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Mari Vineyards – Time-lapse of the Wine Caves Construction

From the beginning phases of planning for Mari Vineyards, Marty Lagina’s goal was to make the winery energy efficient and reduce its carbon footprint. While there have been numerous additions to make this possible, one of the most ambitious has been the wine caves.

You can learn more about the caves by visiting our caverns page.

Construction started on the caves in October 2014 (the start of the video) and the main cave structure was finished in January of 2015 (end of the video). It’s hard to see just how large the wine caves are below Mari Vineyards, so we thought showing you a video of the tunnels being constructed would give you the full picture.

If you really enjoy the time-lapse video let us know and we will add additional construction videos in anticipation of our grand opening.


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Chateau Chantal – Harvest Fest 2015 – October 3, 2015

Share with us the excitement of Harvest! Mark & Brian’s cellar & still will be open to smell wines, stomp grapes & tour. Our tasting room staff will serve wine tastes & take private label orders. SPECIAL PRICING on full case orders of any one varietal of wine!

Activities for all, open to public:

1:00 pm: Mini Slurpin’ Seminar – Learn the basics of wine tasting – slurping noises encouraged!
2:00 pm: Grape Stompin’– Put Lucille Ball to shame & get in line for your chance to crush grapes the old fashioned way: with your feet!
3:00pm: Distillation Seminar – join the winemakers as they show off their shiny copper pot still.

Discounts & Other Fun

• Exclusive case discounts of 20% off a full case of any one wine
• Wines by the glass from our tasting room, East Bay Wine Patio & newly opened West Wine Patio
• New vintage wines & products
• Wine Aroma Challenge & displays
• Register early for Wine & Cooking Seminars
• Bed & Breakfast reservations & packages
• Private label wines (order before the holiday rush!)

Wine Tasting open to the public all day from 11am-7pm. Must be over 21 to taste.


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The Hunt for the Reds of October – Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail – October 23 – 25, 2015

Leelanau Peninsula has become well-known for its Riesling and other cool-climate white varietals and blends. What is often overlooked, however, are the high-quality red wines being grown in the region.

“We’re growing great reds on the peninsula, and we look forward to sharing them,” says Alan Eaker, owner of Longview Winery in Cedar. “Our Pinot Noirs are light and aromatic, showing more of the true characteristics of the grape varietal than many other regions. Our Cabernet Francs and Merlots are bigger and more complex with a memory of the Leelanau Peninsula in every glass.”

To help get beneath the surface, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail hosts a free and fun event to explore and discover great red wines of Leelanau Peninsula. The Hunt for the Reds of October takes place the weekend of October 23-25, 2015. For the entire weekend, each of 23 participating wineries offer a free tasting of a diverse red wines: big and bold Cabernet Francs and Merlots, aromatic and spicy Pinot Noirs and many more. The event is free to all who know the secret launch code: “The hunt is on!”


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Toast the Season – Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail – Nov. 7 – 8 and Nov. 14 – 15, 2015

Celebrate the upcoming holiday season enjoying local wine and delicious fare along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. Each year in November, enjoy tasting and touring during one of two consecutive weekends – November 7 and 8 or November 14 and 15, 2015.

Tickets are $75 for couples or $50 for singles and include a featured wine and food pairing at 22 wineries, a souvenir wine glass and the wildly popular holiday gift. Take a self-guided tour through the tasting rooms between the hours of 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday.

Bringing your own driver or have a friend not interested in drinking? Add a Designated Driver ticket for $25 so your non-drinking friend may still enjoy food along the trail as well as the holiday gift.

Wine and Food Pairings

“This is a great time for families and friends to gather to celebrate the upcoming season and even get started on their holiday shopping,” says winemaker Adam Satchwell of Shady Lane Cellars. “Wines and other items from Leelanau Peninsula tasting rooms are the perfect gifts for the holidays. Our wines complement holiday meals, cocktail parties or any gathering and they make great gifts!”


