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The steep water-cradled slopes that make Traverse City the “Cherry Capital of the World” are also producing some of the best wines in the country. Thanks to this unique microclimate, Traverse City is fast becoming known for the clean, fresh taste of its wines, which hold their aroma and fruit flavors much more faithfully than those grown in hotter climates.
The region made its first international impact with white wines – Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Gewurtztraminer – but is now winning admirers for light French-style reds like Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It’s also one of the world’s top producers of ice wine, an intensely-flavored dessert wine made from the juice of winter-frozen grapes.
Our wineries are located on two beautiful peninsulas extending north from Traverse City - the Leelanau Peninsula and the Old Mission Peninsula – each with their own stunning wine trail. Many of the wineries boast awe-inspiring hilltop settings that have made them attractions in their own right.
Looking for a way to sit back, relax and toast the True North wine country without having to worry about the logistics of it all? The Traverse City area has plenty of local tour operators who know the ins and outs of the area and can build itineraries that meet your individual needs – whether it’s just a few of you in your party or a full bus load!
TC Meets Reality TV
The wineries of the Grand Traverse region produce world class award-winning wines year after year, but rarely do we see the behind-the-scenes details of what it takes to make them.
Wine Warriors hopes to give viewers an up-close glimpse into the everyday obstacles, sticky realities and quirky personalities that make up the wine industry of the Grand Traverse area. The show, currently in development and being pitched to national channels, will showcase wineries from both highly recognized wine trails in the area - the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association and The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. If you're interested in checking out these wineries during your time in Traverse City you can hop on-board one of the official Wine Warrior Tour Shuttles - you might even meet some of the cast!
To see what the television executives are currently pitching, check out the Wine Warriors official trailer video!
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