Traverse City is one of Michigan’s most beautiful treasures. This is a fun Summer destination that is located on the Northwest side of Michigan, on the base of the Leelanau Peninsula. They are known best for their cherry groves and vineyards that are very prominent due to the weather patterns of the peninsula. Unlike other travel articles I have written, this one is just for the adults. This week I am writing about a wine tasting trip up through the Leelanau Peninsula. This trip not only takes you to the area’s finest wineries, but also takes you along the most beautiful views of Traverse City.
Traverse City has multiple types of transportation for wine tours that you can choose from. With Traverse City Wine and Beer Tours, you can ride in style in a tie-dye bus or a limousine, whichever you prefer. They offer both public and private tours. Bay Life Getaways is another option that is different than any of the other tours. They will drive your vehicle around to the different wineries of your choice.
The first winery on our list is Chateau Chantal. This vineyard is farthest North of wineries on our list. This is an elegant winery that sits on a hill that looks down on the vineyards. This is a lovely place to visit in the summer. They have a variety of both red and white wines, and also bubblies. They just released Armour Rosé, that has won the gold at the Michigan Wine Competition. Chateau Chantal also recently started distributing their wine in cans, which is a growing trend in the wine community, because of their versatility. They offer seven course wine dinners and jazz nights that are spectacular. This is the perfect way to start off the trip!
Learn more about their winery, visit their website: http://www.chateauchantal.com/
Our next stop is Tabone Winery, the newest winery on Old Mission Peninsula. They just opened their tasting room Labor Day 2018, and are approaching their first anniversary celebration August 31- September 2. Although their tasting room is new, they have been growing grapes for two decades and won seventeen medals, just in May alone. Their main focus is dry and off-dry wines, like Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. They recently just released their 2017 Estate Semi-Sweet Red Wine and will be releasing their 2018 Rosé of Pinot Meunier soon. Whether you are visiting during their anniversary or on a different weekend, this is a great, unique spot that you can’t drive by!
To find out more about their upcoming event, check out their website: https://tabonevineyards.com/
Bowers Harbor Vineyards
Our third stop is Bowers Harbor Vineyards. This is one of my favorite vineyards on the entire peninsula! They have been in business since 1991. Their elegant vineyards overlook Grand Traverse Bay, which makes for a beautiful view while sipping on a glass of their Brix Sparkling Wine. This winery has a Bernese Mountain Dog theme for the family’s late companions, and makes it the perfect stop for any dog lover. If you visit at the right time, you may even be welcomed at the door by Winston, their current English Cream Retriever greater.
Discover more about Bowers Harbor Vineyards at: https://www.bowersharbor.com/
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery
Brys Estates Vineyards and Winery is our next stop. This is a lovely establishment with breathtaking views. Stop in for a glass of their new 2018 Pinot Grigio Reserve. They also offer many other tastes of wine that span from their Merlot Reserve to their Riesling Reserve. This summer, they have a Wine Wagon Tour and Tasting that is a very unique experience. Travel through their vineyards and other attractions on one of their wagons with a glass of refreshing wine.
To see more about their tours and tastings, please visit: https://www.brysestate.com/
Chateau Grand Traverse
Our fifth stop in at a winery you may have heard of before. Chateau Grand Traverse is a very popular winery, and is located in the middle of the wine trail. They are known for their 2016 Riesling Ice Wine, that happens to be one of my favorites. This wine has won many awards, including Best of Class and a Double Gold at the MIchigan Wine Competition, as well as a Double Gold at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. They just released their brand new Grand Traverse Select Rosé which is perfect for a romantic summer evening. During the summer, they have live music from 5-7pm, every week as a part of Wine Down Wednesdays. Their winery is a beautiful must see on our list of stops.
If you are interested in learning more, go to their website: https://cgtwines.com/
Our last stop on this tour happens to be one of the most unique wineries on the peninsula. Peninsula Cellars know what they are doing and have been doing it right for six generations. This family grows and processes everything themselves, so you know you are getting a great taste! This stop comes along with a history lesson, and will take you right back in time. This winery is housed in one room schoolhouse that was built in 1896. Besides a few minor changes, the building has remained the same. They focus solely on dry white wines, which is why this is a great last stop on our list!
See more of what they have to offer at: https://tabonevineyards.com/
I hope after reading this article, you are planning your next getaway from home in Traverse City. I know that I cannot wait to visit in a couple weeks! Wine tasting is only one attraction that this beautiful city has to offer. There are many beautiful sceneries and unique local shops. Plan your trip to Traverse City today!