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Chateau Chantal Winery and B and B

The Begin family, Robert, Nadine and daughter Marie-Chantal, opened the doors of Chateau Chantal in 1993 upon the completion of a French style three room B&B, winery and vineyard estates. The winery and B&B has since undergone a 15,000 square foot expansion which increased the total rooms available to eleven. Located on a 65-acre estate on Old Mission Peninsula, in one of the most scenic areas of the Great Lakes, Chateau Chantal offers a unique Old World experience that combines vineyard and winery, B&B lodging and friendly company, all in a relaxing rural landscape featuring breathtaking views, local beaches, trails and quiet country roads. Our B&B guests enjoy exceptional amenities. From cozy rooms to spacious suites, featuring views of vineyards and fresh water, terrace or balcony, wet bar, whirlpool tub, high ceilings, and elegant furnishings. The inn itself offers fireplaces and sitting areas, ample breakfasts and attentive front desk staff.

Chateau Chantal was established in 1983, when cherry orchards were replaced with grafted vinifera grape vines – the same species of wine grape grown along other parts of the 45th parallel in the Bordeaux region of France.

Acreage is planted with Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Pinot Meunier. Wine grapes thrive in the unique micro-climate characteristic of this enviable area of the State. Our handcrafted wines are produced under our winemaker’s meticulous supervision from vineyard to bottle.

More About Chateau Chantal

Chateau Chantal Wine Dinners – starting Mid-June

Chateau Chantal Sensory Treat Tours

Chateau Chantal B&B
15900 Rue de Vin
Traverse City, MI 49686


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Chateau Chantal – Photos From Instagram

Here are the latest photos of Chateau Chantal via Instagram. Tag your Chateau Chantal instagram photos with #chateauchantal and they will appear here in our Chateau Chantal Instagram Photo Stream.



Bel Lago Vineyards and Winery

Bel Lago… Beautiful Lake. Bel Lago wines are made from grapes grown in family-owned vineyards overlooking Lake Leelanau and Lake Michigan.

Bel Lago Vineyards and Winery was founded in 1987 by Domenic, Ruth, and Amy Iezzoni and Charles Edson. The emphasis at Bel Lago has been on quality, with an unwavering commitment to excellence.

We are winegrowers, and believe firmly, the old adage “the wines are made in the vineyard.”

Bel Lago wines are based on the production of quality fruit from select clones of a very unique varietals mix.

We invite you to enjoy our carefully crafted Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Auxerrois, as well as a variety of other wines.


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Bel Lago Vineyards and Winery
6530 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Cedar, MI 49621


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Bel Lago Vineyards and Winery – Photos From Instagram

Here are the latest photos of the Bel Lago Winery via instagram. If you have an instagram photo to share of your visit to Bel Lago Winery, choose “Bel Lago Winery” as your location and your photos will appear in the photo stream below.


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Two Lads Winery

2 Lads Winery is a 10,500 square foot facility located on 58 acres on the Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan. We currently have 23 acres of established vineyards in three separate blocks that were planted in 1999, 2001 and 2008. We specialize in cool climate red and sparkling wines and have small runs of white wines to round out the lot. Sustainably farming our land is paramount to the health of our soil, vines and grapes at 2 Lads Winery. You get what you give!

Our multi-level facility uses gravity-flow and gentle-handling techniques to transport the juice and wine throughout processing, racking and aging. The gravity-flow process saves energy, reduces noise, and is a far more gentle way to process the juice and wine than classic winemaking methods. When you run wine or juice through a pump or filter, you can break up many of the desirable compounds that are forming in the wine. The aromatics, flavors and colors are all delicate components in wine and need to be fostered and encouraged to build into the complex structure of a young wine. When you manipulate and handle wine too much or too roughly, you can lose little pieces of all three of these components. Come taste the difference.

Look for good things from 2 Lads on Old Mission Peninsula (


Two Lads Winery
16985 Smokey Hollow Road
Traverse City, Michigan 49686


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L. Mawby

Our goal has always been to produce the finest wines possible. We strive to make wines that express the unique soil and climate in which they grow, the personal attention they are given in vineyard and wine cellar, and the winegrower’s esthetic. Our wines are living things, raised with care, giving voice to our joie de vivre.

We have produced estate grown and bottled Leelanau Peninsula wines since our first crush in the fall of 1978. Now we make principally methode champenoise and cuve close method sparkling wines. Most wines are from our estate vineyards; however, we are producing some wines from grapes purchased from other vineyards. Our current annual production is less than 4000 cases: this modest volume allows us the pleasure of winemaking in the style we enjoy – barrel fermented small lots made with minimal handling.

