As our region’s vineyards flourish, Northern Michigan’s wine cellars are keeping up in style and function. Savor this sampler-flight of some of the best!

Into the Barrel

Location: Lake Leelanau | Builder/Designer: Scott Norris Construction

Scott Norris of Scott Norris Construction turned his clients’ vision into reality with this head-turner crafted to hold both spirits and wine. A barrel-shaped ceiling, Chicago brick walls, backlighting on the spirits, wine cradles fashioned from iron rods and rustic handcrafted shelves all combine to make this more than just a wine cellar. Shall we spend the weekend?

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Bedroom Flip

Location: Old Mission Peninsula | Builder: MAC Custom Homes | Designer: Dorina Rudd

ISSUE: What to do with a son’s bedroom when he leaves home? ANSWER: Why, of course, make it a wine cellar!

That’s exactly what these homeowners did. Note the glass wall/ door separation from the wine storage area, the wine barrel tables and custom wainscoting that the homeowner made from wine boxes. The floor is polished concrete and the ceiling is straw plaster for an old-world look. The inset graced with an antique lamp is another fabulous old-world touch. The bonus to this great idea? It’s still their son’s favorite room in the house and where he loves to hang out (with his parents!) when he is home visiting.

Photo by Windborne Studios

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Sip Between Flights?

Location: Leland | Builder: Biggs Construction | Architect: Richmond Architects

This perfectly appointed wine cellar is actually tucked just a half-flight down from the main floor and a half-flight up from the basement level. Ebony Gloss paint by Pittsburgh Paints and intentional lighting keep the spotlight on the wine. The wife found the painting of an Italian village (very fitting in a wine cellar!) at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. The wooden slab embossed with the phrase, “With Good Wine—there should be Music!” is courtesy of the husband who is known for his playlists. The small table, made by Edgework Creative in Columbus, Ohio, is for opening and tasting bottles of wine. The racks have an industrial vibe to complement the home’s similar feel. “The racks are separated into the reachable (help yourself) and the not reachable (Do not make a big mistake!),” says the wife. She also adds that the wine cellar is “intentionally simple,” as the home’s great room and deck with their Lake Michigan views are the preferred places for wine sipping.

Photo by Todd Zawistowski

Photo(s) by Caleb Norris