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February 12, 2016 1:00am

Peak Winery Traffic Times for WOMP Events

Over the years, traffic patterns have developed along the wine trail during our events. We've had a number of guests ask about the "best" times to visit a particular winery, so we gathered information from each to share with you. Please keep in mind that this list of "peak event traffic times" will likely not alleviate too much traffic, but could help with your wait times.

WOMP wineries pride themselves on keeping guest queues moving swiftly, setting up tasting stations for the best traffic flows after years of experience. We thank you for your patience in the event that you must wait momentarily for tastings/pairings.

Peak Traffic Times for WOMP Events (starting at the northernmost point on Old Mission Peninsula), based on a 10am-5pm event schedule:

  • 2 Lads Winery: 10am-1pm
  • Chateau Chantal: 12-2pm
  • Bowers Harbor Vineyard: 1:30-3:30pm
  • Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery: 12-3pm
  • Chateau Grand Traverse: 12:30-2:30pm
  • Peninsula Cellars: 11am-3pm
  • Hawthorne Vineyards: 10am-12pm, 3-5pm (closed for Winter Warm Up & Romancing the Riesling) 
  • Black Star Farms: 10-11:30am, 3:30-5pm

February 12, 2016 1:00am

Ticket Information

Wine trail event tickets go on sale 60 days prior to each event.

They are made available for sale online and the link will be provided at that time. A phone number will be available at that time, as well, for additional event questions. 

February 13, 2016 11:00am

Romancing the Riesling

It's a love affair!

Save the date!
Saturday, February 13, 2016

This annual event celebrates Riesling, one of the varietals for which our wine region is most celebrated. Each winery pairs favorite Rieslings with a delectable food offering – all in honor of the famed grape. Fair warning: It may get a little lovey dovey – WOMP fans are crazy about their Rieslings!

Tickets are on sale online and are $20 in advance (plus processing). If available, tickets will be on sale the day of for $25 each.




Enjoy Rieslings expertly paired with delectable treats:

  • 2 Lads Winery: 2013 Late Harvest Riesling - Fouch Vineyard & Key lime tartlets
  • Black Star Farms: 2012 Arcturos Riesling &Roquefort walnut cheesecake with apples and grapes
  • Bowers Harbor Vineyards: 2014 Riesling Medium Dry / 2014 Riesling Medium Sweet & their popular chocolate fountain with pound cake and fresh fruit
  • Brys Estate: 2014 Riesling & curried carrot soup
  • Chateau Chantal: 2014 Late Harvest Riesling & bleu cheese and granny smith empanadas
  • Chateau Grand Traverse: 2013 Dry Riesling, 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling, or 2014 Late Harvest Riesling & Sweet Tart Morsel: lemon curd with cream cheese tart crust, lemon frosting, and fresh lemon zest
  • Peninsula Cellars: Old School White or Hot Rod Cherry & Aunt B's Cakes and Desserts's tart, cherry-filled, mini almond cupcakes with fresh berries

Peninsula restaurants and retailers will also be offering event specials! Please call 231.223.7355 with any specific event questions.

Spread the love! During the event, use #WOMPRomance when sharing your posts, photos, and videos of this festive event on your social media, and you could win WOMP swag!

Please note: Hawthorne Vineyards is closed for this event.

May 14, 2016 10:00am

Blossom Day

A Celebration of Blossoms, Bounty, and Beauty on Old Mission Peninsula

Save the Date!
Saturday, May 14, 2016


Tickets: $25 advance/$30 day-of

Bring on spring! Relish samples of WOMP’s newest vintages, as well as spring’s arrival to Old Mission Peninsula, commemorated with seasonal food and wine pairings and other activities, like winemaker chats and operations tours, on the wine trail.

Tickets go on sale online 60 days prior to the event.

June 10, 2016 5:30pm

Divas Uncorked

Get Pampered During Girls' Night Out

Save the Date!
Friday, June 10, 2016

This “Girls Night Out” (sold out annually) is an evening devoted entirely to women, wine, food, and fun. Enjoy wine and food pairings as well as giveaways and pampering. Unwind and recharge as only ladies know how!

When you purchase your ticket, you will choose your starting winery location. Your souvenir wine glass will be waiting for you at this location. After you leave your chosen winery starting point, you can select which tasting rooms you would like to visit during the four hour event, in the order of your preference. If you would like to schedule and purchase transportation for your group, there is a link to shuttle and bus recommendations below.

Divas Uncorked tickets are $35 per person. Designated Divas (those who are not consuming alcohol) are $30 per person. Designated Divas will receive a souvenir glass (but no wine tastings) and food offerings.
Tickets will be on sale Monday, April 11, 2016. Check back here for a link to purchase tickets. (Tickets will be sold quickly, so mark your calendar!)
Click for a Map of the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula.
Click for Shuttle Recommendations.

November 26, 2016 10:00am

Great Macaroni & Cheese Bake-Off

Gourmet Comfort Food Competition

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tickets: $40 advance (typically sells out)

America’s favorite comfort food gets an upgrade at the hands of northern Michigan chefs. Each dish is expertly paired with an Old Mission Peninsula wine. It’s one of our most popular events – tickets will sell out. Tickets on sale online 60 days in advance of event.