Tiers of growing grapes and intertwining vines greeted me as I pulled into one of Suttons Bay’s most picturesque properties. Even living conveniently close, I still find myself appreciating the beauty and vastness of Black Star Farms every time I visit. From the gorgeous Inn to the outdoor tasting area, I assumed I knew everything I needed to about Black Star Farms—little did I know, I was barely scratching the surface.
My visits typically consisted of a few friends, some wine flights, photos in front of the Inn and then discussing which Leelanau Peninsula winery to stop at next. I had no idea what truly went into each glass of wine sitting in front of me. That all started to shift as I was greeted by Kimberly Zacharias who has worked for Black Star Farms for more than 14 years. She coordinates winery promotions, events and essentially serves as the face of the winery as an ambassador at restaurants and retail stores across Michigan. And today she would also serve as our estate and winery tour host.
Kimberley laid out the itinerary for us and we quickly headed out to our first stop—the gorgeous vineyard we first saw when entering the property. As we walked through the many rows of grapes, she talked about the history of the winery, this year’s grape growing conditions and upcoming events (rumor has it, Yoga in the Vines is coming soon!).
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Next, we headed to the Inn at Black Star Farms, which is typically only accessible to inn guests or wedding and event attendees, however, they make a special exception for estate and wine tour guests (an added bonus of doing this tour!). We also stopped by the Centennial Barn, production area and wine cave where we learned more about how they make, age and bottle all 45 of their unique wines and spirits.
After an hour of touring this iconic 160-acre estate, we were ready for our informative wine and spirits tasting, led by our jack-of-all-trades hostess. Once again, I was greeted with a wine flight, but this time I knew the hard work, dedication and process behind each and every sip. From wine connoisseurs to wine newbies, this tour is truly friendly for all.
Ready to Experience the Black Star Farms Estate & Wine Tour?
Black Star Farms Estate & Wine Tours will be hosted weekly throughout the summer and fall, ending in October. Tour groups are currently limited to six people but will continue to grow up to 10 as the season continues. View information on the upcoming wine tours and grab your ticket today before they sell out.