All of our L. Mawby sparkling wines are made using the methode champenoise, and are aged in the bottle before disgorging, with many cuvees being given 3 or more years of tirage aging. Our M. Lawrence sparkling wines are produced in the cuve close method, are given less aging, and are less costly than the method champenoise sparkling wines.

Visit Us:

Open year round – Hours vary by season

May through October:
Monday through Saturday – Noon to 6pm
Sunday – Noon to 5pm

November through April:

Thursday through Saturday – Noon to 5pm

We always offer at least two wines for tasting free of charge; and feature paid tasting flights of 2 sparkling wines with small bites of food, costing between $7 and $15 depending upon the wines you choose.

Some of the wines we produce are available for sale only in our tasting room and here on the web, notably Sandpiper. Also, some wines are available only to our FIZZ Club members; for information on joining, click FIZZ.

L. Mawby
4519 S Elm Valley Rd
Suttons Bay, MI 49682


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Boskydel Vineyard


Effective Dec. 24, 2017, we will cease winery and tasting room operations.

After 42 years, we feel that we have fulfilled our original purpose and it’s time to pursue other interests. The vineyard operations will continue and leasing options are available for anyone interested. For information on leasing, call Andy at 231-620-4077.

Boskydel Vineyard
7501 E. Otto Road
Lake Leelanau, MI 49653


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Boskydel Vineyard – Photos From Instagram

Here are the latest photos of Boskydel Vineyard via instagram. If you have an instagram photo to share of your visit to a Boskydel Vineyard, tag it with #boskydel and your photos will appear in the photo stream below.



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


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Mari Vineyards On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the Mari Vineyards Page On Facebook.


Friday March 22nd, 2019 - 11:59 am

Mari Vineyards

Dan was a friend, mentor, and inspiration to the Lagina family throughout their involvement with Oak Island. His loss will be felt deeply, and our hearts go out to the Blankenship family and everyone else who had the privilege to know Dan.We are saddened by the loss of Dan Blankenship, a beloved member of the HISTORY family. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. ... See MoreSee Less

Dan was a friend, mentor, and inspiration to the Lagina family throughout their involvement with Oak Island. His loss will be felt deeply, and our hearts go out to the Blankenship family and everyone else who had the privilege to know Dan.

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So sad. I truly feel the past few years were certainly enhanced by your friendship and the continue of the hunt. May he Rest In Peace and watch over those still keeping up the search on Oak Island.

The show will certainly not be the same without Dan. I always loved that you kept him involved with everything and he was still so sharp for his age. My deepest condolences to Dave and his family and the entire crew of Curse of Oak Island. Nova Scotia lost a good one this week 🙁

He was a highly respected man. He will be missed. I wonder if y'all could name a wine after him like y'all did the shaft cans. Maybe some of the proceeds could go to his son Dave and family.

We are very sorry to hear of this. He was quite an inspiration to the team and television show, his experience on Oak Island is undoubtedly exceptional then many others that have been there before. I give my condolences to the Oak Island team and especially Dave Blankenship which I'm sure that he is very saddened at the loss of his father. God bless all of you, Dan certainly knows the secret now.

He was most definitely an Oak Island treasure ... 😥

So sorry I loved seeing him he was so knowledgeable on oak island we love that show

Dan Blankenship & Fred Nolan knew more about Oak Island then anyone else on this Earth. I will miss seeing both of them on the show. R.I.P.

He played such a important role in the history of Oak Island and held a treasure full of knowledge. He never seemed to miss a step when recalling every detail of his hunt for the treasure and getting to the truth of what happened there. Your whole team treated him with the utmost respect and love and I'm sure you are all heartbroken at his passing.

I was saddened the other day when I first read about it. He was such a wealth if knowledge, and I loved how you included him so much. Sending prayers to Dave and the whole oak island family.

So glad Rick and Marty helped him to fill his dream about Oak Island. Sorry he didn’t make it longer to learn more things. RIP

Very sorry to hear of this. Enjoyed watching Dan on TV. He was family to everyone who knew him and watched him. I'm still stunned by his passing. Many prayers, love and hugs going out the Blankenship family and also to the Lagina family and Oak Island Crew as well. He will be greatly missed.

So very sorry for everyone’s loss. Dan was living proof that it is only the body that wares out because his mind was as sharp as a tack. He will be missed. 🙏🙏

So sorry for the loss of your good friend. His insight with oak island, was priceless!

