The Leelanau Enterprise has a feature on Toast the Season that underscores how important all of you who attend our wine trail tours are to the Leelanau Peninsula. They talked with Alanna Grossnickle of Forty-Five North who said that sales were up about 20%. Gillâ€™s Pier Winery tasting room manager Jill James noted that it’s not just wineries benefiting from the nearly 1700 people enjoying our sold-out holiday wine tour:
â€œWhen people visit our tasting room, we ask them where theyâ€™re staying,â€ James said. â€œMore and more of them are staying at local bed and breakfast inns and eating in local restaurants â€“ the wine tours are good for everybody this time of year.â€
James noted the number of first-time participants in local wine tours.
â€œThese are all new people being introduced to what we have here in Leelanau County,â€ James said. â€œIâ€™m also hearing a lot of people who live elsewhere in Michigan saying how they appreciate staying in Michigan and buying Michigan products. That whole philosophy really seems to be getting more popular,â€ she said.