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Mari Vineyards

Mari VineyardsVilla Mari founder Marty Lagina made the (some would say) crazy choice to grow grapes that shouldn’t grow in Michigan, with the belief that he could produce world class wines that otherwise couldn’t be made here. So, true to his Italian heritage, he planted exotic varieties like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and others. Combined with a little creative grape growing and a lot of attention, today his dream has become a reality. Along with classic area grapes like Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Villa Mari Vineyards produces a wide variety of red wines unlike anything else produced in Michigan.

Our first vineyard was planted on Old Mission Peninsula over a hot and frantic weekend in 1999. With thousands of vines – including some of the more uncommon varieties mentioned above – waiting to be planted and either baking in the sun or soaking up too much water, things had to happen fast. Marty and family called in as much help as possible, but in the rush to get the vines planted mistakes were made. Roughly the first seven rows of the vineyard are made up of a random assortment of grape varieties, grabbed haphazardly from their soaking tanks and planted before we realized our mistake. To this day, we do not know exactly what vines are planted in these rows.

What seemed to be a disaster back in 1999 proved to be good fortune. 2006 marked the first official production of our flagship wine, named Row 7 in honor of the first seven mysterious rows in the vineyard and produced exclusively with grapes from that area. True to its origins, Row 7 was unlike anything else we had tried in Northern Michigan, with a flavor all its own.

Building on the success of our first vintage, Villa Mari now has over 20 acres of vineyards planted entirely on the Old Mission Peninsula, with more being added every year. Our wines are already available in Traverse City area stores and restaurants, and we have begun construction on a new tasting room near the base of the peninsula, which we anticipate will be completed in late Spring 2016. In the meantime, we invite you to explore our website and learn more about our truly unique and exciting Michigan wines!

Mari Vineyards
8175 Center Rd.
Traverse City, MI
231-715-1013

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Friday September 14th, 2018 - 5:13 pm

Mari Vineyards

Our fourth non-grape focus of the week: Our gardens. Most of the things we get from our gardens end up on our charcuterie boards that we create in house. We have a lovely little herb garden right outside the kitchen door, where we grow yummy things like basil, along with some happy little tomato plants. On the hill leading to our vineyard, Bella Vista, we have some raspberry plants. In our Jamieson vineyard, we have concord grapes & blackberries. All of these tasty garden treats get obsessionally harvested and used in our kitchen to help create as much as we can in house.
Did we mention all the jams & the balsamic vinaigrette on our boards are made in house, too? Alicia, our resident mom in the kitchen, takes bottles of wine and makes reductions and jellies out of them. Take a look at the photos below to see our raspberries and herb garden. We will post more after we visit Jamieson in the morning for some fresh additions!
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Our fourth non-grape focus of the week: Our gardens. Most of the things we get from our gardens end up on our charcuterie boards that we create in house. We have a lovely little herb garden right outside the kitchen door, where we grow yummy things like basil, along with some happy little tomato plants. On the hill leading to our vineyard, Bella Vista, we have some raspberry plants. In our Jamieson vineyard, we have concord grapes & blackberries. All of these tasty garden treats get obsessionally harvested and used in our kitchen to help create as much as we can in house. 
Did we mention all the jams & the balsamic vinaigrette on our boards are made in house, too? Alicia, our resident mom in the kitchen, takes bottles of wine and makes reductions and jellies out of them. Take a look at the photos below to see our raspberries and herb garden. We will post more after we visit Jamieson in the morning for some fresh additions!

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Thanks all love working here, itโ€™s like not working because of the people who work here and the ones that visit.

Alicia is awesome! Tell her hi from Renee in Allegan! I met her his summer and she let me try some of the herbs in your garden! I loved the Borage!!!

Aliciaโ€™s charcuterie plates are a work of art!

Alicia's jams are THE BEST!!

Love the fresh flavors! Picking a quart every other day from my small patch

Sounds Mouth wateringly wonderful.

