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Dates:  May 17th – 19th
Times: See details below for each winery’s offering

Discover Michigan Wine Month with “Experience Leelanau”
Celebrate Michigan Wine Month in style with an exclusive event that promises to elevate your wine experience like never before. The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail invites you to immerse yourself in “Experience Leelanau,” a unique opportunity to indulge in the finest wines and hospitality that the region has to offer.
From May 17th-19th, 10 of the area’s award-winning wineries will open their doors to offer specially curated events, each designed to showcase the diversity and excellence of their craft. Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or a casual wine enthusiast, there’s something for everyone at “Experience Leelanau.”
Indulge in a variety of experiences, from intimate barrel-room tastings with winemakers to immersive vineyard tours guided by owners and winemakers themselves.
Tickets range from $40 to $150 and are exclusive to the individual winery and the date and time of their featured experience. Click the link to tickets for details on each winery’s offerings!
Cheers to Michigan Wine Month!

Featured Experience: TBD

Featured Experience: Join us for an enchanting evening of indulgence at our Wine and Cheese Pairing Event, led by Traverse City’s esteemed expert, The Cheese Lady. Delight in eight exquisite pairings meticulously crafted to harmonize the flavors of fine wines with the artisanal cheeses she hand-selects. Immerse yourself in an unforgettable culinary journey as you explore the intricate nuances of each pairing, guided by The Cheese Lady’s expertise and passion for the art of cheese. Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your palate and savor the perfect union of wine and cheese in a sophisticated and intimate setting.

Price:$60 per person

Available Dates and Times:

Sunday, May 19th, 2024

3 Seating Times: 12pm / 2pm / 4pm

Featured Experiences:

Option 1: Saturday May 18th at 5pm in the tasting room – $45 per person
Brandy History and Tasting: Discover the rich history and time-honored traditions of brandy, as well as the distinct methods employed to produce it. This special tasting is the perfect opportunity to deepen your appreciation for the art of brandy-making and indulge in the diverse flavors and aromas of a variety of fruit-based Eau De Vies, grappa, and barrel-finished brandies.
Option 2: Sunday May 19th at 12pm in the tasting room – $75 per person
Wine and Raclette: Indulge in an exquisite tasting featuring five limited-release wines expertly paired with unique Raclette cheeses sourced from the depths of Leelanau Cheese Company’s aging caves. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to savor the unparalleled harmony of these rare wine and cheese pairings.

Featured Experience:  4-course wine dinner in the Barn. This dinner will feature our new Soiree bubbly, our 2022 Gewurztraminer, 2022 Tramonto Red and our 2021 Vin Doux Natural. These will be paired with a curated menu created by Chef John at Boardman Valley Hospitality.

Price: $90 per person
Available Date and Time:
May 18th from 5:30-8:00

Featured Experience:

Indulge in an exclusive journey through the exquisite flavors of Leelanau County at “Experience Leelanau,” a prestigious event proudly sponsored by the Leelanau Wine Trail. Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of French Valley, renowned for its enchanting vineyards and exceptional wines, this event promises an unforgettable afternoon of sophistication and sensory delight.

Join us on May 18th, 2024, as French Valley opens the doors to its charming Barn, inviting discerning wine enthusiasts to partake in a private wine tasting extravaganza. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of rustic elegance as you sip and savor the finest offerings from this esteemed winery.

Be among the first to experience the unveiling of French Valley’s newest releases: Rhyme, Rhythm, and Melodie. Crafted with meticulous care and artistry, these wines epitomize the essence of Leelanau terroir, each bottle a symphony of flavor waiting to be discovered.

As a special treat for attendees, indulge in an exclusive unreleased pour directly from French Valley’s coveted cellar. Delight your palate with our 2023 Sweet Riesling, a testament to the winery’s dedication to excellence and innovation.

Prepare to be enchanted as you mingle with fellow connoisseurs, sharing in the appreciation of exceptional wines and the beauty of Leelanau’s wine country. Whether you’re a seasoned aficionado or a newcomer to the world of wine, “Experience Leelanau” promises an unparalleled sensory journey that will linger in your memory long after the last sip.

PriceL $45 per person

Available Date and Time:

May 18th, 2024 at 3:00PM

Featured Experience: Dive into the world of regenerative agriculture with our educational vineyard and
market garden tour, led by soil scientist Laurel and vineyard owner Marc. Discover
sustainable farming practices, enjoy curated wine samples and small plates among the vines, and take home a bottle of wine and exclusive merchandise. Join us for an immersive experience at Gilchrist Farm! Price: $125

Available Dates and Times:
Friday, May 17th 4p – 6p
Saturday, May 18th 2p – 4p
Sunday, May 19th 2p – 4p 

Featured Experience: May 19th 12-2pm

Participants will receive a set of 4 logoed Good Harbor Vineyard glasses to paint, 2 glass pours pairs with appetizers/small plates. Price is $75 per person.

Featured Experience: TBD

Featured Experience: Join Geoff Hamelin, Co-Owner Verterra Winery at The Ridge at Verterra overlooking Grand Traverse Bay for a vineyard tour. After the tour, we will go through a vertical tasting of of Pinot Grigio 2021, 2022 and 2023 and Reserve Red 2017, 2020, 2021 while enjoying some charcuterie. Price is $60 per person. 

BLACK STAR FARMS

BRENGMAN BROTHERS

CICCONE VINEYARD & WINERY

MAWBY SPARKLING & BIGLITTLE WINES

ROVE ESTATE

SHADY LANE CELLARS

TWO K FARMS

45 NORTH VINEYARD & WINERY

AURORA CELLARS

LEELANAU CELLARS

SILVER LEAF VINEYARD & WINERY

VERTERRA WINERY

AMORITAS VINEYARDS

BEL LAGO VINEYARD & WINERY

BOATHOUSE VINEYARDS

CHATEAU FONTAINE

CHERRY REPUBLIC WINERY

FRENCH VALLEY VINEYARD

GOOD HARBOR VINEYARDS