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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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Sunday April 15th, 2018 - 8:48 am

Mari Vineyards

Due to Mother Nature's feisty demeanor, we will be closed today (Sunday). We look forward to seeing you Monday once she's calmed down. ... See MoreSee Less

Due to Mother Natures feisty demeanor, we will be closed today (Sunday). We look forward to seeing you Monday once shes calmed down.

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Looks like a good day to be in front of a fireplace with blankets and dogs...

Does snow that late make good grapes?

Hope it clears up by July!!!! Lol

Mari Vineyards How does this late snow/ice affect the grapevines?

And I thought my weather here in Edmonton was messed up with 167 plus days where we were below freezing every day...

You are a great employer...always thinking and having consideration for your staff's safety..πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

cold here too!

Stay safe

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Saturday April 14th, 2018 - 1:36 pm

Mari Vineyards

Due to the weather, we will be closing at 5 pm today. Thank you for understanding! ... See MoreSee Less

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What kind of weather are ya having?just curious

Y'all stay safe and warm. Here in Alabama we getting severe thunderstorms.

Hoping the weather is much nicer in a couple of weeks, I want to visit you. My little niece lives in your neck of the woods and she says Traverse City area is getting hammered with snow. Freezing rain and heavy winds in Bay City. but I'm not worried. Still have one bottle of wine from Mari Vineyards to help me get thru this wicked weather.

It's 55 here and winds making it cold here in my part of Texas

Wow. Almost 80 here on east coast.

How much snow ?

Happy spring

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Saturday April 14th, 2018 - 10:19 am

Mari Vineyards

Its such a beautiful day! πŸ™ƒ We are open... for the time being. We will announce here if we end up closing early today. ... See MoreSee Less

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How can I get a sample, I also love the curse of oak island and civil war gold. If that helos

Ya, not all that nice down here in Kalamazoo County. Just a tad damp.πŸ˜‚

is they hotel close by

Friday April 6th, 2018 - 10:16 am

Mari Vineyards

RAFFLE ANNOUNCEMENT!
Thank you all SO much for participating! We had a staggering 5,469 shares! Holy moly! After our randomized drawing, we're so happy to tell Dana Flowers that you have been chosen! Congratulations on winning a one-of-a-kind signature Big Woody Corkscrew! Please direct message us so we can get you your prize!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated! We look forward to doing more of these raffles in the future with other awesome one-of-a-kind items.
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RAFFLE ANNOUNCEMENT!
Thank you all SO much for participating! We had a staggering 5,469 shares! Holy moly! After our randomized drawing, were so happy to tell Dana Flowers that you have been chosen! Congratulations on winning a one-of-a-kind signature Big Woody Corkscrew! Please direct message us so we can get you your prize!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated! We look forward to doing more of these raffles in the future with other awesome one-of-a-kind items.

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Somehow I knew a woman would win the big woody πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I have a huge crush on Marty. Isn't he cute in this pic?

I want to go to Oak Island for the summer, with Rick and Marty.

Congratulations Dana When will they announce the winner of the contest to go to Oak Island. I’m still waiting to hear who won. It is Exciting!!

congrats to Dana Flowers on her win!!! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’–

it says kevin lol the dog is mine Sandra Dee Sinclair 😍😊I guess i should have signed in with my own name😁

Congrats Dana Flowers! I enjoyed the contest and hope Marty comes up with more signed raffles!

Holy Schmoly Dana! Congratulations!!!

Congratulations Dana Flowers! Wish it were me but happy for you!

Darn! I didn't win, but I'm happy for Dana Flowers. Lucky girl!

Bad weather at Oak island? When is it - good enough - to look for treasure. India Jones would look any weather given. But that is Indi

Congratulations Dana!

congratulations Dana Flowers ! very happy for you but...very jealous too

Congrats to you Dana!!🎈🎊🍾

Coming from Pennsylvania to visit the vineyard.

I hope these are on sale at the winery this summer.

visiting the winery this month, hoping to buy one.

Congratulations Dana Flowers!! Great win!!

Can't wait to visit the vineyard

Congratulations Dana...

Congratulations Dana!!

Congratulations to the winner!!

Congratulations Dana Flowers!

Congratulations Dana!

Congrats! Nice prize!

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Wednesday April 4th, 2018 - 11:48 am

Mari Vineyards

Dreaming of this weather while the snow piles around us. Thanks for the beautiful photo to keep our spirits sunny, Pure Michigan! Check out their post to see what the beautiful wineries in this area have to offer.Did you know 55% of Michigan’s wine grapes are grown in the Traverse City region? The Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas are designated as American Viticultural Areas. Together, the 40+ wineries throughout the area make up the Traverse Wine Coast.

Visit Traverse City this May to celebrate Michigan Wine Month during Traverse City Uncorked! View events here: puremi.ch/2povuna

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Dreaming of this weather while the snow piles around us. Thanks for the beautiful photo to keep our spirits sunny, Pure Michigan! Check out their post to see what the beautiful wineries in this area have to offer.

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Pretty picture. Wishing you a little sunshine πŸ™‚

Marty do you have a catalog that the wine can be ordered from and shipped I used to live on Mackinac city but now Arizona and I love your show and would love a bottle

Trying to send warmer weather your way from Georgia!

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