If you haven't experienced the unbelievable views from the vineyards on the Leelanau Peninsula of Northern Michigan, you have to put wineries on your list to visit for this Summer. Not only do you get to taste the region’s amazing wines, but you can experience the inner workings of the wineries. Now is the time to be planning your Summer vacation. Here are the top five wineries you should visit on the Leelanau Peninsula.
Good Harbor Vineyards
Good Harbor Vineyards have been family owned and operated since 1980. With a self- guided tour available, patrons are able to view the bottling room and wine cellar where they make high quality tasting wines at an affordable price. There is a tasting room that is open from May to October. From November to April they are open on Friday and Saturday. Best known wines to come from Good Harbor are the Fishtown White and Harbor Red.
Forty-Five North Vineyard and Winery
Located directly on the 45th parallel, the name is easy to figure out. Believing strongly in sustainable farming practices, this winery has 35 acres with several varieties of grapes that produce Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Vignoles, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir. This is an on-site production vineyard and winery that is truly a vineyard-to-bottle operation. Open year round.
L. Mawby Vineyards
Open year round, you can experience their emphasis on sparkling wines. With a fun atmosphere and funky names for their wines, you will mark your visit here as an experience. With vineyards that cover 18 acres, varieties cover from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir. Small lots made with minimal handling keeps the winemaking style pure at L. Mawby. They are one of a very few producers in North America that specialize in sparkling wines.
Ciccone Vineyard and Winery
This beautiful vineyard has the most beautiful panoramic view of Grand Traverse Bay. You can take a stroll through the vineyards and enjoy the amazing views. Taste wines in their Old World tasting room. With 14 acres of vines, they are the only vineyard to grow the Italian varietal, Dolcetto. The vineyards also produce Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and several others. Open June through October daily 12-6 p.m. Open in the Winter Tuesday through Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Leelanau Wine Cellars
Located in beautiful Omena, Leelanau Wine Cellars have award winning Chardonnays, Rieslings and the seasonal fruit wines. With over 90 acres of vineyards, they produce over 30 varieties of wines that are available in retail stores throughout the Great Lakes region. The tasting room is open year round, and you can also take advantage of the water front marina, a nearby beach or hiking in the woods.
The House on the Hill Bed and Breakfast Is Your “Up North” Escape
Visit our romantic Northwest Michigan Bed and Breakfast for your Summer getaway. We are all inclusive with spacious rooms and beautiful views of the Chain of Lakes, a three course breakfast, free use of our paddle boards, kayaks, canoe and paddle boat, a Guest Center stocked with snacks and hot and cold beverages all day. We are situated on 53 acres of forested countryside and nestled in between the charming resort towns and harbors of Northwest Michigan. With Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix within minutes of our B & B, and wineries all around us, you have your vacation destination!