When Ed O’Keefe looked out over Grand Traverse Bay in 1974 from a high ridge on the Old Mission Peninsula, he saw what no one had seen there before: the perfect terrain for growing Riesling grapes. Thus began the great “Riesling boom” that sparked Traverse City’s phenomenal wine industry. O’Keefe’s Chateau Grand Traverse still dominates that ridge above the bay, and is still devoted largely to Riesling, the grape that started it all.

Still the most widely-planted and versatile grape grown in the Traverse City area, Riesling is instantly recognizable by its rich fruity perfume. Best known in its semi-dry and sweet styles, it also makes a fine dry wine. A wine that will be celebrated during The City of Riesling™, Sunday, June 10th and Monday, June 11th, 2018. This global wine event hosted in Michigan wine country is the fourth time an international set of industry peers will experience hundreds of the finest examples of Riesling (and some surprises) from every major wine-producing country and region in the world.

City of Riesling

This year’s special guests include Riesling luminaries such as Ernst Loosen (Dr. Loosen), Bob Bertheau of Chateau Ste. Michelle, Hunter Smith of Frankland Estate and Master Sommeliers Matt Citriglia and Christopher Bates. These Riesling Rock Stars are excited to share their experience and passion with the attendees and the local wine industry. 

Tasting at the City of Riesling

Events include a one-of-a-kind series of tastings, panel discussions, Great Lakes Tasting Brunch at Trattoria Stella, Oregon Riesling Luncheon at Gaijin, and the famous Night of 100 Rieslings! It's called the Best White Wine on Earth, discover why...

Tickets and event information at The City of Riesling™