For a number of years I have always looked forward to our May weekend getaway to Old Mission, just north of Traverse City. Although it is often a little chilly, I still feel like this experience signals the start of summer for us. Blossom Days offers wine lovers the chance to taste barrel room selections and the best of the vineyard.
The eight wineries of Old Mission:
2 Lads Winery // 16985 Smokey Hollow Road
2 Lads does a great job with Michigan reds and offers one of the best views on the peninsula. The modern architecture offers an incredible tasting room experience.
Black Star Farms // 360 McKinley Rd. East
Black Star Farms original location is on the Leelanau peninsula and they added this location a few years ago. The tasting room is in a quaint farmhouse style and they offer one of the largest selection of wines featuring both dry and sweet. We purchased a Pinto Grigio – perfectly crisp with citrus notes.
Bowers Harbor Vineyards // 2896 Bowers Harbor Road
Bowers tasting room is nestled within the vines and they have a beautiful arbor to welcoming you to the experience. They had an incredible presentation on their process and approach to Chardonnay and their focus on aging in the traditional French method is admirable. They also have a fantastic vineyard dog and let’s face it, dogs make every brand better!
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery // 3309 Blue Water Road
Brys offers estate grown wines and focuses on a European style approach to wine making. They have a beautiful tasting room and offered the best food and wine pairing (an incredible asparagus risotto salad). They have an outdoor space with adirondack chairs facing the vineyard and some of our favorite memories are spent sipping wine and watching Maggie.
Chateau Chantal // 15900 Rue de Vin
We have stayed at this bed and breakfast and their wine making has improved over the years. Perhaps one of the best views, seeing both bays, they offer a tranquil patio and we got their Chardonnay – a beautiful blend of buttery oak flavor.
Chateau Grand Traverse // 12239 Center Road
They are celebrating 40 years on Old Mission and have gamay noir that is not to be missed.
Hawthorne Vineyards // 1000 Camino Maria Dr.
The newest addition to the Old Mission Family, the tasting room sits high upon a hill and looks across to Leelanau.
Peninsula Cellars // 11480 Center Rd.
Located in an old school house, Peninsula is often our first stop on the Old Mission Trail. They have a great tasting experience.
We love the Old Mission and can’t wait to get back next May!