If it is a cliché that wine is made in the vineyard, it is a cliché that we live by at Good Harbor Vineyards. Close to thirty vintages have shown us that whatever beneficial actions are taken tending the vines will show up later as better tasting wines. Our goal is to sell wines that are a joy to drink.
The Simpson family has been growing fruit on the Leelanau Peninsula for three generations. Before the cultivation of vineyards, the Simpson’s were a cherry farming family caring for and harvesting over 300 acres. It was Bruce’s father, John Simpson who had the vision of vineyards and a winery. After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in agriculture, Bruce took advantage of the opportunity to travel to California to study at the University of California Davis where he focused on viticulture and enology. He and his wife Debbie returned to the Leelanau Peninsula and opened the doors of Good Harbor Vineyard in 1980 making them the fourth established winery on the Leelanau Peninsula.
Through hard work and dedication, they created a respected winery that produces a high quality product at an affordable price. Upon returning from California, he planted various Vitis Vinifera and French hybrids to begin wine production. Today, Good Harbor Vineyards has over 65 acres planted to vine and one of the largest Pinot Grigio plantings in Michigan. Good Harbor is still family owned and operated by Debbie, and their two children Taylor and Sam Simpson.
The tasting room hours of operation are:
May 20 – November 1 Monday – Saturday 11-5, Sunday 12-5
November 1 – May 20 Saturday 11-5
Good Harbor Vineyards
34 S. Manitou Trail
Lake Leelanau, MI 49653
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Visit our tasting room year round in beautiful Omena and sample our award-winning Chardonnays, Riesling, Meritage and Fruit Wines. Our knowledgeable, friendly staff will enhance your wine tasting experience.
Leelanau Cellars’ wines have evolved over the years from the first release in 1977, but the philosophy has remained constant; to produce quality, consumer friendly wines, affordable to everyone.
Over 90 acres of vineyards in Leelanau County are patiently manicured to produce over 30 varieties of wines available through retail stores throughout the Great Lakes region, by mail-order and in the winery’s water-front tasting room on the shores of the Grand Traverse Bay in quaint and picturesque Omena, MI, on M-22, 20 miles north of Traverse City.
The tasting room is open year round to allow you to experience the enjoyment of tasting award winning wine in our own “delight of life” or “little piece of heaven” as the Jacobson family commonly refers to it. Relax during the day at the Winery’s tasting room and water front marina, a nearby beach or one of the many trails through the north woods, or spend a night or two in one of the nearby inns and enjoy the area restaurants.
We look forward to welcoming you and sharing our wines with you.
5019 N. West Bay Shore Drive (M-22)
Omena, MI 49674
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Chateau de Leelanau Vineyard and Winery is located just north of Traverse City, Michigan, offering a variety of wines and hard cider made from fruit grown on our farms in beautiful Leelanau County.
Today the vineyard’s picturesque setting is yielding some of the finest wines ever produced from this new and progressive wine country. Chateau de Leelanau’s wines have been recognized for their quality, freshness, and complex allure with a continuing series of Gold Medal awards since their first vintage in 1999.
Chateau de Leelanau Vineyard and Winery
5048 S. West Bayshore Dr.
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
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Ciccone Vineyard & Winery presents one of northern Michigan’s most unique and picturesque wineries. Our Old World tasting room is situated atop the rolling hills of Leelanau Peninsula and features award-winning estate wines. Take a stroll through our vineyards and enjoy the striking views of West Grand Traverse Bay and our restored turn-of-the-century barn. Experience the most exceptional backdrop for wine tours, wedding celebrations and other special occasions.
Our vineyard was planted in 1996 and currently consists of 14 acres of vines. Our vineyard is planted in Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscat, Marechal Foch, DeChaunac, Dolcetto and Malbec. We are currently the only vineyard to grow the Italian varietal, Dolcetto in Michigan and one of only two to grow Malbec in Michigan.
Lake Michigan, to our west, and West Grand Traverse Bay to our east, moderate extreme temperatures, and the hills produce a natural downdraft which circulates the air over the water, and brings it back to the land. In the winter, the downdraft brings back snow which protects the vines from the cold. The lake effect delays early blossoming, as well as first frost which minimizes damage to the blossoms.
The vineyard is managed through the change of each season. In the spring we start pruning to restrict yields and in the summer we de-leaf and thin crops to assure maximum fruit ripening. Soil health is maintained by restricting yields, fertilizing, and maintaining native grasses between rows to maintain moisture and prevent erosion.
The Leelanau Peninsula is one of the main wine regions of Michigan. It is renowned for the production of cool climate varieties especially, distinctive Rieslings, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, and fine Chardonnay. This is an expanding wine area offering an exciting diversity of sandy loam and clay slopes.
Ciccone Vineyard and Winery
10343 East Hilltop Rd.
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
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Black Star Farms – Leelanau Peninsula Tasting Room
Twelve miles north of Traverse City and just off M-22 you’ll find our main tasting room located on the farm. It’s housed in a unique post-and-beam building and features an elliptical tasting bar.
Our friendly and informative staff is ready to help you through your tasting of our extensive list of wines, ciders, brandies and dessert wines. Whether you’re a novice or a connoisseur, you’re bound to discover a new favorite to take home. We also offer wine accessories, logo gear and chocolate!
Black Star Farms
A unique agricultural destination that features two winery production facilities with adjacent tasting rooms, a distillery, an Inn, and an equestrian facility. Our winery and distillery produce some of the most sought after and awarded Michigan wines and spirits. Our luxurious Inn is the perfect place to host private special events including weddings, corporate retreats, and family celebrations. Enjoy culinary offerings including dinners at the Inn or wood-fired pizzas at the Hearth & Vine both located on our Suttons Bay site.
To try our wines, visit any of our three tasting rooms on the Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission Peninsula and at TASTES of Black Star Farms in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City or order online.
Black Star Farms
10844 E. Revold Road
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
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