This New Leelanau Wine Tasting Experience Lets You Sip Bubbly on the Bay

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Leelanau Cellars is giving us another reason to love summer with its brand-new kayak cruise, Bubbly on the Bay. Paddling with a cold can of bubbly in hand, well, it just doesn’t get any better.

This one-of-a-kind Leelanau wine tasting experience starts in downtown Traverse City on the TC Brew Bus (BYO drinks welcome). Climb aboard and your Bubbly on the Bay guide will take you north on M22—expect epic views—to Leelanau Cellars’ tasting room on crystal-clear Omena Bay. (Friends, the water’s color can only be described as tropical paradise. You’ve just gotta see it.)

These bright blues welcome you for water-side wine tastings of Leelanau Cellars’ three new canned winesWinter White Bubbly, Great Lakes Red Bubbly and Summer Sunset Rosé Bubbly. Delightfully fizzy and easy-to-sip, the sweet trio is available at major retailers and the tasting room.

Fun Fact: Two cans contain the same amount of wine as a bottle (750 ML).

After your easy-going, 45-minute paddle, head inside the tasting room to sample from more than 60 wines. (P.S. All wine tastings are free at Leelanau Cellars and have been since 1974.) Tour-exclusive discounts will be available on bottles and merchandise, and you’ll get fun Bubbly on the Bay swag. After you’ve lived your best morning or afternoon—ever—the Brew Bus will drop you off back in downtown Traverse City. (Purchase four cans, or more, for you and your friends and get a free six-pack cooler for the bus ride back.)

Grab your adventure-loving buddies and book your Bubbly on the Bay tour.

Bubbly on the Bay Tour Dates

Morning and afternoon tours are available, June through August. Morning tours run from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Afternoon tours are 3–6:30 p.m. (The 3.5-hour tour includes driving to and from the tasting room.) Pricing + more info here.

June: 4, 11, 18 & 25

July: 2, 9, 11, 16, 23, 25 & 30

August: 6, 13, 15, 20, 27 & 29