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is one of a series of fingerlike projections extending into Lake Michigan at Grand Traverse Bay. Nearby is the deep glacial Lake Leelanau. From a viticultural point of view, this abundance of water sufficiently moderates the appellation’s climate, delaying the onset of spring until well past the frost-risk period and protecting fall temperatures from sudden plummets. Even so, vineyards in this cold, northern climate experience an average frost-free period of just 145 days. Through the winter, high snowfall prevents deep-freeze ground temperatures, minimizing winter damage to roots. The glacially-deposited soils that form the Leelanau Peninsula are varied, with bedrock mainly of granite and limestone, a clay-based subsoil and top soils of sand and gravelly loam. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Vignoles

    Popular in northeastern and midwest regions of America, this white wine-producing hybrid produces an excellent desser...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Shady Lane Cellars

    Our vision is to produce exemplary, classic cool-climate wines on the Leelanau Peninsula of North...

  • Black Star Farms

    We are a small winery with a hand-crafted approach to winemaking, located on the same 45th Parall...

  • Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill Vineyards

    We often get questions from our visitors about our history in the vineyard and winemaking busi...

  • L. Mawby

    Our goal has always been to produce the finest wines possible. We strive to make wines that expre...

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  • Chateau Chantal Cabernet Franc Leelanau Peninsula Proprietor's Reserve Krupka Vineyard 2011


    Ok...average...definitely not worth the price. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Chateau Chantal Pinot Noir Leelanau Peninsula 2011


    Horrible. Didn't want to drink any more after a sip. Sweet and harsh at the same time. Yuck. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Hello Angela.  I'm also originally from Michigan but have been in North Carolina for quite a few years now. I still have most of my family (parents, brother, sisters and their families) in the mitten state.  We visit often and try to get some winery tours in when we can.  In the southwest we've been to St. Julian (nice but fairly big and commerc... Read More

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  • Black Star Farms Arcturos Pinot Noir 2011


    Though Black Star Farms produces some decent rieslings, this pinot noir tasted awful. I had to turn it into sangria. Not what I expected for $16. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Brengman Brothers Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2012


    Impressive golden straw color with a nose of beeswax, lemon, cola, toffee, frying butter, butterscotch, parsley, golden delicious apple and intoxicating poppy and rose blend. The palate consist of tannic smooth lime, northern spy apple, sweet lemongrass and watermelon. The finish is part portabella mushroom, cedar fig, tangerine and cherry wood ... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Brengman

  • Brengman Brothers Pinot Noir 2012


    Bright ruby burgundy color with reflective light quality filled with incense aromatics of cola, black cherry, cedar, burning candle, hay, clove, dark chocolate, parsnip, maple syrup and roasted coffee. A creamy palate full of rose hips, dark chocolate, fast cherry, roasted chestnut and coffee with a Kung Fu tannin grip. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Brengman

  • Brengman Brothers Unoaked Chardonnay 2012


    An honest White Burgundy style Chardonnay made in an egg concrete tank. Bright golden color with extensive citrus flavors including pineapple. Beautifully elegant, stylish and rich with perfect acidity, like licking stones from the bottom of the mountain stream. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Brengman

  • Brengman Brothers Riesling Medsweet 2010


    Nice nose with a mix of fruit and mineral. Palate is pure Mosel of lemon, lime and orange blossoms. Sweet mouthfeel with a perfect acid cleanse and extremely long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Brengman

  • Brengman Brothers Riesling Medium 2012


    Medium sweet Riesling style with apple and pear mid tones and perfect long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Brengman

  • One the most up and coming areas of Michigan. Very beautiful area with high hills surrounded by lake Michigan.

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