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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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Thursday January 18th, 2018 - 11:10 am

Mari Vineyards

Don't forget about Read Between the Wines! We are starting book discussion at 5:30 pm. Come enjoy 15% off glasses and help us pick next months book!

Read Between the WinesJan 18, 5:30pmMari VineyardsMichigan winters have always been the perfect time to cozy up with a good book. That’s why we’ve decided to start our very first book club, Read Between the Wines!

Our next meeting is on January 18th from 5:30-7pm. We will be discussing 'When She Woke' by Hillary Jordan. Stop by any time after 5 to sit and discuss the book with other avid readers while enjoying a glass of spectacular Mari Vineyards wine. If you don’t finish the book, no problem! Feel free to still come finish a glass with us and enjoy the comradery of fellow book worms.

We will be offering a 15% discount on all glasses of wine purchased for those attending book club! If you haven't read the book, or just want to learn more about our book club, please feel free to attend our regular meetings!
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Read Between the Wines

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Wish we were nearby! But will read the book anyway!

Sandra I like your dedication! You should probably drink Mari wine while doing it, just to get the full experience!

Do you ship to North Carolina????

May I suggest some Oak Island Nova Scotia Books you may add to your Club?

what a great idea! I wish I was close enough to join n!

Wish you shipped to chesapeake va, but we have an amazon now so we will see. Me and my husband love oak island and would love to be wine members!

I wish I lived close by so I could sample the wine!! I only have the books!! Lol

Wish I could !! Maybe in the summer. Then I can buy some wine too !!

Would enjoy the time...wish I lived closer

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Wednesday January 17th, 2018 - 9:27 am

Mari Vineyards

VINTRIVIA is TONIGHT! 6-7pm, come test your knowledge for a chance to win Mari gift cards!

Vintrivia! Mari Vineyards Trivia NightJan 17, 6:00pmMari VineyardsJoin us every Wednesday starting January 17th for VINTRIVIA, Mari Vineyard's new Trivia Night! Bring your smartest friends and create a trivia team to compete for a first place prize! Glasses of wine will be 15% off for all VINTRIVIA participants. Its time to put your collection of 'useless facts' to the test!
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Vintrivia! Mari Vineyards Trivia Night

Thursday January 11th, 2018 - 10:00 am

Mari Vineyards

Have you been doing your reading? Read Between the Wines meets in one week to discuss 'When She Woke' by Hillary Jordan. Glasses of wine will be 15% off for those attending! Be sure to attend so that you can help pick February's read! We will start discussion at 5:30pm! ... See MoreSee Less

Have you been doing your reading? Read Between the Wines meets in one week to discuss When She Woke by Hillary Jordan. Glasses of wine will be 15% off for those attending! Be sure to attend so that you can help pick Februarys read! We will start discussion at 5:30pm!

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Be nice to make that appointment. 15% I'd go.)🤩😎

Wednesday January 10th, 2018 - 3:45 pm

Mari Vineyards

Remember to mark your calendars for NEXT WEDNESDAY, January 17th! That will be our first evening of VINTRIVIA, our new trivia night! Food & glasses of wine will be 15% off for all those attending! ... See MoreSee Less

Remember to mark your calendars for NEXT WEDNESDAY, January 17th! That will be our first evening of VINTRIVIA, our new trivia night! Food & glasses of wine will be 15% off for all those attending!

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Great Place for Happy Hour

Mandy Clark 🙂

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