MyNorth News Service
(Press Release provided by Leelanau Peninsula Vintner’s Association)
LEELANAU PENINSULA: The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail’s Harvest Stompede event is an exciting time to explore Northern Michigan wineries. This Northern Michigan event is set against a backdrop of rolling hills of lush grapevines that cover the countryside providing a stunning backdrop to wine-tasting fun during the weekend wine-tasting event that takes place in Suttons Bay to Leland. that takes place September 12 and 13, 2015 in Leelanau County.
“Harvest Stompede is a great time to explore stunning lush vineyards and beautiful lake views,” shares Lorri Hathaway, director of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. “In addition, guests enjoy delicious wine and food amid the bustling excitement of the approaching harvest.”
Kicking off the festivities is an optional race through the vineyards at 9:00 am on Saturday at Ciccone Vineyards in Suttons Bay. A unique course between rows of grapevines offers an experience like no other for runners, walkers and spectators. The race is designed for serious to recreational runners and walkers with options for a 5K walk, 5K run or 7-mile run.
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“It’s our favorite event of the year,” shares Tony Ciccone of Ciccone Vineyard & Winery. “It’s fun to see so many people race through the vineyards in celebration of the new vintage.” Following the race, guests savor local flavors while enjoying wine and food pairings at 21 wineries along the trail. Tasting hours for the self-guided tour are 11:00 am. to 6:00 pm. on Saturday and 12:00 to 5:00 pm. on Sunday.
Tickets are $40 per person and include a souvenir wine glass and featured food and wine pairings at each of the 21 participating wineries. Food pairings will be announced soon. Find tickets on MyNorthTickets.com. Find lodging packages here. To participate in the race, which is separate from the wine trail event, register online.