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Northern Michigan Vacations: The tempering effect of the Great Lakes, the soil of glacial till, the hills and ridges that let air and water flow across the land … it all adds up to a climate and place just right for growing some of the world’s classic wine grapes. Take a day to savor both the wines and the gorgeous landscape of TC and Old Mission Peninsula with an afternoon along the wine trail (designated driver recommended).
OLD MISSION PENINSULA
Brys Estate: The luxe tasting room here is a perfect complement to vintner Coenraad Stassen’s sophisticated wines. Artful reds, crisp whites and a lovely brick patio for enjoying the scenery. 3309 BLUE WATER RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.223.9303, BRYSESTATE.COM.
Two Lads: Vintners Cornel Olivier and Chris Baldyga have made a name for themselves teasing out delicate, nuanced flavors from sustainably grown wines, particularly cool-climate reds, sparkling wines and small-batch whites. 16985 SMOKEY HOLLOW RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.223.7722, 2LWINERY.COM.
Chateau Grand Traverse: This winery helped put Michigan on the map for world-class wines. Showcasing fine reds, whites, rieslings and specialty cherry wines. 12239 CENTER RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.223.7355, CGTWINES.COM.
Chateau Chantal: This Old World–inspired winery and B&B sits on a hilltop, affording gorgeous views of grapevine-trellised hillsides and Grand Traverse Bay. Live jazz Thursday evenings; look for special tours and treats in honor of the winery’s 20th anniversary, July 6–20. 15900 RUE DE VIN, TRAVERSE CITY, 800.969.4009, CHATEAUCHANTAL.COM.
Peninsula Cellars: A historic one-room schoolhouse serves as the tasting room for this family-run winery. The line here includes a selection of memorable fruit wines. 11480 CENTER RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.223.4050, PENINSULACELLARS.COM.
Black Star Farms Old Mission: The cool atmosphere at this tasting room includes a cozy fireplace and a bar made of wine barrels. Try award-winning wines and brandies from the onsite distillery. 360 MCKINLEY RD., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.944.1300, BLACKSTARFARMS.COM.