Traverse City Wineries
Michigan is the fourth largest grape-growing state in the country. At last count, the Traverse City region accounted for over 50% of those grapes! The Old Mission and the Leelanau Peninsulas are recognized nationally for their wines and the beautiful countryside where the grapes are grown.
Our proximity to Lake Michigan and the Grand Traverse Bay, along with being near the 45th parallel, have a lot to do with the quality wines produced here. The climate is very similar to parts of France’s Burgundy and Bordeaux, Italy’s Piedmont, Austria and Germany. During winter months Lake Michigan drops lake effect snow that tends to protect the vines in the winter, helping to prevent them from freezing. In the spring, the lake effect delays the budding of the grapes, which extends the growing season.
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