Michigan is home to over 100 wineries that offer unique and delightful experiences for their visitors. Not only do Michigan wineries offer delicious wine, but a majority of them also feature beautiful vineyards, scenic outlooks, wine tours, lodging, and more. Since there are so many wineries in Michigan it can be hard to narrow down which ones are the best. Well, lucky for you I am providing you with a list of the best wineries in Northern Michigan. Take a look at the list below of Northern Michigan wineries to visit and what to expect at each one.
Located in Traverse City, Michigan you will find Chateau Chantal –a stunning Old Mission Peninsula winery that offers scenic views of the Grand Traverse Bay. The tasting room is open daily and year-round, with the exception of Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday. For only $3 per person, you get to enjoy six different wine tastings and receive $3 off a bottle of wine – Score! Chateau Chantal also features exclusive tours of their wine cellar, as well as pairings of wines and foods. If you feel like spending an entire weekend at Chateau Chantal the winery has their own bed and breakfast that provides views of the water and vineyards.
This lakefront winery located in Omena, Michigan (Leelanau County) features over 30 varieties of wines. What makes Leelanau Cellars unique is that there are no tasting fees. Their tasting room is also open year-round, and the knowledgeable staff is there to answer all of your questions to help you fully understand the difference in each of their unique wines. When you finish wine tasting, don’t forget to purchase a glass to drink while you sit back and relax looking over the beautiful views of the vineyards the West Grand Traverse Bay.
Located just 3 miles east of downtown Petoskey you will find Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery. This locally owned family vineyard provides a unique wine tasting experience while relaxing on an outdoor covered patio. During your wine tasting experience you will be accompanied by a palate cleansing snack and receive a souvenir wine glass to take home. Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery is also a member of the Northwest Michigan Bay View Wine Trail that provides an exceptional wine trail experience with views of Lake Michigan and Little Traverse Bay. Learn more about the wine trail here.
2 Lads Winery
Specializing in cool climate red and sparkling wines, 2 Lads Winery in Traverse City is a 58 acre winery on Old Mission Peninsula. The tasting bar provides scenic views of East Grand Traverse Bay with big open windows. Small appetizers are available as you taste, and you can also order wine by the glass or half glass. The winery also offers private tours and private tastings for individuals who are interested in learning more about the wine-making process.
Indulge your taste buds with cherry wine at the Cherry Republic winery in Glen Arbor. This wine tasting experience is great for the whole family – even kids! Adults are able to taste the full range of different red and white cherry wine and cherry ciders, while the children taste Cherry root beer, cherry lemonade, and more. Not to mention, there are also other delicious cherry treats to try such as cherry salsa, chocolate covered cherries, cherry mustard, and cherry coffee. There is definitely something for everyone at Cherry Republic!