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Frequently Asked Questions

How To's

How much TIME should I allot for visiting and traveling to the wineries?
Visitors might wish to allot approximately 30 minutes for visiting a winery.

What DO I DO when I get to a winery?
Our wineries are busy most of the year, so when you arrive just make your way to the tasting bar. You'll be able to sample a variety of wines; helpful servers can assist with your selections.

We encourage designated drivers. However, a wine tasting trip isn't intended to be a wine drinking trip. The region does offer several cab and shuttle services.

Do the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula CHARGE for wine tasting?
Tasting costs vary at each winery. Click here for more information.

Are the wines DISCOUNTED when purchased in quantity?
Many of our wineries do offer a quantity discount. You’ll want to check with each individually.

Are CHILDREN allowed in the tasting rooms?
Children are certainly allowed in our wineries. Some of the wineries even have toy baskets for the kids! However, most would ask that the children not stand at the tasting counters, both to allow room for guests who are sampling and so that older children aren't mistaken for tasters.

Are PETS allowed in the vineyards or tasting rooms?
You are welcome to visit our vineyards with your pet.  Please be aware that we do on occasion spray our vineyards, during which entry is prohibited for several days. (Look for signs stating 'no entry'.) There also may be working tractors or workers in the vines, so please be aware of any hazards and avoid them. Some of the vineyards are adjacent to private lawns where other guests will be walking; please be courteous and clean up after your pet. There are several natural areas and walking trails in the area which may be a better choice for a simple outdoor walk for your pet – click for a variety of maps. The wine tasting rooms at the vineyards have food licenses so, just like any restaurant or grocery store, the only animals allowed inside are service animals.


Hosting Groups

Do you offer GROUP TOURS that take passengers to the various wineries?
There is not a shuttle between the wineries...we are all in fact within about five miles of each other. The region does offer several cab and shuttle services.

Do you allow LARGE GROUPS?
We appreciate an advance call for groups of 10 or more. It's difficult to fit groups into our bars. When we know a large group is about to arrive, we can be sure that our staff is available. If you are arriving via bus, limo, or van you may wish to ask your driver to call for you.

Can I have a PRIVATE TASTING and/or tour for my group?
Our wineries do offer private tours and tastings to groups most of the year. You’ll want to contact the individual wineries for specific information. Please note: fall is a busy time of year for our wineries. That’s when the grapes are harvested, so private tasting/tour options may be limited.
Can I plan to have a BACHELORETTE GROUP (or college friends or neighborhood) do a tasting?
It's hard for us to be seen as a venue for a party. Many people have started viewing a visit to the wineries as solely entertainment. While we love the fact that people want to celebrate with us, the party atmosphere that usually arrives with this type of group can be disruptive to other visitors.

Also, groups can create other problems when the members on a bus/van/limo drink between wineries. It's actually illegal for us to serve tastes of wine to a person who is intoxicated.

If you still opt to come as a party, we will of course be gracious and welcoming to your group. Please contact the wineries to let them know when your group is planning to arrive.


About the Trail

How LONG is the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula wine trail?
The Peninsula stretches north 19 miles to Grand Traverse Bay and is only four miles wide at the broadest point. All eight of our wineries are within about five miles of each other.

Is it possible to BIKE to all or most of the wineries?
Sure, it is possible to ride your bikes between the wineries, but this would definitely be considered a challenging bike trip.  There are numerous hills between the wineries, and we are mostly along highway M-37. There are fairly wide shoulders along the highway in most places, but you should judge how comfortable you are with cars passing you at 55mph around curves and on hills.

WHAT ELSE is there to do on the wine trail?
Indoors or outdoors, endless activities await in popular Traverse City. Visit for ideas for every season!

What is the HISTORY of the WOMP wine trail?
The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP) is a non-profit trade organization 501(C)(6) that includes eight wineries located on Old Mission Peninsula. The WOMP organization is dedicated to marketing the Old Mission Peninsula wineries and wine trail to tourists and visitors of the Traverse City area through collective advertising, branding, media relations, social media, and events.

In 2001, five of the eight (current) partner wineries came together with a goal of bringing more people to their tasting rooms. Chateau Chantal, Bowers Harbor Vineyards, Chateau Grand Traverse, Peninsula Cellars, and Brys Estate were the only wineries on the peninsula at the time. In May 2002, the group was officially registered as the Old Mission Wine Growers Association. Since then, the name changed to Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and three additional wineries joined.



Does WOMP host traditional events each year?
From our signature Mac & Cheese Bake-Off that offers the classic comfort food expertly prepared and paired with WOMP wines, to Divas Uncorked featuring a night decadently designed for ultimate pampering, Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula has a number of events that put a spin on traditional wine tasting. Check out our events listing here.

How far in advance can I purchase TICKETS for WOMP trail events?
Event tickets go on sale 60 days prior to each event. Click here for our events page. You can also sign up for our e-newsletter on our home page here, where we'll share news on upcoming events. Keep in mind, some events sell out more quickly than others, so it is always a good idea to purchase early if you can.

Other questions?

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