Leelanau Peninsula has become well-known for its Riesling and other cool-climate white varietals and blends. What is often overlooked, however, are the high-quality red wines being grown in the region.
“We’re growing great reds on the peninsula, and we look forward to sharing them,” says Alan Eaker, owner of Longview Winery in Cedar. “Our Pinot Noirs are light and aromatic, showing more of the true characteristics of the grape varietal than many other regions. Our Cabernet Francs and Merlots are bigger and more complex with a memory of the Leelanau Peninsula in every glass.”
To help get beneath the surface, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail hosts a free and fun event to explore and discover great red wines of Leelanau Peninsula. The Hunt for the Reds of October takes place weekdays during the month of October. For the entire month of October, your ticket gets you a complimentary pour at each of 20 participating wineries offering diverse red wines: big and bold Cabernet Francs and Merlots, aromatic and spicy Pinot Noirs and many more.
In addition, the event benefits the American Red Cross of Northern Michigan with $5 for every ticket being donated the cause. Great wine for a great cause? It doesn’t get better than that!
The 2015 Wine List
Aurora Cellars, Lake Leelanau: Rosso
Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery, Cedar: 2012 Tempesta
Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay: Cabernet Franc
Blustone Vineyards, Lake Leelanau: Ad-Lib
Boathouse Vineyards, Lake Leelanau: 2011 Merlot
Boskydel Vineyards, Lake Leelanau: no tasting fees on all reds
Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill, Traverse City:
Chateau de Leelanau, Suttons Bay: Hawkins Red
Chateau Fontaine, Lake Leelanau: Big Paw Red
Ciccone Vineyard, Suttons Bay: 2012 Cabernet Franc
Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery, Lake Leelanau:
Good Harbor Vineyards, Lake Leelanau: select any red
Good Neighbor Organic, Northport: Pinot Noir
L. Mawby, Suttons Bay: red bubbly called Rosso
Longview Winery, Cedar: no tasting fees on all reds
Raftshol: Suttons Bay: no tasting fees on all reds
Shady Lane Cellars: Suttons Bay: Pinot Noir
Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery, Suttons Bay: Passion
Verterra Winery, Leland: 2014 Chaos Red Cuvee
Willow Vineyard, Suttons Bay: Pinot Noir
Peoples Choice Award Ballot
Vote for your favorite reds in three categories for a chance to win a great prize! Cast your vote by 12 noon on Tuesday, November to be entered to win a Leelanau Peninsula Swag Bag and 2 tickets to any wine trail event along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail.