Old Mission Winery Tour

Rose and I headed up the Old Mission Peninsula a couple weeks ago.  We hadn’t done any winery tour on that peninsula in a few years, so we wanted to check out a new winery and some old favorites.

First stop was a new winery, Mari Vineyards.  The tasting room has a couple interesting features, a mosaic made from corks and a bar-top and all table-tops made from thick sawn hickory.  Here are some photos.

Mari Vineyards - Cork Mosaic
Mari Vineyards – Cork Mosaic
Mari Vineyards - Ash Table Top
Mari Vineyards – Ash Table Top
Mari Vineyards - Ash Table Top
Mari Vineyards – Ash Table Top
Mari Vineyard - View from Patio
Mari Vineyard – View from Patio
Mari Vineyards - Patio
Mari Vineyards – Patio
Mari Vineyards - Secret Door
Mari Vineyards – Secret Door
Mari Vineyards - Only Rose knows what lurks behind the door
Mari Vineyards – Only Rose knows what lurks behind the door

Next stop was the Peninsula Cellars Vineyard, housed in an old schoolhouse.  Their wines have names such as Detention and other school-related names.

Peninsula Cellars
Peninsula Cellars
Peninsula Cellars
Peninsula Cellars
Peninsula Cellars
Peninsula Cellars

The views along the road are also quite nice.  They frequently include views of the Grand Traverse Bay and beyond.

View of Vineyards along Center Road
View of Vineyards along Center Road
View of Vineyards along Center Road
View of Vineyards along Center Road

The third winery was Bowers Harbor Vineyard.

Bowers Harbor Vineyards
Bowers Harbor Vineyards
Bowers Harbor Vineyards - Patio
Bowers Harbor Vineyards – Patio

Of course, no trip to Old Mission Peninsula would be complete without a visit at the Lighthouse.  It used to be private property, but is now open to the public for tours.

Old Mission Lighthouse
Old Mission Lighthouse

Vineyards are everywhere on the peninsula.  Here is St. Joseph Catholic Church, surrounded by vineyards.

St. Joseph Catholic Church - Surounded by Vineyards
St. Joseph Catholic Church – Surrounded by Vineyards

Another thing the peninsula is know for is the hills.  Lots of hills.  Steep hills.  Here is a road sign that caught my eye.

Road Sign on the Peninsula
Road Sign on the Peninsula

So, that’s a quick tour of the Old Mission Peninsula.  I hope you can get out and enjoy the sights and sample some of the Michigan wines.

Mark

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