Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Guide to Leelanau Peninsula Wineries

After a week in northern Michigan visiting 20+ wineries along the Leelanau Peninsula I thought I would share a few of my favorites. The diverse microclimates in the peninsula are perfect for a variety of wine grapes including Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The wine, the views and the passionate winemakers are what sets Michigan wines apart from the rest.

My Favorite: Shady Lane Cellars - For the coziest tasting room and best (new) patio head over to Shady Lane Cellars and enjoy a glass (or bottle) of their Coop de Rose. Their friendly staff and amazing wine will keep you coming back (we visited three times on our trip).

Best Tasting Room: Leelanau Cellars- You can't beat these views of the bay from the Leelanau Cellars tasting room or their incredible wine. I'm a huge fan of their Summer Sunset (rose) and Tall Ship Chardonnay that are perfect for summer.

Best Newcomer: Aurora Cellars- Aurora Cellars recently opened and after attending their grand opening event we were really impressed by their tasting room and great wine. Their semi-dry white wine Luminous is a great choice to enjoy on their patio while overlooking the vineyards.

Best Red Wine: Brys Estate - The Cab/Merlot at Brys Estate is an all time favorite for my family with an Italian dinner. Visiting their tasting room is always a highlight and we really enjoyed their new walk out deck this summer that allows you to walk above the vines.

Best White Wine: Boathouse Vineyards -  Located on the Narrows in Lake Leelanau Boathouse Vineyards is my top pick for enjoying a glass of Dry Riesling. My sister and I love grabbing a glass of wine from the tasting room and watching the boats travel through the Narrows.




  1. Your trip looks like so much fun!! Thanks for the wine recommendations.. I'm always looking for those :)

    xo, erica

  2. Beautiful pictures! Those wineries look so pretty!


  3. This looks like such a fabulous time! You and your sis are too cute :)

    26 and Not Counting

  4. Love your post about Michigan wines! My family is Leland obsessed!! I'm also a big fan of Brys Estate.



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