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Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery

Just as every glass holds a story, so does every dream. Creighton Gallagher fell in love with the Traverse City area wine industry in 2007 when he worked at Old Mission Peninsula’s, Brys Estate, with his good friend Coenraad Stassen. Although he was a recent college graduate of Grand Valley State University in Accounting, he could not shake the feeling of discontent working in a cubicle, trying to fit into corporate America.

As a fifth generation farmer, he could not picture himself in any industry besides agriculture. When he met McKenzie, the two often dreamt of owning a winery. In fact, it was McKenzie’s thesis for her MBA. Their first date was at a wine tasting dinner at the Boat House Restaurant hosted by Brys Estate. Inspired by the experience, they began exploring Traverse City and Leelanau County wineries and gained a strong sense of what their winery would be if they ever had an opportunity to start their own.

Then in 2010, they had a chance to purchase a part of the family farm from Creighton’s father, John Gallagher. The stars must have aligned because at the time of the purchase, a 15 acre block of cherry trees needed to be replaced, which opened up an ideal opportunity to replace the trees with 15 acres of grapes. Living on love and lots of hard work, the Gallaghers put their plans in motion to open a tasting room in the Spring of 2016. In addition to their cherry farm and vineyard, the couple have four beautiful children, and are often surrounded by them at their farm.

Rove Estate tasting room offers a perspective of the Leelanau countryside that has rarely been seen. Perched at 1100 feet, the elevation creates the area’s perfect vineyard—southern-exposed slopes, abundant sunlight and cool-air drainage offering protection from the frost—perfect conditions for premium estate grown grapes.

Rove Estate
7007 East Traverse Highway
Traverse City, MI 49684
231-421-7001

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Friday March 22nd, 2019 - 9:10 am

Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery

With it being officially Spring, we thought it was a good time for another #fridayintroduction. 😍❤️🍷
Meet our Vineyard Manager Elliott! He is Creighton's brother and has been a part of our Rove family from the very beginning. Elliott and Creighton come from a long line of farmers. Their father John and grandpa Jack worked the land that is now Rove Estate, for decades. Out of the ten siblings, Elliott is number four (Creighton is number two). Can you tell they look a little bit alike!? 😍 He attended Washington University's Viticulture and Horticulture program, and has been farming on our multi generational farm for most of his life! Working hard in all of the weather elements is second nature to him. He is always willing to do what it takes to get the job done. Although his main priority is our farm- making sure that our vineyard and cherry orchards are in tip top shape, he sometimes puts on a different hat and helps inside the tasting room. He loves talking to guests about farming and what's going on in the vineyard! Rove Estate is family owned, and operated winery. Every person on our dedicated team is truly valued and celebrated.

Elliott is married to his beautiful wife Sarah and together they have Arthur- who we hope one day will be working in the vineyards with his cousins and Dad! 🍇 ❤️ .
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With it being officially Spring, we thought it was a good time for another #fridayintroduction. 😍❤️🍷
Meet our Vineyard Manager Elliott! He is Creightons brother and has been a part of our Rove family from the very beginning.  Elliott and Creighton come from a long line of farmers. Their father John and grandpa Jack worked the land that is now Rove Estate, for decades. Out of the ten siblings, Elliott is number four (Creighton is number two). Can you tell they look a little bit alike!? 😍 He attended Washington Universitys Viticulture and Horticulture program, and has been farming on our multi generational farm for most of his life! Working hard in all of the weather elements is second nature to him. He is always willing to do what it takes to get the job done. Although his main priority is our farm- making sure that our vineyard and cherry orchards are in tip top shape, he sometimes puts on a different hat and helps inside the tasting room. He loves talking to guests about farming and whats going on in the vineyard! Rove Estate is family owned, and operated winery. Every person on our dedicated team is truly valued and celebrated. 

Elliott is married to his beautiful wife Sarah and together they have Arthur- who we hope one day will be working in the vineyards with his cousins and Dad! 🍇 ❤️ .
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#fridayintroduction #vineyardmanager #vineyard #family #farm #rover #traversecity #puremichigan #roveestate

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Nothing like a brother bond!

