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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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Mari Vineyards On Facebook

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Tuesday May 21st, 2019 - 10:31 am

Mari Vineyards

Please note we will be closing at 5pm today. But next week, we will be starting up our open mic night series again! Every Tuesday from 5:30-7pm. Stay tuned for more details! ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday May 16th, 2019 - 9:43 am

Mari Vineyards

Please note we will not have Music at Mari today, and will be closing at 5pm. Apologies for any inconvenience! ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday May 14th, 2019 - 2:47 pm

Mari Vineyards

This week's wine deal is....
Scriptorium!
This off dry Riesling is quite the crowd-pleaser. Stop in before Sunday to get 20% off bottles, and 10% off glasses!
Happy Michigan Wine Month!
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This weeks wine deal is....
Scriptorium!
This off dry Riesling is quite the crowd-pleaser. Stop in before Sunday to get 20% off bottles, and 10% off glasses!
Happy Michigan Wine Month!

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Brenda Schmidt Andersen....here is their FB page.

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Wednesday May 8th, 2019 - 9:00 am

Mari Vineyards

Please note that the tasting room will be closing at 5pm today (Wednesday, May 8th). We apologize for any inconvenience! ... See MoreSee Less

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