukazoo St. | Northport

Sip Italian-style wines at the new tasting room, which shares a space with New Bohemian Cafe.

Blustone Vineyards

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.

French Valley Vineyards

1338 N. Pebble Beach Dr. | Suttons Bay

A waterfront tasting room with incredible views of West Grand Traverse Bay. 

Green Bird Organic Cellars

9825 Engles Rd. | Northport

The region’s only certified-organic vineyard, also serving beer, cider and spirits. 

Leelanau Cellars

5019 N. West Bay Shore Dr. | Omena 

Sip regional favorites in a tasting room perched over glittery Omena Bay.

Nathaniel Rose Wine

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.

Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery

11087 E. Silver Leaf Farm Rd. | Suttons Bay 

Small batch wines are oak mellowed and hand bottled and corked.

Tandem Ciders

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.

Verterra Winery

103 E. River St. | Leland 

Taste wines and ciders at the tasting room just off the Leland River.

Grand Traverse Bay Loop

Black Star Farms

10844 E. Revold Rd. | Suttons Bay

Award-winning wines pair with an inn, creamery and farm-to-table dinners at this agri-tourism destination.

Ciccone Vineyard & Winery

10343 E. Hilltop Rd. | Suttons Bay

European-style wines and Old World tasting room sit atop a hill delivering gorgeous lake views.

Mawby Vineyards

4519 S. Elm Valley Rd. | Suttons Bay 

World-class bubbly is what you’ll find here, where only sparkling wine is sold.

Rove Estate

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.

Shady Lane Cellars

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. 

Two K Farms

3872 S. W Bay Shore Dr. | Suttons Bay

Sip cider and wine on the front porch with views of West Grand Traverse Bay.

Willow Vineyard

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.

Brengman Brothers

9720 Center Hwy. | Traverse City 

Refined winemaking and organic and biodynamic growing practices appeal to the wine aficionado—and others.

Glen Arbor Wines

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. 

M-22 Tasting Room

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. 

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