The Hunt for the Reds of October

Weekdays during October

$10 per person
Includes signature wine glass, a complimentary red wine pour at each winery and a $5 donation to the American Red Cross. Great wine for a great cause— It doesn’t get better than that!

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.

To help get beneath the surface, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail hosts a fun event to explore and discover great red wines of Leelanau Peninsula. The Hunt for the Reds of October takes place weekdays (Monday through Friday) during the month of October. For the entire month of October, your ticket gets you a complimentary pour at each of more than 20 participating wineries offering diverse red wines: big and bold Cabernet Francs and Merlots, aromatic and spicy Pinot Noirs and many more.

Ticket Purchase Info

Purchase Tickets one of two ways: 1) In person, via cash or check at one of the locations below and 2) using the Get Tickets link* below.

Boathouse Vineyards
115 N. St. Mary’s Street, Lake Leelanau
Open Daily from 12 – 6

Rove Estate
7007 E Traverse Hwy (72), Traverse City
Open Mon – Thurs 11-7 and Fridays 11-9

Verterra Winery – Sold Out
103 E. River Street,  Leland
Open Weekdays 11-6

Leelanau Wine Cellars
5019 N.W. Bayshore Drive (M22),  Omena
Open Weekdays 10-6

Good Harbor Vineyards – Sold Out
34 S. Manitou Trail (M22), Lake Leelanau
Open Weekdays 11-6

Chateau Fontaine 
2290 S. French Rd, Lake Leelanau
Open Weekdays 12-5

French Valley Vineyard & Bistro
1338 N. Pebble Beach Dr., Suttons Bay
Open Weekdays 11-7

Laurentide Winery 
56 S. French Rd, Lake Leelanau
Open Weekdays 12-6

Shady Lane Cellars
9580 Shady Lane, Suttons Bay
Open Mon – Thurs  11-6, Fridays 11- 7

Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail Office
10781 East Cherry Bend Road, Studio 1 in Traverse City (off M22)
Purchase & Pick-Up Hours: Tues – Friday 10-4

Get Tickets Lodging Packages

Each Wednesday in October, the American Red Cross and Williams Chevrolet will be stationed at a secret winery from 4-6pm. Find them and secure some fun swag! Tune into WKLT 97.5 and The Fox FM (94.3 & 92.5) Radio staring at 8 am Wednesday mornings for hints!

Scan your completed ticket and email to by Friday, November 3rd for a chance to win TWO tickets to any event along the trail.


 – The 2017 Wine List –

Aurora Cellars, Lake Leelanau: Radiance – a blend of Michigan Red Vinifera and Red Hybrid Grapes.

Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery, Cedar: Bel Lago Red

Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay: 2013 Arcturos Pinot Noir

Blustone Vineyards, Lake Leelanau:  2015 Ad Lib

Boathouse Vineyards, Lake Leelanau: Overboard – A Light Red Wine Blend

Chateau de Leelanau, Suttons Bay: Solem Farm Red

Chateau Fontaine, Lake Leelanau: a 2016 Pinot Noir

Cherry Republic, Glen Arbor: Great Hall Noir

Ciccone Vineyard, Suttons Bay: 2016 Lee la Tage

Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery, Lake Leelanau: Red Barn Red

French Valley Vineyards, Suttons Bay: a 2011 Merlot

Good Harbor Vineyards, Lake Leelanau: Select any red

Green Bird Organic Cellars, Northport: Coming Soon

Leelanau Wine Cellars, Omena: Select any red

L. Mawby, Suttons Bay: Rosso

Laurentide, Lake Leelanau: Apera, a Red Dessert Wine.

Rove Estate, Traverse City: a 2014 Cabernet Franc/Merlot

Shady Lane Cellars, Suttons Bay: 2015 Franc ‘n Franc

Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery, Suttons Bay: Passion – a Pinot Noir blended with their award-winning Chafia Cherry Wine.

Verterra Winery, Leland: Reserve Red

Willow Vineyard, Suttons Bay: a 2016 Pinot Noir