Thoughts and prayers to the Blankenship family and all involved with Oak Island, sending love from Scotland ❤️

Condolences to the entire Oak Island family. May all of your memories of Dan bring peace to your hearts.

Such a treasure! Sorry for your loss guys! But he will always be on the island, helping you all in spirit! Hugs!

My heart goes out to his family and all Oak Island team. May he Rest In Peace. Sending love from Portugal 🇵🇹❤

Oh so very sad to hear. Condolences to his family and the whole Oak Island team.

My heart goes out to his family and the entire Oak Island team as well as those of us who have admired and loved him from afar. May all his questions be answered. ❤️🙏 Dan will greatly be missed. I loved to watch his expressions as he viewed your efforts to solve this mystery. The awe and admiration was unforgettable. May he Rest In Peace.

RIP, sir. I greatly appreciate your tireless efforts and passion to find the truth about Oak Island. I regret that you won’t be here if any big treasure is found, but, nevertheless,you certainly played a huge part in the finding of it. Your family, friends, and history will all remember you, Mr. Blankenship. God bless.

So sorry for the loss of the beloved Oak Island family. Dan will be missed.

Our condolences to his family and the Oak Island family. I'm sure his presents in future filming will be missed , but the mysterious legacy will be enjoyed for years to come.

Such sad news about Dan Blankenship. Please pass on my condolences to Dave and his family. Also to the Lagina family and all associates of the show. May Dan rest in peace

Thoughts and prayers to his family and the Oak Island team ❤

Love and prayers to all of the Oak Island family. I know how much you wanted the dear man to share the journey through to the end.

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Thursday March 14th, 2019 - 9:54 am

Mari Vineyards

Have you tried our wine of the month yet? Our Gewürztraminer is an exciting wine, filled with flavors of vanilla, juniper, and blossoms. For the month of March, you can get 1 glass or 1 bottle of this wine at 10% off; or 2+ at 15% off! Stop by before this special is gone! ... See MoreSee Less

Have you tried our wine of the month yet? Our Gewürztraminer is an exciting wine, filled with flavors of vanilla, juniper, and blossoms. For the month of March, you can get 1 glass or 1 bottle of this wine at 10% off; or 2+ at 15% off! Stop by before this special is gone!

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Yeah! It’s excellent

I would LOVE to try your wine, alas I can't find it in Canada.

We tasted your Gewurztraminer this week & it was good. We bought a bottle while we were there.

I loved this photo so much it's now my phone wallpaper. 🙂

Do you ship?

Love from Italia 🌺

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Thursday March 7th, 2019 - 10:06 am

Mari Vineyards

Ben Law Photography did it again! A beautiful proposal in our caves captured in these incredible pictures. Congratulations to the happy couple!The secret is out! Congratulations Cory and Alyssa!
Cory went above and beyond to make this moment a true surprise and absolutely perfect! What started as a 'trip to pick up wine' turned into a beautiful afternoon tour of Mari Vineyards that ended in the most thoughtful proposal and surprise afternoon of celebration with friends and family! We can't wait to share more from this beautiful winter proposal!
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Ben Law Photography did it again! A beautiful proposal in our caves captured in these incredible pictures. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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How beautiful!! 💗💗💗

Oh wow beautiful picture 🌞

Romántico ♥️

How awesome!

Nicely done. Congratulations!

Awww w nice!!!

Thank you for hosting such an incredibly memorable proposal and celebration!

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Monday February 25th, 2019 - 8:27 am

Mari Vineyards

Hi all, it’s me, the bearer of bad news. Due to poor road conditions we are keeping the tasting room closed today (Monday). Stay safe all! ... See MoreSee Less

Hi all, it’s me, the bearer of bad news. Due to poor road conditions we are keeping the tasting room closed today (Monday). Stay safe all!

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Regardless the weather. This view is wonderful ( I've been here a couple times ) going back april 5th 😍😍😍😍

West Virginia, recovering from damaging wind

Better safe than sorry, it has been awful up here in Brutus, just north of Petoskey.


greetings from Germany - twenty degrees in the sun, blue sky and the first crocuses...

Enjoy the beauty. Here in North Carolina we are having a Medium-High Pollen Alert...

The roads are pretty much just ice at this point. Really no one should be on them.

Safety first!

Stay safe friends!

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