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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
800-969-4009

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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.
 

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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
231-228-4800

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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 (MLive.com)

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Two Lads Winery
16985 Smokey Hollow Road
Traverse City, Michigan 49686
231-223-7722

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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
231-271-3522

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Boskydel Vineyard

BoskydelAll of Boskydel wines are 100-percent estate-bottled. That means the grapes used to make the wine came from our “estate” or property. Some wineries would lead you to believe that you are drinking a local product, but if it doesn’t say Leelanau Peninsula or Old Mission Peninsula on the label, the grapes could have come from just about anywhere.

All Boskydel wines are French-American hybrids, grown to withstand the cold winters while producing a high-quality stock of vin ordinaires, which can be enjoyed at substantially lower prices than wines of “higher breeding.”

Our promise to you

We sell high-quality wines made from grapes grown on the premises. We use French-American hybrid vines, which are cold-hardy and able to ripen well. We offer our wines at affordable prices for everyday use.

Boskydel Vineyard
7501 E. Otto Road
Lake Leelanau, MI 49653
231-256-7272

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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.

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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

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

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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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