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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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Wednesday January 9th, 2019 - 9:21 am

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Have you gotten your tickets for Winter Warm-Up yet? We're so pumped to be partnering with The Good Bowl, one of the newer restaurants in Traverse City. This event is always a great way to get out in the middle of winter and enjoy the wineries!We're closing in on our 2019 Winter Warm Up trail event. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, grab them while you still can! Participating restaurants include Hearth & Vine Cafe, Carissa Cakes, The Good Bowl, Siren Hall, S2S Sugar 2 Salt, The Cheese Lady Traverse City, Poppycocks, Chef's In, and more! For just $30 in advance, you'll taste small bites from each of these restaurants paired with award-winning wines. Tickets at mynorthtickets.com/events/winter-warm-up-bdb739a8-f3dd-4a08-8c21-157ff70d4c59-copy-copy-7469900f-... ... See MoreSee Less

Have you gotten your tickets for Winter Warm-Up yet? Were so pumped to be partnering with The Good Bowl, one of the newer restaurants in Traverse City. This event is always a great way to get out in the middle of winter and enjoy the wineries!

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Donna Godfrey, Jay Harrison, I can plan your weekends for you...lol. This looks fun too!

Friday January 4th, 2019 - 9:51 am

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Today is our first Local's Happy Hour day! Stop by from 11-6 to enjoy your discounts for being awesome residents. ... See MoreSee Less

Today is our first Locals Happy Hour day! Stop by from 11-6 to enjoy your discounts for being awesome residents.

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That is just fabulous!!!!

Donna Godfrey

Wednesday January 2nd, 2019 - 11:12 am

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NASA is showing the first images of Ultima Thule! Do you have a bottle of OUR Ultima Thule saved at home to celebrate with?

Congratulations to NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration on the groundbreaking work!🚨NEW! 🚨 First image of #UltimaThule!

At left is a composite of two images taken by New Horizons' high-resolution Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), which provides the best indication of Ultima Thule's size and shape so far. Preliminary measurements of this Kuiper Belt object suggest it is approximately 20 miles long by 10 miles wide (32 kilometers by 16 kilometers). bit.ly/flyby-photo

More photos to come on Jan 2nd and Jan 3rd!
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NASA is showing the first images of Ultima Thule! Do you have a bottle of OUR Ultima Thule saved at home to celebrate with? 

Congratulations to NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration on the groundbreaking work!

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Aaron Chandler Joe Busscher Mirjana Markus

Yes, 2012!

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