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Best Old Mission Peninsula Wineries to Visit this Summer

June 14, 2021 11:03 am

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The Old Mission Peninsula, located just minutes from Downtown Traverse City, is the heart of Michigan’s wine region. It sits close to the 45th parallel, which is the same latitude as the Rhone Valley in France, or Piedmont in Italy. This, along with the Grand Traverse Bay, provides the ideal maritime climate and rich soil for growing delicious grapes.

This narrow 19-mile stretch of land is home to 10 wineries. With breathtaking views, Old Mission is the perfect wine destination for your next getaway. 

Bowers Harbor VineyardsBowers Harbor Winery

2896 Bowers Harbor Road

The Bowers Harbor Vineyard produces over 30 wines and ciders, and offers wine tastings and dinners in a beautiful tasting room overlooking Grand Traverse Bay. They even have a dog-friendly patio for enjoying the amazing views of the vines with your best friend.

2 Lads

16985 Smokey Hollow Road

With 23 acres of established vineyards, 2 Lads Winery specializes in cool climate red wines like Pinot Noir or Cabernet Franc and sparkling wines, even a sparkling rosé. The modern, 10,500 sq ft facility is environmentally friendly and features stunning views of East Grand Traverse Bay.

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery 

3309 Blue Water Road

Spanning 111 acres, this is one of the largest vineyards and wineries on Old Mission Peninsula. Its 58,000 vines are planted less than a mile from Lake Michigan in an excellent terrior. The winery includes an old-world tasting room and a unique outdoor deck with panoramic views of the vineyards and the lake. 

Be sure to also venture to their secret garden, located past the vineyards in the valley below. Its lavender garden is set to bloom during the summer months of July and August. The scent is so fragrant!

Chateau Chantal

15900 Rue de Vin

Located atop a hill, Chateau Chantal offers expansive views of the vineyards, farmland, and the Grand Traverse Bay stretching across both sides of the peninsula. You can admire the scenic views in all directions from its tasting room and patios. The winery even includes an inn for a French-style B&B experience. 

Chateau Chantal focuses on Michigan wines, producing Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and other varietals.

Black Star Farms 

360 McKinley Rd. East

While their actual vineyard and farm are located on neighboring Leelanau Peninsula, Black Star Farms has a wine tasting room on Old Mission Peninsula. Relax and enjoy the cozy ambiance while sipping on a glass of wine from an extensive selection of over 45 wines, ciders, and spirits. 

Chateau Grand Traverse 

12239 Center Road

As Northern Michigan’s oldest winery, Chateau Grand Traverse offers a wide selection of home-grown varietal and fruit wines. Enjoy their complimentary guided winery tours, beautiful views, and overnight stays at their inn. Wine tastings are offered on a first come, first-serve basis, at just $7 per person!

Tabone Vineyards 

14916 Peninsula Drive

Located off Peninsula Drive, this winery focuses on small-batch, estate-grown wines, including Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and more. Reservations are recommended for anyone visiting the bustling vineyaard, while walk-ins are permitted as space permits. 

Hawthorne Vineyards 

1000 Camino Maria Dr.

Located on over 80 acres, Hawthorne Vineyards has one of the most secluded Old Mission Peninsula tasting room sites. It is located on a high bluff, overlooking both East and West Grand Traverse Bay. The winery also hosts an outdoor patio, as well as a wood-burning fireplace where you can get cozy while enjoying a glass of wine and admiring the views.

Peninsula Cellars

11480 Center Rd

The Kroupa family has been farming the land at the Penninsula Cellars for over a hundred years. The historic Maple Grove Schoolhouse serves as their tasting room, offering red and white varietals, fruit wines, and hard ciders in a warm, charming coming atmosphere. The winery takes a minimalist approach to their wine with simple flavors that are sure to please the palate. 

Mari Vineyards 

8175 Center Road

As an homage to his Italian roots, Mari Vineyards’ founder Marty Lagina planted European varieties such as Nebbiolo and Sangiovese alongside classically grown Michigan varieties like Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Riesling. Even the building and the drive up to it are designed to make you feel like you’ve been transported to Tuscany. The tasting room offers views of the vineyards, as well as soaring views of East Grand Traverse Bay. 

Experience the Best of Old Mission Peninsula at Delamar Traverse City

As the newest addition to the Delamar family, Delamar Traverse City offers exquisite views of Grand Traverse Bay, a waterfront Restaurant, and the perfect home base from which to explore the wineries at Old Mission Peninsula. Book your stay with us today and enjoy Michigan’s lush wine tradition first hand!

Our Guide to Wineries in Connecticut

May 11, 2021 1:24 pm

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The warm Spring and Summer months are some of best times for wine tastings. Since the grapes are still growing, wine enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike can witness firsthand how the grapes are grown and harvested, while socializing and enjoying the great outdoors. 

