Michigan is home to over 100 wineries and vineyards, and it is well known for its viticulture exports. The state has become a popular tourist destination because of this. There’s the Bay View and Michigan Pioneer Trails, and the vineyards of the Shore Wine Country and the Old Mission Peninsula. However, of all the vibrant valleys and vineyards alongside the beautiful Lake Michigan, nothing quite beats the decedent wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula.
Established around the 1980s by the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LAPV), the Leelanau Trail began with only four small wineries and vineyards. Now, this beautiful Michigan hotspot is a popular trail, which is now home to over 20 wineries; all known for their diverse selection of grapes. They hold a strong national acclaim for their varietals, which include: Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay. All of which grow perfectly in the Peninsula’s cool climate. The wineries along its three trails make for easy and speedy touring, and the relaxing atmosphere of the region makes for a perfect place to sit back, relax, take in the breathtaking sights that Michigan has to offer, and even make a few friends.
A very popular destination on this trail is the Black Star Farms. A 160-acre estate on a sprawling vineyard that is known for their selection of wines, ciders, and spirits as well as a multitude of culinary choices. From cafés to restaurants, equestrian facilities and hiking trails, it makes for a prime spot to visit when traveling to the trail, and is sure to be time well spent.
Another notable destination on the trail is the L. Mawby winery. They adhere to a traditional method of producing their unique sparkling wines. Many of their products are handcrafted and the grapes they grow are handled with extreme care to ensure a strong, high quality batch. They’re also home to the FIZZ Club; an organization that is free to join and guarantees you three to four hand-selected bottles every year, delivered right to your doorstep. This lets you get the taste of the L. Mawbry winery without having to travel to Michigan.
The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail is also known for its seasonal events. Coming up on November 12th is the ‘Toast the Season’ celebration. Dedicated to celebrating the holidays, this event offers a special discount on their ticket prices. It may be a great way to escape the stresses of this year’s election season! At the very least, it’s a relaxing way to welcome the holiday season.
Whether you’re visiting for the sights, the food, or of course the wine, The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail is a popular tourist (and local) destination for Michigan. It is absolutely worth the time to visit if given the chance. So, take a few days to come visit, or if you’re feeling exceptionally adventurous, a whole week! The many inns would be happy to accommodate you on your tour around the trails.