Traverse City Wineries: A Wine Tasting Guide

Take a day to savor the local wines and the gorgeous views at these Traverse City wineries and tasting rooms on Old Mission Peninsula and right downtown.

Old Mission Peninsula Wineries

2 Lads

16985 Smokey Hollow Rd., 231.223.7722

Vintners Cornel Olivier and Chris Baldyga have made a name for themselves teasing out delicate, nuanced flavors from sustainably grown grapes. 2 Lads’ modern, state-of-the-art facility specializes in cool-climate reds, sparkling wines and small-batch whites. Meet the two innovators changing the face of Northern Michigan’s wine scene.

Black Star Farms Old Mission

360 McKinley Rd., 231.944.1300

The cool atmosphere of this tasting room includes a cozy fireplace and a bar made of wine barrels. Also be sure to try the award-winning brandies from the onsite distillery. (Have you seen how Black Star Farms gets a full pear to grow in its bottles of pear brandy? Pretty cool!) 

Bonobo Winery

12011 Center Rd., 231.282.9463

Founded by brothers Carter and Todd Oosterhouse, Bonobo Winery offers world-class wines in a rustic, yet elegant atmosphere with a beautiful view of West Grand Traverse Bay.

Bowers Harbor Vineyards

2896 Bowers Harbor Rd., 800.616.7615

Sample this boutique winery’s award-winning varietals in a casual tasting room near Bowers Harbor Park. Don’t miss the signature Meritage blend, 2896 Langley.

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Brys Estate

3309 Blue Water Rd., 231.223.9303

Vintner Coenraad Stassen is known for his sophisticated wines. Sip on artful reds and crisp whites while enjoying vineyard views from the deck. Then explore the seasonal Secret Garden, filled with more than 6,000 lavender plants, a fresh flower garden, strawberry and blueberry patches and an herb garden. (Garden open Memorial Day weekend through November.)

Chateau Chantal

15900 Rue de Vin, 800.969.4009

This Old World–inspired winery and B&B sits on a hilltop, affording gorgeous views of grapevine-trellised hillsides and both east and west arms of Grand Traverse Bay. Treat yourself to a decadent wine pairing dinner on select dates.

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Chateau Grand Traverse

12239 Center Rd., 231.223.7355

Chateau Grand Traverse has been a staple of the local wine industry since its founding in 1974, and helped put Michigan on the map for world-class wines, showcasing fine reds, whites, rieslings and specialty cherry wines. Read on to discover how the winery has become a favorite, locally and abroad.

Hawthorne Vineyards

1000 Camino Maria Dr., 231.929.4206

Only 4 miles north of Traverse City, Hawthorne offers single-estate bottlings and a secluded tasting room overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay.

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Mari Vineyards

8175 Center Rd., 231.938.6116

Sample an extensive selection of wine, including a wide variety of reds unlike anything else in Michigan, while enjoying beautiful views of East Grand Traverse Bay.

Peninsula Cellars

11480 Center Rd., 231.223.4050

A historic one-room schoolhouse (complete with a desk, chalkboard and Honor Roll wine club!) serves as the welcoming tasting room for this Old Mission Peninsula winery. The lineup here includes a selection of memorable fruit wines made from tart cherries, sweet cherries and apples.

Tabone Vineyards

14916 Peninsula Dr., 231.223.4101

Traverse City wineries welcomed the newest tasting room, Tabone, in April 2019. The estate winery grows riesling, pinot gris, chardonnay and hybrid reds (Baco noir, De Chaunac and Maréchal Foch), with a focus on bright, dry, fruit-forward wines.

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Downtown Traverse City Wineries and Tasting Rooms

Left Foot Charley

806 Red Dr., 231.995.0500

Find hard cider and great wines at this warehouse-cool tasting room at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. In the summer, don’t miss live music on the patio.

Cherry Republic

154 E. Front St., 231.932.9205

This “all ages” tasting room and shop celebrates the Cherry Capital’s namesake fruit with a number of cherry wines for adults and cherry sodas for kids. (Plus all the cherry food products you love them for!)

NEARBY: Rove Estate & Brengman Brothers

Note, these wineries are both on the Leelanau Peninsula, but they have Traverse City addresses. So, while you’re in town, check them out. 

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