Whether you’re sipping responsibly at a local vineyard or supporting Northern Michigan winemakers by shopping online, we have plenty of recommendations for tasting your way through Leelanau Peninsula wineries this summer.
Black Star Farms // 2017 A Capella Pinot Noir
The A Capella name is reserved for Black Star Farm’s finest wine; only two other vintages have earned the title (2007 and 2011). Cherry and pomegranate meld with subtle wood spice, accentuated by extended aging in fine French barrels
Blustone Vineyards // 2019 Latitude
Blustone added two wines to their lineup: the 2019 “Blu Secco,” a modern expression of a classic Prosecco, made of 50 percent glera and 50 percent pinot gris; and Latitude, a blend of pinot blanc, grüner veltliner and sauvignon blanc. Zesty and well-structured, Latitude is punctuated by Leelanau minerality and palatable acidity.
Chateau Fontaine Vineyards & Winery // 2017 Woodland White
This dry, crystal clear table wine is made from a grape varietal called Auxerrois, French for “Wine of Kings.” Strong fruit characteristics of peach, green apple and melon will pair well with your next picnic.
Good Harbor // 2018 Pinot Noir Zweigelt
The only wine of its kind in Michigan, these two grape varieties were crushed and fermented together. Darker tones of the Zweigelt develop a richer tone in the pinot noir, and the pinot noir lends an aromatic lift to Zweigelt’s subtle presence. This blend features notes of strawberry, currants, white pepper and eucalyptus.
Rove Estate // 2019 Sauvignon Blanc
Released at the end of June, this refreshing sauvignon blanc features aromas of a spring meadow and nectarine, complemented by notes of mouthwatering grapefruit, zesty lime and a lingering, subtle kiwi finish on the palate—perfect for summertime sipping.
Verterra Winery // 2019 Rose of Merlot
Verterra recently released three French-style dry rosés: rosé of pinot noir, rosé of cabernet franc and rosé of merlot, the latter of which is new for the winery. Produced from vinifera grapes, this elegant, light pink wine has notes of strawberries and cherries with a smooth finish.
45 North Vineyard & Winery // 2019 Bubbly Rosé
This 100 percent pinot noir rosé features bright cherry, strawberry, raspberry and cloves on the nose. Cherry cola flavors typical of Northern Michigan pinot noir are highlighted by the fresh burst of bubbles.