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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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Tuesday October 15th, 2019 - 12:00 pm

Mari Vineyards

Please note that we will be closing at 5pm this Saturday, October 19th. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks for having me perform this year! I will return!

Thursday October 10th, 2019 - 10:37 am

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We get LOTS of reviews from our guests about their experiences at Mari, and while we don't have the opportunity to respond to every single one, we'd like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their kinds words about our wines, staff, and the visits they have with us. We'd also like to thank the guests that offer honest feedback and help us become better because of it. Thank you all!
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We get LOTS of reviews from our guests about their experiences at Mari, and while we dont have the opportunity to respond to every single one, wed like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their kinds words about our wines, staff, and the visits they have with us. Wed also like to thank the guests that offer honest feedback and help us become better because of it. Thank you all!
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Let us know in a comment below what your favorite Mari memory is, and feel free to include photos!

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Introducing my Mom to your fantastic wines! She even joined me as a club member 😁

Looking forward to our visit to Mari this weekend. The wine, the view, the people, the ambiance , it’s all good! We visit as often as we can and love bringing our guest to Mari. It’s always so impressive. ❤️.

I love EVERY trip I have made to Mari’s! Top notch place with great wines and even great people!!! I can NOT rave enough about it all!!! Love you guys!❤️🍷❤️🍷❤️

Annual stop for my wife and I. Looking forward to Fall Colors and Mari the last week of the month.

The VIP tours! I have had 2 but missed the last one...I loved meeting Marty, Oliva & Alex!! ❤ you are all awesome!! I will be up soon!! 🍷🍷🍷

My girlfriends and I do a trip to TC every year and your winery is our favorite. You have the best dry red wines, which are our favorite. We finally did the cave tour this summer and loved it! Troglodyte Rosso wine was delicious, we all bought a bottle!

We love that place, every time if we go up north, we will visit you❤️

Looking forward to visiting soon!

Beryl’s sensory wine tasting! I’ve been to lots of tastings outside the US (Italy, France, Prince Edward Island) but none were as much fun as yours.

Will be there next week!

My Mom and I for years have taken Mother Daughter Adventures, last August we decided to add Mari Vineyards to our first time visit to Michigan. For the entire 6 day visit we basically enjoyed being hydrated by mother nature except for the Sunday when we visited the sun actually made an appearance. We enjoyed our visit enough to choose to join the wine club and have been enjoying Mari wine ever since. I recently introduced a serious wine loving pal who had moved to Michigan and she was amazed with the quality #newcustomer. Hope to get back your direction some day soon. Keep it up you rock!

I love TC and have been to almost all the wineries in the area. But not one compares to Mari. Not only are the wines fantastic but staff is friendly and knowledgeable. You'd be hard pressed to find a better view anywhere on the peninsula. I also love that the winery itself was made with so many products from Michigan. Look around and there are so many upcyled and recycled items. We can all learn from this. Thank you for being my favorite winery!

Every time we come to Mari we are welcomed with open arms. Mari almost feels like our OMP home. Andy, Callie, Sean, and others(sorry for not naming everyone we know) are second to none in customer service. Also, the wine is pretty darn good too! LOL Cheers to you🥂

Everything.

Diva’s Uncorked 2018 was the most amazing visit there! The wine, food pairings, atmosphere, vibe, weather and amazing friends made it so much fun! Lots of love for Mari from us Canadian gals💜🍷(won’t let me post our group photo taken there)

The wine! The ambience! The wine ! The snacks! The wine! The staff ! The wine ! The view ! Need I say any more!

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Tuesday October 1st, 2019 - 9:55 am

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Mac & Cheese is officially SOLD OUT! Can't wait for the most popular Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail event! ... See MoreSee Less

Mac & Cheese is officially SOLD OUT! Cant wait for the most popular Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail event!

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I’m so jealous! I’ll follow pics from Florida ❤️🥰🍷

Good idea.

How many tickets do they sell?

Thursday September 19th, 2019 - 4:56 pm

Mari Vineyards

This evening, we will be featuring Ron Getz from 4-6pm!Liven up your Thursday with a little wine, a little music, and some world-class views! You can catch live local music tonight from at Chateau Chantal Winery and Mari Vineyards. ... See MoreSee Less

This evening, we will be featuring Ron Getz from 4-6pm!

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Awww my wife and I are a week late. We were just there last week to both Mari and Chateau Chantal.

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