If you retire after 40 years in the ski business, what next?
Well... in our case the next phase was to buy the family cherry farm, pull out the old trees and plant a vineyard. We said we'd never go into another weather dependent business, but here we are - growing grapes, enjoying the seasons, and spending lots of time communing with the grape vines.
So much for
Michael & Nancy's retirement!
Our farm sits on one of the highest ridge tops in Benzie County. The vineyard overlooks Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and the Crystal Lake Valley. With the help of our incredible family & friends, we harvest 2.5 acres of Chardonnay grapes and 2.5 acres of Blaufrankisch. Three different wines are available from our 2017 harvest - a Blaufrankisch Rosé, an unwooded Chardonnay, and a Blaufrankisch red blend.
The 2018 Rosé is now available with additional 2018 vintages to follow.
The 2018 Rosé - a blend including our Blaufrankisch grapes, was just released and is now available from Left Foot Charley Urban Winery.
The 2017 Blaufrankisch Rosé and the 2017 Blaufrankisch red blend, are also available from
Left Foot Charley Urban Winery. The 2017 vintage Chardonnay - a blend including our grapes, was bottled by and is available from
Bowers Harbor Vineyards.
Both wineries in Traverse City, Mi.
Rain, snow, sleet, hail, wind & a tiny bit of sun. Crazy weather & hearty help.
Nearly 15 tons of grapes picked on two Saturdays.
We may not win any fashion contests, but the grapes all got harvested!
Following fermentation, this Rosé was aged in stainless steel. The result is a delightfully dry, but fruity wine. Blaufränkisch is an Austrian grape variety with a spicy delicate taste that grows well in Northern Michigan.
This wine is made with the dark-skinned Blaufränkisch grapes sourced from our vineyard and another vineyard on Old Mission Peninsula.
2019 International Eastern Wine Competition Gold Med
Silver Medal at the prestigious Dan Berger 2018 International Wine Competition in Napa Valley, California
Double Gold Best of Class award at the 2018 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition.
Bowers Harbor Vineyards, was the first winery in Michigan to produce an unoaked Chardonnay. This vintage was fermented entirely in stainless steel, and expresses fresh fruit flavors of apple, pear and citrus, followed by a crisp, clean finish. It's the perfect complement to el fresco summer dining in
Our 2016 vintage Blaufrankisch red wine, bottled by Left Foot Charley Urban Winery in Traverse City was awarded a coveted Jefferson Cup award at the 18th annual Jefferson Cup Invitational Competition held in Kansas City, MO. November 16 & 17, 2017. Of the 750 participating wines from 27 different states, our Blaufrankisch was one of 16 Jefferson Cup awardees!
We're located on the furthest west section of Worden Road, off US31, at the top of the hill between the villages of Beulah and Honor.
7661 Worden Rd., Beulah, MI 49617, us