I love wine. I love the way it changes texture, taste and smell once opened . I love that there is a wine for all meals of the day. I love how the flavors dance on your tongue. I love the conversations it welcomes. (And most importantly...) I love that you don't have to be a snob or spend a lot of money to enjoy a good bottle! It's no secret that Northern Michigan is known for it's miles of coastline, beautiful beaches and cherries but did you know that the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula's are growing some of the countries best grapes and crafting some of the world's best wines? This summer USA Today listed Traverse City as one of the top "10 great places for local wines." Call me biased but I totally agree!
Living right in Traverse City, its a quick drive to hop on the Old Mission Wine Trail. The scenic drive is gorgeous and if you don't mind the rolling hillside and panoramic water views I recommend stopping at 2 Lads Winery (the most northern and newest winery on Old Mission) first. Located on Smokey Hollow Road and slightly off the beaten path, 2 Lads boasts some of the areas most spectacular views both inside and outside of their tasting room.
Located on a gorgeous fifty-eight acre estate- twenty-two of which make up the vineyard- 2 Lads Winery has been changing the way people think about Michigan wines since their tasting room opened in the Spring of 2008. Specializing in cool climate reds and sparkling wines, winemaker Cornel Olivier also makes a handful of whites. With the 2009 wines out and available, we recently visited their gorgeous tasting room to try the new releases. My favorites are the Chardonnay (or as Tana and I say, "Chardo-yay!") and the Pinot Noir.
If you haven't been to 2 Lads Winery yet be sure and visit soon!
Photos by A Day in May
With over twenty wineries between the two peninsulas there is a wine for everyone! Whether you are hosting a wine tour for your wedding party, including some of your favorite tasting rooms in your guests to-do's, or spending a weekend up north planning your idyllic Northern Michigan wedding be sure and head up M37 or M22 and follow the signs to the vines!