Wine Tasting The tempering effect of the Great Lakes, the soil of glacial till, the hills and ridges that let air and water flow across the land … it all adds up to a climate and place just right for growing some of the world’s classic wine grapes. Take a day to savor both the wines and the gorgeous landscape of TC and Old Mission Peninsula with an afternoon along the wine trail (designated driver recommended).
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Brys Estate: The luxe tasting room here is a perfect comple-
ment to vintner Coenraad Stassen’s sophisticated wines. Artful reds, crisp whites and a lovely brick patio for enjoying the scenery. 3309 BLUE WATER RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.223.9303, BRYSESTATE.COM.
tion of memorable fruit wines. 11480 CENTER RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.223.4050, PENINSULACELLARS.COM.
Black Star Farms Old Mission: The cool atmosphere at this tasting room includes a cozy fireplace and a bar made of wine barrels. Try award-winning wines and brandies from the onsite distillery. 360
Two Lads: Vintners Cornel Olivier and Chris Baldyga have made
MCKINLEY RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.944.1300, BLACKSTARFARMS.COM.
a name for themselves teasing out delicate, nuanced flavors from sustainably grown wines, particularly cool-climate reds, sparkling wines and small-batch whites. 16985 SMOKEY HOLLOW RD., TRAVERSE
CITY, 231.223.7722, 2LWINERY.COM.
Cherry Republic: This tasting room celebrates the Cherry Capital’s namesake fruit with a number of cherry wines. 154 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.932.9205, CHERRYREPUBLIC.COM.
Chateau Grand Traverse: This winery helped put Michigan on the map for world-class wines. Showcasing fine reds, whites, rieslings and specialty cherry wines. 12239 CENTER RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.223.7355, CGTWINES.COM.
Left Foot Charley: Find hard cider and great wines at this warehouse-cool tasting room at the Grand Traverse Commons. Live music on the patio; Thursday Happy Hour, featuring ethnic eats. 806 RED DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.995.0500, LEFTFOOTCHARLEY.COM.
Chateau Chantal: This Old World–inspired winery and B&B sits on a hilltop, affording gorgeous views of grapevine-trellised hillsides and Grand Traverse Bay. Live jazz Thursday evenings; look for special tours and treats in honor of the winery’s 20th anniversary, July 6–20. 15900 RUE DE VIN, TRAVERSE CITY, 800.969.4009, CHATEAUCHANTAL.COM.
Taste of Black Star Farms: This intimate space at the Grand Traverse Commons offers samples of Black Star’s signature wines and brandies, plus vodkas and whiskeys from nearby Grand Traverse Distillery. Sweet and savory small plates, too. 800 COTTAGE VIEW DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.944.1349, BLACKSTARFARMS.COM.
Bowers Harbor: Sample this boutique winery’s award-winning varietals in a casual tasting room near Bowers Harbor Park. 2896 BOWERS
Hawthorne Vineyards: Take in postcard views of East and
HARBOR RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 800.616.7615, BOWERSHARBOR.COM.
Peninsula Cellars: A historic one-room schoolhouse serves as
West Grand Traverse Bays while sipping fabulous estate wines from this lush new vineyard and elegant tasting room four miles out Old Mission Peninsula from Traverse City. 1000 CAMINO MARIA DR., TRAVERSE CITY,
the tasting room for this family-run winery. The line here includes a selec-
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