The wineries on Old Mission Peninsula are uniquely situated at the globe’s 45th parallel – the ideal climate for growing varietal wine grapes. International wine enthusiasts have recognized the ten wineries that comprise this stunning appellation for the exceptional quality of their wines. Each of these wineries benefit from the unique protection afforded by the narrow peninsula’s proximity to one of Lake Michigan’s most beautiful bays. In addition to providing stunning vistas, the deep waters of the east and west arms of Grand Traverse Bay serve a multiple purpose: the lingering warmth of the water in the fall helps to starve off early frosts while the bays’ cold spring temperatures prevent premature budding during a warm spring.
The characteristics of this ‘micro-climate’ result in the production of award-winning wines from the dedicated vintners who hone their craft on the glacially formed landscape known as Old Mission Peninsula.
The wineries located on Old Mission Peninsula include:
2 Lads Winery
The 2 Lads Winery is a 10,500 square foot facility located on 58 acres on the Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan. We currently have 23 acres of established vineyards in three separate blocks that were planted in 1999, 2001 and 2008. We specialize in cool climate red and sparkling wines and have small runs of white wines to round out the lot. Sustainably farming our land is paramount to the health of our soil, vines and grapes at 2 Lads Winery. You get what you give!
16985 Smokey Hollow Rd. Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 223-7722 www.2lwinery.com
Black Star Farms
Beginning in 1998, founding partners Kerm Campbell and Donald Coe purchased Sport Valley Farm, a 160-acre equestrian facility, renowned for its palatial red estate house, stables, barns, and outlying paddocks. Upon purchase the partners realized that the farm presented a unique opportunity to create a world class winery and agricultural tourism destination, capturing the essence of the surrounding land and lakeshore.
360 McKinley Rd. Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 944-7702 www.blackstarfarms.com
Bonobo Winery will provide a unique place for an educational and enjoyable tasting, an excellent glass of wine, a small plane masterfully paired with your wine. Promising to be a must seen by tourist, as well as a hotspot for Traverse City locals. Bonobo Winery is a place you cannot wait to get back to, with wines you cannot wait to share, we look forward to seeing you.
12011 Center Rd. Traverse City, MI 49685
(231) 282-9463 www.bonobowinery.com
Bowers Harbor Vineyards
We are a boutique winery located in Northern Michigan on picturesque Old Mission Peninsula. Our cool-climate viticultural experience coupled with our hard work proves to produce superior quality Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and our signature meritage blend the 2896, Langley Vineyard.
2896 Bowers Harbor Rd. Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 223-7165 www.bowersharbor.com
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery
Step back in time and enjoy a Pure Michigan experience when you visit Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, a 91-acre estate on Old Mission Peninsula – reborn. Brys Estate produces small batch, estate bottled wines from their 46-acre vineyard. Sample award-winning wines in the old world tasting room, enjoy a glass of wine on the “Upper Deck” overlooking the vineyard, set up a private tour and tasting in the international barrel room, or book a stay in the private guest house.
3309 Blue Water Rd. Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 223-9303 www.brysestate.com
Chateau Chantal offers a wide variety of fine wines, from very dry to lightly sweet, grown on our Old Mission Peninsula vineyards in Northern Michigan. We also source from a 55 acre vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina where we produce a rich Malbec red wine. In addition, we have our own still and produce an oak aged grape based brandy and cherry based eau-de-vie. Each of our hand-crafted wines is produced under our winemaker’s meticulous supervision from vineyard to bottle. Our vineyard development in Michigan began in 1983 when sweet and tart cherry orchards were replaced with grafted grape vines of the vinifera species – the same type grown along other parts of the forty-fifth parallel. Visit and stay in our year-round 11 room Bed & Breakfast or enjoy a unique Wine Pairing Dinner, Cooking Class, Special Event or Private Tour!
15900 Rue de Vin, Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 233-4110 www.chateauchantal.com
Chateau Grand Traverse
Chateau Grand Traverse was the first winery in Michigan to pioneer the commercial success of vinifera grape growing. We are also proud to be a leader in viticutlural practices and environmental sustainability. As committed stewards of the land, we recognize the importance of the environment and our responsibility to provide for future generations. We focus our efforts in a variety of areas in the vineyards, winery, and community.
12239 Center Rd. Traverse City, MI 48686
(231) 223-7355 www.cgtwines.com
Villa Mari founder Marty Lagina made the (some would say) crazy choice to grow grapes that shouldn’t grow in Michigan, with the belief that he could produce world class wines that otherwise couldn’t be made here. So, true to his Italian heritage, he planted exotic varieties like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and others. Combined with a little creative grape growing and a lot of attention, today his dream has become a reality. Along with classic area grapes like Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Villa Mari Vineyards produces a wide variety of red wines unlike anything else produced in Michigan.
8175 Center Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686
After four years at the Old Mission General Store, the opportunity came to open a more visible location for the tasting room in the form of a historical one-room school house. After functioning as a private residence for several years, the Kroupa family purchased the property to transform the school house into their new tasting room.
11480 Center Rd. Traverse City, MI 48686
(231) 933-9787 www.peninsulacellars.com
Hawthorne Vineyards is a friendly boutique vineyard and tasting room destination just four miles North of Traverse City on Old Mission Peninsula. We’re passionate about making finely crafted, small production quality wines from our estate fruit. Our 80 acre site is nestled into a ridge above Peninsula Drive with postcard views of East and West Grand Traverse Bays. Hand crafted wines are created from the vineyard’s acreage of Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Lemberger, Gamay, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling.
Surrounding traffic and disruptions vanish as guests make their way up the winding private drive to the most peaceful and serene vineyard destination on Old Mission.
1000 Camino Maria Dr. Traverse City, MI 49686
Check website for hours www.hawthornevineyards.com or call (231) 929-4206.
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Tasting Room at Mission Table & Jolly Pumpkin
Come taste our award winning Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales & North Peak Beers, Bonafide wines & Civilized spirits. Open 11-5 in season. Call (231) 223-4222 for more info.