Winter is a wonderful time to go touring in Traverse City's wine country -- because winter is when you can see why this region is such a productive wine-growing area.
Traverse City’s vineyards are spread along the steep slopes of the Leelanau Peninsula and the narrower Old Mission Peninsula. Renowned for their natural beauty, they’re able to take full advantage of Lake Michigan’s moderating influence. Those cool, deep lake waters serve as a kind of year-round “grape guardian,” moderating winter freezes and keeping the vines cool in spring until the danger of late frosts has passed.
It's important to check ahead, because some wineries have limited winter hours -- but most are well-equipped to serve visitors year-round.