Friday, October 7, 2011

Michigan Wine Trails

We really enjoyed our recent visit to the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, and it’s one of several wine trails in Michigan.

Pioneer Wine Trail

“Southeast Michigan’s newest pioneers are the vintners of the early 21st century, growing and selling special wines for you to discover.

Southeastern Michigan’s pioneer wine making region is a great place to spend a few hours…or a few days! The beautiful rolling Irish Hills, many lakes, and Hidden Lake Gardens are right along the trail. Relax, savor our wines, stop for some antiquing and perhaps stay in one of the many bed and breakfast inns in the area.”

Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail

I used to vacation in Empire, near the Sleeping Bear Dunes, and drove all over the peninsula, looking for Jim Harrison’s farm (he was my favorite author at the time). This is a gorgeous area filled with nice places to stay, eat and drink.

“The mission of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA) is to help spread the word about all the good things happening here in our corner of paradise.

Our cool-climate, Michigan wines go beautifully with food and have been winning more national and international awards and praise each and every year.

The LPVA is committed to providing world-class wine touring experiences on the Leelanau Peninsula in concert with other businesses and organizations in the region.”

Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail

“Michigan’s Sunrise Side has some of the most unique beer and tantalizing wines to be found anywhere. You can sample what the Sunrise Side has to offer on a special tour that we have designed called the Wine and Hops Trail. The Trail consists not only of wineries and breweries but some very special attractions. Make your trip a weekend or a whole week. It will be a time you will never forget.

If you follow our trail you will find many exciting attractions, restaurants, historic sites and much, much more. We hope you enjoy your trip through the Sunrise Side Wine and Hops Trail.”

Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula

“Jutting north between the azure arms of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay lies Old Mission Peninsula. Situated at the globe's 45th parallel – the ideal climate for growing varietal wine grapes – the seven distinct wineries that comprise this stunning appellation have been well recognized by international wine enthusiasts. Discover the beauty of the Old Mission Peninsula and experience its award-winning wines: Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Gewürztraminer, sparkling varieties and the prestigious ice wines. Visit our renowned wine trail today!”

Have a great weekend all!

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