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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 June 28th, 2019 - 10:12 am

Mari Vineyards

Help us welcome the the newest member of our wine list, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc! This is a light, refreshing white wine shows hints of melon and a tempered acidity reminiscent of an Italian style. The Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect summer pairing and unfortunately, never stays on our shelves for too long. Come grab yours soon! ... See MoreSee Less

Help us welcome the the newest member of our wine list, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc! This is a light, refreshing white wine shows hints of melon and a tempered acidity reminiscent of an Italian style. The Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect summer pairing and unfortunately, never stays on our shelves for too long. Come grab yours soon!

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Get a probe

Jody Lotridge-Komyathy I have this for us to try😍🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷💞

I want to try this one

Can’t wait to try this!😀👍

Its my prefered wine....maybe one day the SAQ stores in Quebec will have your wine..🍀🍷

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Monday June 24th, 2019 - 1:28 pm

Mari Vineyards

Come visit us tonight at the Apparatus Room!Somme’s Lounge Monday’s continue each and every Monday, but this week we’ll be welcoming an extremely special guest.

Mari Vineyards' winemaker Sean O'Keefe's winemaking pedigree is unparalleled. A member of Michigan's "First Family of Riesling," Sean brings his 20+ years of experience to Mari. After receiving formal training in Germany, Sean was eager to bring his honed craft back to his home in Northern Michigan. Sean is known for having one foot planted firmly in cultivating traditional Northern Michigan varieties, and one foot dedicated to progressing the repertoire of Old Mission Peninsula to include the beautiful Italian wines Mari Vineyards has become renowned for.

Sean O'Keefe's experience combined with the freedom to individualize each vintage according to the character of that year’s high-quality grapes has resulted in our outstanding, international award-winning wines. Now in his tenth year as Mari Vineyard’s vintner, Sean continues to innovate and experiment, which means exciting things are in store for Michigan wine lovers! Meet him and learn more about Mari Wines this Monday, June 24th in the Somme’s Lounge!
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Come visit us tonight at the Apparatus Room!

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I will be up yet this summer!

I love to get up there and buy some wine, since you are unable to deliver to Kentucky. I’m disabled so traveling is somewhat difficult.

Have a beautiful summer 🍀🌞from Quebec, eastern townships

Wish I could again! I live in Marietta GA!! Love me some Mari Vineyards!!!

Mari in the D!! Brilliant!!

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Wednesday June 19th, 2019 - 12:13 pm

Mari Vineyards

Calling all locals! Would you like to volunteer for us at a wine festival? This Saturday, we’re looking for 2 volunteers to hang out with us from 3pm-8pm and pour our wine at the Planet of the Grapes wine festival! Volunteers get:
Free entry to the fest
Free entry to wine seminars
Opportunity to taste a LOT of great wine!

Message us for more info!
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Calling all locals! Would you like to volunteer for us at a wine festival? This Saturday, we’re looking for 2 volunteers to hang out with us from 3pm-8pm and pour our wine at the Planet of the Grapes wine festival! Volunteers get:
Free entry to the fest
Free entry to wine seminars
Opportunity to taste a LOT of great wine!

Message us for more info!

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We are still searching for volunteers! If you are able to help out, please message us ASAP!

Tracy Newberry

Jana Auer Healey Wendy Lou Adamczyk Kara Neuman Karla Mattson

Lisa Gorno Trombley Liz Burnham VerSchure 🍷🍷🍷

Ashley Romine Millie Maple Ashley Elizabeth Arena

. ....se fossi lì....subito sarebbe un onore....ma sono in Italia....😥😥😘

Mary Howard

Keith Schwarz!

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Friday June 14th, 2019 - 9:37 am

Mari Vineyards

Were you looking for one more good reason to come to our anniversary party tomorrow? Well, here it is!
For TOMORROW ONLY, our 2016 Row 7 will be available to the public. This wine has been for wine club members only, but tomorrow, we're sharin' the love!

This won't apply to online orders, so make sure to stop by to pick up your bottle.
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Were you looking for one more good reason to come to our anniversary party tomorrow? Well, here it is!
For TOMORROW ONLY, our 2016 Row 7 will be available to the public. This wine has been for wine club members only, but tomorrow, were sharin the love!

This wont apply to online orders, so make sure to stop by to pick up your bottle.

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But what if we live out of state and can’t make it there? 🍷

Ellen Dana Becker

Will Marty be there?

I was hoping I could order a bottle online since I’m too far away to get get there in time 😔

This was the first Anniversary tour I have missed. I had Marty and Olivia at the first then Shawn O'Keefe at the second I couldn't make it this year can you tell me who led the tours? I need one with Alex now! 🍷

Sorry on vacation in Florida.

Why is this not on top of a copy of readers digest 😂

Can you ship to Kentucky?

Lisa?!?!

But from Ontario Canada, no wine options from you .....just saying

John S. Becker let’s go!

What time are you having your anniversary party tomorrow?

Kim Ladd Garry Ladd You guys need some more? I’m making a run to get some tomorrow!

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