This year Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail’s Winter Warm Up is set to take place on January 16, 2016. The event includes Old Mission Peninsula-based restaurants and businesses offering dining and retail specials to participants.
It’s a great way to beat the winter blues and savor a selection of comfort food paired with wine. It’s a duet designed to warm you from the inside out.
Wineries of the Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail
The wine served during the Warm Up is local. Not everyone thinks of Michigan as wine country but a visit to the Old Mission Peninsula includes 8 wineries growing grapes in the rich black soil of the upper Midwest.
For those who can’t make it to the official Warm Up, the wine trail offers the perfect opportunity to combine wine tasting with touring for a memorable visit through the rolling hills of Old Mission.
- 2 Lads Winery: The tasting room at 2 Lads Winery includes a concrete bar that overlooks a sweeping vista of East Bay. Their specialties include small lots of red, white and sparkling wine: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Riesling.
- Black Star Farms: Situated just off scenic M-37 among the peninsula’s rolling hills this winery features stunning views of East Grand Traverse Bay. This state-of-the-art wine-making and distillation facility offers award-winning wines presented with ambiance in a tasting room equipped a fire place and a round bar made from wine barrels.
- Bowers Harbor Vineyards: This family-run boutique winery enjoys panoramic views of Lake Michigan’s historic Bowers Harbor and serves up award-winning wines including Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and meritage blends made from quality grapes grown on the winery’s 43-acre estate.
- Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery: This 91-acre family-owned boutique winery features breathtaking views of East Grand Traverse Bay and features estate-grown Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Merlot Cabernet Franc and ice wine.
- Chateau Chantal: This charming winery also features a luxury B&B that’s opened year round. Here guests enjoy breathtaking views of East and West Grand Traverse Bay.
- Chateau Grand Traverse: This 120-acre estate is the oldest and biggest winery on Old Mission Peninsula. It is internationally known for its outstanding Rieslings. They offer guided winery tours, and The Winery Inn features six guest rooms which overlook the vineyards and Grand Traverse Bay.
- Hawthorne Vineyards: This pristine vineyard is located on 80 acres just four miles from Traverse City on Old Mission Peninsula where it enjoys picture-postcard views of East and West Grand Traverse Bays. Their handcrafted wines include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Lemberger, Gamay, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Riesling.
- Peninsula Cellars: This family owned and operated winery is situated on the 150-year-old Kroupa farm, and their tasting room is located in a renovated 19th century schoolhouse. This winery specializes in Gewürztraminer and Riesling wines and also offer a selection of red, white, and fruit wines.
Tickets go on sale 60 days before the Warm Up event. For the most current information, visit their website.
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