The Northern Michigan wine scene has expanded greatly outside of the Grand Traverse region. For decades now, Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas have been the beating heart of Michigan’s wine industry. But a new crop of wineries just north of the 45th parallel—that imaginary line connecting the world’s best grape-growing regions, from Bordeaux to Piedmont to the West Coast—is beginning to flourish here in the Mitten. Vintners in Petoskey, Harbor Springs and neighboring small towns are producing strong whites and reds, and a full spectrum of fruit wines that rival those from the peninsulas. Here’s our roundup of the wineries on the Bay View Wine Trail:
Harbor Springs Vineyard & Winery: Located within the idyllic culinary compound of Pond Hill Farm.
Pleasantview Winery: Specializing in cold-hardy grapes.
Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery: Focusing on estate-grown varietals, including whites and juicy reds.
Mackinaw Trail Winery: Tasting room is near the Gaslight District’s shops and eateries.
Walloon Lake Winery: After years of conventional farming five miles from Petoskey, the Dennis family has turned to cold-hardy grapes.
Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery: Enjoy a glass of local wine while taking in a breathtaking view of rolling hills, rows of vineyards and a beautiful Northern Michigan landscape.
Seasons of the North: A small, family owned and operated winery that places an emphasis on local production using unique, high quality grapes.
The Cellars of Royal Farms: Ciders, whites, fruit-infused reds.