Your Guide to Traverse City WineriesDiscover Traverse City Wineries - take a tour the vineyards and learn how wine is made. Be sure to take advantage of wine tasting along the way as you explore the Old Mission Wineries as well as the numerous Leelanau wineries. Be sure to schedule enough time! It’s easy to spend an entire weekend or more taking in everything the Grand Traverse wine region has to offer. World Class Views, World Class Wines Traverse City and the Grand Traverse Bay region is home to over 40 vineyards and wineries. The combination of soil, climate, and geography creates the perfect environment suited for growing grapes and making wine. Wine from the region rivals other famous areas like Napa and Sonoma. Traverse City wineries have won accolades by critics as well as in judged competition. Our wines are world class! Geographically the region is split roughly in two by the Old Mission and the Leelanau peninsulas. Each of these have unique microclimates and soil that influence the grapes that are grown in each area. Subtle differences in altitude and sunlight exposure on the rolling hills really can affect the grapes and how the wine tastes. Each winery is truly unique and special. Besides serving world class wines, most Traverse City wineries also have vineyard and winery tours, host weddings and private parties, offer live music and entertainment, and of course spectacular views all year round.
Traverse City Wine TastingAlmost every winery in the region has tasting room and offers wine tasting. Most charge a small fee, a few are even free! Typically flights of wines are around $5 - 7. Quite a bargain considering many west coast wineries charge much more. More and more wineries are offering hard cider and Mead. Its no surprise considering the abundant fruit orchards on the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas.
Traverse City Wine ToursWhy not take a tour and see the behind the scenes process of making wine? Most wineries and vineyards offer tours of their facilities.
Guided Wine Tours
Perhaps the best way to visit the area wineries and enjoy a day of wine tasting, is to take a chauffeured guided tour. The driver or guides have in-depth knowledge of each winery and can help you choose which wineries best suit your tastes and schedule. And let’s not forget that a guided tour reduces the chance of spoiling your trip with a DUI or worse.