Mother Nature’s dazzling display of autumn color -- as a backdrop to Traverse City’s scenic Old Mission Peninsula -- makes fall the perfect season for a wine tour. We've asked the folks of the nine distinct wineries from the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula for tips on how to experience the wine trail at its fullest.

Here's what they had to say...

Do: Tell your server what kinds of wine you enjoy. We want to be able to help you find some wines you will love.
Don’t: Be afraid to ask questions. We are passionate about our wines and we love to educate our guests.

Do: Try several styles of wine at each winery. A Riesling at one winery may not taste exactly like a Riesling at another winery, as each winemaker puts their own touch on the wine.
Don’t: Forget to drink water. Those little samples add up fast! Take advantage of the food offerings at the wineries. 

Wine Tasting at the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula

Do: Take your time and enjoy the tasting room and surrounding outdoor scenery. Sipping wine is supposed to be relaxing, not a race.
Don’t: Be intimidated if a winery is crowded. Wine tasting is a popular activity throughout the year. We try to keep it fun for everyone and staff accordingly to ensure all of our guests have enjoyable experiences.

Do: Make a day of tasting and touring the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and be responsible by hiring a shuttle bus to handle the transportation.
Don’t: Forget that some of the wineries offer lodging accommodations should you want to make your wine touring experience an overnight getaway.

Please also make sure you and everyone in your group has a valid government issued identification ready to present at each of the tasting rooms.

Need more ideas? 

Mark your calendar for WOMP’s annual Great Mac & Cheese Bake-Off on Saturday, November 25. This signature event pairs one of America’s favorite comfort foods with the award-winning wines of Old Mission Peninsula. Tickets for the highly anticipated event will go on-sale Friday, September 22 at 8 am and are expected to sell out quickly.