He always reminds me of our Cecil

So proud of you Elliott!😍

Awesome work, dudes! Can't wait to go back.

Tuesday March 19th, 2019 - 1:44 pm

Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery

The ☀️ is out and our vineyard crew has started pruning. This means spring is around the corner! 🦋🐣🌷
Do you know why pruning is such an important part of our viticultural practices? Comment ⬇️ with your answers!
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#pruning #vineyard #vines #vinetoglass #farming #viticulture #snow #sun #wine #farmlife #photooftheday #traversecity #highestpoint #puremichigan #roveestate
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The ☀️ is out and our vineyard crew has started pruning. This means spring is around the corner! 🦋🐣🌷
Do you know why pruning is such an important part of our viticultural practices? Comment ⬇️ with your answers!
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#pruning #vineyard #vines #vinetoglass #farming #viticulture #snow #sun #wine #farmlife #photooftheday #traversecity #highestpoint #puremichigan #roveestate

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Because they r working on their farmer tans?!

Saturday March 16th, 2019 - 7:42 pm

Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery

This group had a ton of fun today at our Wine and Whiskey tour! Looking for something to do tomorrow on St. Patrick's Day? We still have availability for tomorrow's event! DM us for details. This experience is truly for the craft beverage enthusiast- showcasing the best of both barrels! ☘🍷🥃
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This group had a ton of fun today at our Wine and Whiskey tour! Looking for something to do tomorrow on St. Patricks Day? We still have availability  for tomorrows event! DM us for details. This experience is truly for the craft beverage enthusiast- showcasing the best of both barrels! ☘🍷🥃
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#wine #whiskey #stpatricksday #sundayfunday #green #vineyard #groupshot #leftfootcharley #tcwhiskey #roveestate #traversecity

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Charles Hutchinson

Friday March 15th, 2019 - 9:19 am

Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery

Friends! To help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’re giving away TWO FREE tickets to an exclusive tasting experience at Left Foot Charley, Rove Estate, and Traverse City Whiskey Co. this weekend!
Date: March 17th, 2019
Must be 21 years or older to attend.
GIVEAWAY RULES:
1) like 👍 this post
2) follow Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery Left Foot Charley Winery & Traverse City Whiskey Co.
3) tag your best pub crawl friend below👇
We’ll pick the winner at 8 pm (EST)
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Friends! To help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’re giving away TWO FREE tickets to an exclusive tasting experience at Left Foot Charley, Rove Estate, and Traverse City Whiskey Co. this weekend!
Date: March 17th, 2019
Must be 21 years or older to attend. 
GIVEAWAY RULES:
1) like 👍 this post
2) follow Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery Left Foot Charley Winery & Traverse City Whiskey Co. 
3) tag your best pub crawl friend below👇
We’ll pick the winner at 8 pm (EST) 
LIKE, FOLLOW, TAG

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Hey everyone! Our winner is not able to make it last minute! First person to respond to this comment wins 2 tickets! Starts at noon at Traverse City Whiskey Co. 🥃☘🍷

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Friday March 15th, 2019 - 9:12 am

Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery

What are you doing this weekend to celebrate #StPatricksDay? Do not miss our 3rd annual St. Patrick's Day EVE EVE celebration tonight from 5 - 8pm! We have happy hour specials all day, awesome giveaways, live Celtic music and will feature Opa Uptown Catering's Corned Beef dip with warm pita! It's time to party like a #winegeese 🍷☘️🎻
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What are you doing this weekend to celebrate #StPatricksDay? Do not miss our 3rd annual St. Patricks Day EVE EVE celebration tonight from 5 - 8pm!  We have happy hour specials all day, awesome giveaways, live Celtic music and will feature Opa Uptown Caterings Corned Beef dip with warm pita!  Its time to party like a #winegeese 🍷☘️🎻
📷 credit @captured by grace
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