Connecticut is home to dozens of picturesque vineyards and wineries that offer colorful landscapes, wine tastings, picnics, events, and more. Here is a list of some of our favorite wineries and vineyards, all near one of our relaxing Delamar locations.

Gouveia Vineyards – Wallingford

Located high on 140 acres, the winery showcases 360-degree panoramic views of sun-kissed woodlands, open fields and over 22 acres of vineyards. The winery sells meat & cheese and fruit & cheese platters along with sandwiches to go with your wine. But patrons are also encouraged to bring their own meals for a scenic picnic with a glass of one of their 11 award-winning wines.

Crystal Ridge Winery – South Glastonbury

With panoramic views of Hartford skyline to the north and Meriden hillsides to the west, this family-owned vineyard + winery offers visitors a cozy tasting room to enjoy top-quality wines and breathtaking views. 

Crystal Ridge has approximately 10,000 vines and offers about a dozen different wines, including several estate varieties like Chardonnay, a Vignoles, Sangiovese, and a Cabernet Franc.

Jones Winery – Shelton

Snuggled in the stunning White Hills of Shelton, this winery is part of the Jones Family Farms that have been in the Jones Family for over 6 generations.

The Tasting Room is located in a renovated 19th-century historic dairy barn. Guests to the winery get to taste six to seven of the winery’s distinctive wines, learn about Connecticut winemaking and the farm’s history in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The farm also hosts cooking classes, winery events, and other farm events year-round. 

Aquila’s Nest Vineyards – Sandy Hook

Although it’s relatively new, this family-owned winery, tasting room, and event venue provides visitors with delicious drinks, spectacular views, and a space to make connections. The winery and tasting room are located on a hilltop inside a brushed-steel, barn-like building, with breathtaking views of Northern Fairfield County. 

Up until 2019 Aquila’s Nest has planted 8 grape varieties in the 7.5-acre vineyard of the 40-acre farm, including Chambourcin, Marquette, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Cayuga White, Baco Noir, Traminette, and Valvin Muscat.

Priam Vineyards – Colchester

This completely solar-powered winery and sustainable vineyard is in the Salmon River Watershed. The winery produces twelve international award-winning wines that are estate-grown, blended, and bottled. The 40-acre farm has 12,000 grapevines in production, with a breathtaking 35-mile view of the New England countryside.

The winery tasting bar, tasting room, and wine patio are open all year round. You can stop by during business hours for tastings and self-guided tours of the vineyard or book a group tasting and guided tour. 

Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery – Wallingford

Settled on sixty-five acres of rolling hills and hayfields, this family-owned winery provides a fun place to enjoy the company of family and friends while overlooking their stunning vineyards.

The boutique Tuscan-style wine tasting room features a handcrafted copper bar, decorative chandeliers, and mahogany tables, providing a beautiful setting to relax and enjoy the Connecticut countryside while sipping on a glass of wine.

Connecticut Valley Winery – New Hartford

Experience the charm of a small, family-owned winery while being surrounded by picturesque Litchfield County. The winery features a selection of award-winning wines ranging from reds to whites and specialty wines. 

Be sure to bring some snacks or lunch to enjoy with your wine while sitting out on the patio surrounded by lush vines laden with grapes.

DiGrazia Vineyards & Winery – Brookfield

Founded in 1978, DiGrazia Vineyards grow premium French Hybrid grape varieties exclusively on over 45 acres of land. The winery over 15 wines, ranging from dry to sweet, using estate-grown grapes and local fruits. 

Visitors to the winery and vineyards can enjoy a winery tour, wine tasting, and a picnic area on the patio.

Hawk Ridge Winery – Watertown

With over 58 acres of farmland overlooking the scenic Litchfield Hills, Hawk Ridge grows 8 varietals of grapevines that are used in 11 of their 20 plus different wines. 

Visitors can sit out on their large deck, or an Adirondack chair on our expansive lawn, enjoy live music and sip on the wine of their choosing. Whether you prefer dry or sweet, red, white or rosé, you’re bound to find a wine you like at Hawk Ridge. 

Sunset Meadow Vineyards – Goshen

Located in scenic Litchfield Hills, this family-owned sustainably farmed vineyard operates on over 160 acres of land producing 15 varieties of grapes. 

The winery—located inside an 1800s German Bank Barn—has been featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and has won Gold Medals for 7 different wines. 

Enjoy the Best of Summer at Delamar

With three convenient and dog-friendly locations throughout Connecticut, DELAMAR is the perfect place to unwind and recharge after a day of wine tastings. 

L’escale and Artisan Restaurant have been named Wine Spectator Awarded Wine list, with Artisan being honored with the 2020 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Our Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer artfully creates menus with locally and seasonally inspired dishes, perfect to accompany any of our extensive wine offerings. The sommeliers at each of our restaurants can help choose the perfect bottle to pair with our carefully crafted dishes. Raise a glass and celebrate good friends and family!