Bowers Harbor Vineyards 2008 BHV Estate Riesling

Last but certainly not last in my tour of the wineries of the Old Mission Peninsula is Bowers Harbor Vineyards. A family-run, boutique winery, the 43-acre estate is located in historic Bowers Harbor. It’s unique microclimate provides ideal conditions for growing vinifera grapes. The estate includes two named vineyards, Erica and Langley, along with threeRead more

Chateau Grand Traverse 2008 Dry Riesling

Renowned for their Rieslings, Michigan’s wineries have made it the most planted grape in the state. But no winery has embraced the variety as much so as Chateau Grand Traverse. Established in 1974, the winery is credited with the first commercial planting of European vinifera grape varieties in Northern Michigan. Often referred to as the largest RieslingRead more

Black Star Farms 2008 Arcturos Pinot Gris

I’m beginning to run out of adjectives to describe the recent wines I’ve sampled from the Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan. Named 1 of the top 10 great places for local wine by the USA TODAY, the region is delivering quality and value, making it a popular wine destination for tourists. Continuing thatRead more

Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula

Michigan is home to more than 70 wineries and 4 federally approved viticultural areas (AVAs). In the northwest part of the state lie the Leelanau Peninsula and the Old Mission Peninsula. In the southwest lie the Lake Michigan Shore and Fennville AVAs. Experiencing explosive growth over the past 10 years, wine production has increased fromRead more