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Wineries in Summer

What could be better than sitting outside on a warm summer day sipping a glass of wine and taking in the spectacular views of Grand Traverse Bay? We can’t think of much.

Early summer at the wineries brings the much-anticipated new releases from the prior year’s vintage, as well as several popular wine events. “Divas Uncorked” on the Old Mission Peninsula is a hugely popular girls-night-out “devoted entirely to women, wine, food and fun” each year in mid-June. Across West Grand Traverse Bay, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail celebrates the season with its “Small Plates” event each August, pairing gourmet tapas with wine.

Both wine trails join in for some summer fun each June for the Northern Michigan Wine Fest on the lawn of the historic Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Starting in the afternoon and stretching well into the evening, this not-to-be-missed event combines wine, food, art and live music .