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The mesoclimate (the climatic conditions experienced by a vineyard site) of Old Mission Peninsula is unique not only in the state of Michigan but to the world.

Lying on the 45th parallel – like Bordeaux, Milan, and other wine producing regions – the Peninsula stretches north 19 miles into Grand Traverse Bay and is only four miles wide at the broadest point. The area is virtually surrounded by 600-foot deep water in East and West Grand Traverse Bays. The temperatures stay cold longer in the spring, protecting the plants from late frosts. The warm temperatures linger in the fall, so the grapes benefit from an extra six-to-seven weeks of ripening. The rolling hills and lake-effect snow ensure Arctic blasts of freezing air won’t stick around long enough to harm the vines.

Eight distinct wineries comprise this stunning appellation, and they have been well recognized by international wine enthusiasts. Discover the beauty of the Old Mission Peninsula and experience its award winning wines: Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Gewürztraminer, sparkling varieties and prestigious ice wines.

Our brochure is available for download here. Take it with you on your wine trail tour. Cheers!

Tasting 101

Tasting 101

Pour about two ounces (¼ cup) into an 8-ounce stemmed glass, so there's room to swirl.

Appearance tells you a lot about a wine. Intense, deep color indicates how full-bodied a wine will taste.

Swirl the glass to release aroma, then put your nose just inside and inhale. Try to detect the wine's characteristics. Is it fruity? Does is smell earthy or floral?

Remember to breathe in and out when you are tasting. This aerates the wine and enhances the flavor.