Exploring the Wine Coast(s) of Michigan

The Leelanau Peninsula often is referred to as “Michigan’s Wine Coast.”

But if you were to look at a map that plots the peninsula’s wine estates, it actually could be thought of as two coasts.

On the eastern side of the peninsula, you’ll find wineries running from just northwest of Traverse City all the way up toward Northport. Then down the west side of the peninsula, you can zig-zag between tasting rooms all the way down to Glen Arbor. In all, 20 wineries comprise the Leelanau Peninsula “Wine Trail.”

And on the weekends of November 3-4 and 10-11, wine lovers will have an opportunity to explore them all as the local vintners’ association presents its annual “Toast the Season” event.

Each weekend, participants may visit up to eight wineries per day in whatever order they desire between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Food pairings are planned for the wines to be sampled at each winery, and ticket-holders also will receive a commemorative wine glass, a holiday ornament and a holiday gift bag filled with products from local food purveyors.

The cost is $50 per person or $75 per couple, and full details are available here.

“Our cool-climate Michigan wines go beautifully with food and have been winning increasing national and international awards and praise each and every year,” a spokesperson for the vintners’ association tells us. “We are committed to providing world-class wine touring experiences on the Leelanau Peninsula in concert with other businesses and organizations in our region and industry.”

And over the first two weekends of November, the vintners of “Michigan’s Wine Coast(s)” will be welcoming guests with open arms.

Posted in Wine Region Profiles
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