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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 March 22nd, 2019 - 11:59 am

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Dan was a friend, mentor, and inspiration to the Lagina family throughout their involvement with Oak Island. His loss will be felt deeply, and our hearts go out to the Blankenship family and everyone else who had the privilege to know Dan.We are saddened by the loss of Dan Blankenship, a beloved member of the HISTORY family. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. ... See MoreSee Less

Dan was a friend, mentor, and inspiration to the Lagina family throughout their involvement with Oak Island. His loss will be felt deeply, and our hearts go out to the Blankenship family and everyone else who had the privilege to know Dan.

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So sad. I truly feel the past few years were certainly enhanced by your friendship and the continue of the hunt. May he Rest In Peace and watch over those still keeping up the search on Oak Island.

The show will certainly not be the same without Dan. I always loved that you kept him involved with everything and he was still so sharp for his age. My deepest condolences to Dave and his family and the entire crew of Curse of Oak Island. Nova Scotia lost a good one this week 🙁

He was a highly respected man. He will be missed. I wonder if y'all could name a wine after him like y'all did the shaft cans. Maybe some of the proceeds could go to his son Dave and family.

We are very sorry to hear of this. He was quite an inspiration to the team and television show, his experience on Oak Island is undoubtedly exceptional then many others that have been there before. I give my condolences to the Oak Island team and especially Dave Blankenship which I'm sure that he is very saddened at the loss of his father. God bless all of you, Dan certainly knows the secret now.

He was most definitely an Oak Island treasure ... 😥

So sorry I loved seeing him he was so knowledgeable on oak island we love that show

Dan Blankenship & Fred Nolan knew more about Oak Island then anyone else on this Earth. I will miss seeing both of them on the show. R.I.P.

He played such a important role in the history of Oak Island and held a treasure full of knowledge. He never seemed to miss a step when recalling every detail of his hunt for the treasure and getting to the truth of what happened there. Your whole team treated him with the utmost respect and love and I'm sure you are all heartbroken at his passing.

I was saddened the other day when I first read about it. He was such a wealth if knowledge, and I loved how you included him so much. Sending prayers to Dave and the whole oak island family.

So glad Rick and Marty helped him to fill his dream about Oak Island. Sorry he didn’t make it longer to learn more things. RIP

Very sorry to hear of this. Enjoyed watching Dan on TV. He was family to everyone who knew him and watched him. I'm still stunned by his passing. Many prayers, love and hugs going out the Blankenship family and also to the Lagina family and Oak Island Crew as well. He will be greatly missed.

So very sorry for everyone’s loss. Dan was living proof that it is only the body that wares out because his mind was as sharp as a tack. He will be missed. 🙏🙏

So sorry for the loss of your good friend. His insight with oak island, was priceless!

Thoughts and prayers to the Blankenship family and all involved with Oak Island, sending love from Scotland ❤️

Condolences to the entire Oak Island family. May all of your memories of Dan bring peace to your hearts.

Such a treasure! Sorry for your loss guys! But he will always be on the island, helping you all in spirit! Hugs!

My heart goes out to his family and all Oak Island team. May he Rest In Peace. Sending love from Portugal 🇵🇹❤

Oh so very sad to hear. Condolences to his family and the whole Oak Island team.

My heart goes out to his family and the entire Oak Island team as well as those of us who have admired and loved him from afar. May all his questions be answered. ❤️🙏 Dan will greatly be missed. I loved to watch his expressions as he viewed your efforts to solve this mystery. The awe and admiration was unforgettable. May he Rest In Peace.

RIP, sir. I greatly appreciate your tireless efforts and passion to find the truth about Oak Island. I regret that you won’t be here if any big treasure is found, but, nevertheless,you certainly played a huge part in the finding of it. Your family, friends, and history will all remember you, Mr. Blankenship. God bless.

So sorry for the loss of the beloved Oak Island family. Dan will be missed.

Our condolences to his family and the Oak Island family. I'm sure his presents in future filming will be missed , but the mysterious legacy will be enjoyed for years to come.

Such sad news about Dan Blankenship. Please pass on my condolences to Dave and his family. Also to the Lagina family and all associates of the show. May Dan rest in peace

Thoughts and prayers to his family and the Oak Island team ❤

Love and prayers to all of the Oak Island family. I know how much you wanted the dear man to share the journey through to the end.

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Thursday March 14th, 2019 - 9:54 am

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Have you tried our wine of the month yet? Our Gewürztraminer is an exciting wine, filled with flavors of vanilla, juniper, and blossoms. For the month of March, you can get 1 glass or 1 bottle of this wine at 10% off; or 2+ at 15% off! Stop by before this special is gone! ... See MoreSee Less

Have you tried our wine of the month yet? Our Gewürztraminer is an exciting wine, filled with flavors of vanilla, juniper, and blossoms. For the month of March, you can get 1 glass or 1 bottle of this wine at 10% off; or 2+ at 15% off! Stop by before this special is gone!

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Yeah! It’s excellent

I would LOVE to try your wine, alas I can't find it in Canada.

We tasted your Gewurztraminer this week & it was good. We bought a bottle while we were there.

I loved this photo so much it's now my phone wallpaper. 🙂

Do you ship?

Love from Italia 🌺

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Thursday March 7th, 2019 - 10:06 am

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Ben Law Photography did it again! A beautiful proposal in our caves captured in these incredible pictures. Congratulations to the happy couple!The secret is out! Congratulations Cory and Alyssa!
Cory went above and beyond to make this moment a true surprise and absolutely perfect! What started as a 'trip to pick up wine' turned into a beautiful afternoon tour of Mari Vineyards that ended in the most thoughtful proposal and surprise afternoon of celebration with friends and family! We can't wait to share more from this beautiful winter proposal!
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Ben Law Photography did it again! A beautiful proposal in our caves captured in these incredible pictures. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Beautiful.

How beautiful!! 💗💗💗

Oh wow beautiful picture 🌞

Romántico ♥️

How awesome!

Nicely done. Congratulations!

Awww w nice!!!

Thank you for hosting such an incredibly memorable proposal and celebration!

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Monday February 25th, 2019 - 8:27 am

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Hi all, it’s me, the bearer of bad news. Due to poor road conditions we are keeping the tasting room closed today (Monday). Stay safe all! ... See MoreSee Less

Hi all, it’s me, the bearer of bad news. Due to poor road conditions we are keeping the tasting room closed today (Monday). Stay safe all!

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Regardless the weather. This view is wonderful ( I've been here a couple times ) going back april 5th 😍😍😍😍

West Virginia, recovering from damaging wind

Better safe than sorry, it has been awful up here in Brutus, just north of Petoskey.

Burrrrrr!!

greetings from Germany - twenty degrees in the sun, blue sky and the first crocuses...

Enjoy the beauty. Here in North Carolina we are having a Medium-High Pollen Alert...

The roads are pretty much just ice at this point. Really no one should be on them.

Safety first!

Stay safe friends!

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