Traverse City, Michigan boasts a rich and diverse wine industry that attracts countless tourists every year. With over 50 wineries to choose from, selecting the right places to visit can be a delightful challenge. Below, we’ve curated a list of our favorite Traverse City Wineries and highlighted what makes each of them special.
Traverse City Wineries
1. Brys Estate
Our top recommendation when visiting Traverse City is Brys Estate. The moment you arrive, you’ll be captivated by the expansive vineyards and the serene lake view. Step inside their classic tasting room to enjoy a selection of crisp whites, refreshing roses, bold reds, or their signature Frose (frozen rose with an optional wine topper). On pleasant days, don’t miss the chance to relax on the Upper Deck. Enhance your experience with a delectable charcuterie board or explore the seasonal options like wandering through the lavender fields or embarking on a winter hike through the vineyard.
2. Black Star Farms
Black Star Farms offers two delightful locations for your enjoyment. The first is situated on Leelenau Peninsula, boasting a picturesque farm landscape, hiking and snowshoeing trails, and a charming inn with ten unique guest rooms. The Leelenau Peninsula location features a spacious tasting room where you can savor all that Black Star Farms has to offer. The second location, an old farmhouse on Old Mission Peninsula, offers the same exquisite wines and spirits in a less crowded setting.
If you’re a fan of sparkling wines, MAWBY is the winery for you. Every drink at MAWBY sparkles with excitement, as they exclusively produce bubbly wines. Enjoy a flight or a glass of one of their many selections, including Toast, Detroit, and the fan-favorite, Sex, all while overlooking the picturesque vineyards and savoring some mouthwatering charcuterie.
4. Rove Estate
Rove Estate pays homage to the Gallagher family’s Irish heritage and the Winegeese – Irish refugees who fled but later opened some of the world’s most renowned wineries. Nestled atop the highest point along Leelenau Peninsula, Rove Estate welcomes you with a cozy tasting room and a spacious patio offering breathtaking views. In addition to their classics, Rove often features one or two unique wine offerings not found anywhere else in the region. On weekends, join the locals for some live music and dancing.
5. Mari Vineyards
Mari Vineyards stands out on Old Mission Peninsula with its impressive castle-like building, impossible to miss as you drive along Center Road. Mari takes pride in being an estate winery, with all their grapes grown right on Old Mission Peninsula. While their elevated tasting experience may come at a higher cost compared to neighboring tasting rooms, the quality of their wines more than justifies the expense.
6. Brengman Brothers Winery
Brengman Brothers Winery holds a special place in our hearts as it’s where we celebrated our wedding. With offerings to suit every palate and budget, Brengman Brothers is a must-visit. From sweet wines like their Riesling Beerenauslese to bold reds like the GUDsht Red, you’ll find something to delight your taste buds. If wine isn’t your preference, try one of their spirits or house cocktails. There’s always something happening on the weekends, whether it’s live music or one of their Oyster Socials, so be sure to check their events calendar before your visit.
7. Tabone Vineyards
While Tabone Vineyards may be lesser-known along Old Mission Peninsula, it’s a hidden gem that should not be overlooked. If you have a penchant for white wines, Tabone will undoubtedly become a favorite. They offer a diverse range of estate Rieslings and Chardonnays to enjoy while playing lawn games in the summer or gathering around a cozy fire in the winter.
Visiting these Traverse City wineries promises an unforgettable experience, each offering its unique charm and flavors. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or simply seeking a relaxing getaway, these wineries should be on your must-visit list.