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Thursday September 13th, 2018 - 3:47 pm

Mari Vineyards

Our third non-grape focus of the week: Chestnuts. We've all heard the song, but have you ever actually tried a chestnut? We grow them on our property! Between our Grishaw and McKian vineyards is where our chestnut trees are nestled. Every year, our vineyard team (Mutual Farm Management) goes through and harvests these nuts. This is not an easy task. The chestnuts are held in this extreme looking burrs which must be pried open to get the nuts inside. Workers usually stay on their hands and knees, and must wear goat leather gloves to protect their hands from these nasty burr pods. When we get the chestnuts, we offer them for sale, but we also make roasted chestnuts in house to serve during the winter months, for as long as we have fresh chestnuts coming in. Make sure you grab some during your holiday visit!
Check out the photos to see our chestnuts in their various stages of life.
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Our third non-grape focus of the week: Chestnuts. Weve all heard the song, but have you ever actually tried a chestnut? We grow them on our property! Between our Grishaw and McKian vineyards is where our chestnut trees are nestled. Every year, our vineyard team (Mutual Farm Management) goes through and harvests these nuts. This is not an easy task. The chestnuts are held in this extreme looking burrs which must be pried open to get the nuts inside. Workers usually stay on their hands and knees, and must wear goat leather gloves to protect their hands from these nasty burr pods. When we get the chestnuts, we offer them for sale, but we also make roasted chestnuts in house to serve during the winter months, for as long as we have fresh chestnuts coming in. Make sure you grab some during your holiday visit!
Check out the photos to see our chestnuts in their various stages of life.

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My husband harvested the chestnuts from our tree and decided to roast them. He did not pierce the shells before putting them in the oven. We learned they were done when they started exploding, one after the other in the oven. He had quite the mess to clean up when the fireworks were over

Love the fact that you have Chestnut trees. I remember them from my childhood.

You certainly are a versatile vineyard!

Castagne were a special treat. Nonna cooked them in the pressure cooker, after cutting a slit on the flat side.

You need to plant some American chestnuts

I love chestnuts!

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Wednesday September 12th, 2018 - 1:51 pm

Mari Vineyards

Our second non-grape focus of the week: Photography. One of the first things people tell us when they walk into the tasting room is how beautiful our building is. One thing people don't realize is that our building and grounds are constantly serving as backdrops for both guest & commercial photography. We've had some really amazing photography experiences here and always try to help both guests and photographers create an individual experience. Click through the pictures below to see some of the incredible images taken here. Click this link to see how you can sign up to take your professional photography on site: www.marivineyards.com/Winery/Weddings ... See MoreSee Less

Our second non-grape focus of the week: Photography. One of the first things people tell us when they walk into the tasting room is how beautiful our building is. One thing people dont realize is that our building and grounds are constantly serving as backdrops for both guest & commercial photography. Weve had some really amazing photography experiences here and always try to help both guests and photographers create an individual experience. Click through the pictures below to see some of the incredible images taken here. Click this link to see how you can sign up to take your professional photography on site: https://www.marivineyards.com/Winery/Weddings

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Beautiful photos! The "staff" should get credit for their skills too๐Ÿ˜

Such a gorgeous place; especially with all the wood accents.๐Ÿ’—

Erica Burke throw the dress back on!

Beautiful Vineyard!! Do the tour with Jenna!!!โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท

Ouah you are Right, beautiful place to take picture

Haley-a wedding dress? Is there something I need to know?

Beautiful pictures!

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Tuesday September 11th, 2018 - 3:52 pm

Mari Vineyards

Our first non-grape focus of the week: Maple Syrup. When you come up our driveway, the lovely trees to your left are our Sugar Maples. Every year, we tap these trees for syrup. Click through the photos below and read the descriptions to learn more about how we do this, and what we do with it! ... See MoreSee Less

Our first non-grape focus of the week: Maple Syrup. When you come up our driveway, the lovely trees to your left are our Sugar Maples. Every year, we tap these trees for syrup. Click through the photos below and read the descriptions to learn more about how we do this, and what we do with it!

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Kenny Dake you have competition

I will have to go back and look at our vacation pics to see these trees. I was so amazed at the building, I wasn't looking at the trees.

Wow lotโ€™s going on over there. Amazing!!

Interesting

Jim Hickman Jr, interesting!

Maple ๐Ÿ Wine sounds amazing.. canโ€™t wait to have taste and a bottle ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thanks for sharing!

Lee Sandy ooooooo

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