When you arrive at Traverse City in Michigan, you will note that this is a city that is a playground for those who love sand, sun and fun. This is a city where summer is alive with people seeking to make the most of the waters of Grand Traverse Bay. They come for the Cherry Festival or the Film Festival, but what is now becoming a strong draw are the wine trails. In fact, for some oenophiles, the main reason to go here is because you have signed up for one of the Traverse City wine tour packages.
When you come to visit, you will be surprised at how many wineries and vineyards are found in this coastal region. Two wine-friendly peninsulas – Leelanau and Old Mission jut out into the waters of Grand Traverse Bay providing the slopes upon which climb scores of vines. Here, you can wander for 2 or three days on your own or sign up for one of the famed Traverse City wine tour packages. The latter option allows you the chance to visit some of the best wine tasting facilities in the state.
This 28-mile-long peninsula covers around 98 miles of the shore along Lake Michigan. It features many of the region’s classic sand dunes. In fact, at Sleepy Bear Dunes, you can find the largest freshwater dunes on the planet. But, having come as part of one of several popular Traverse City wine tour packages, don’t let your focus wander too far. There are, after all, around 24 wineries in this coastal area. Many of them, such as Black Star Farms on Suttons Bay and Chateau Fontaine, have sampling and tasting rooms. Some, such as Leelanau Vineyard and Winery, even have a retail store.
Old Mission Peninsula
Mission Peninsula is another site of several world-renowned wineries. Take part in one of the offered Traverse City wine tour packages to discover the reasons why. Admittedly, they can number 9 – as in 9 wineries. Sample the famed Rieslings at Chateau Grand Traverse, the oldest and largest of the Peninsula’s vineyards or opt for a sweet and unique black sweet cherry fruit wine at Peninsula Cellars.
Sign Up for Traverse City Wine Packages
If you want to spend some time discovering why Michigan State wineries are winning awards, sign up for one of the available Traverse City wine tour packages. By doing so, you will be able to visit some of the state’s best wine producers. You will soon discover why people believe that California is not the only place where great grapes for even better wines can be grown.