For lovers of fine wine and natural beauty a trip to Michigan would not be complete without a meander down the The Leelanau Wine Trail. This trail is the result of an agreement between representatives of four wineries - Boskydel Vineyards of Lake Leelanau, Good Harbor Vineyards of Leland, Leelanau Wine Cellars of Omena and L. Mawby Vineyards of Suttons Bay who got together in 1983 and agreed that they would cooperate to provide visitors with a trail connecting all four wineries.
The interested parties continued their cooperation with some falling out of the group and others joining until today what is now called the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association consists of 25 active members.
Today the The Leelanau Wine Trail includes stops where visitors can enjoy fine dining and even overnight in some of the most beautiful hotels that Michigan has to offer. this is an experience that combines luxury with the opportunity to enjoy fine wine and dining - and an appreciation of spectacular natural beauty of the region.
Although wine tasting at the sates is at the foundation of the experience, but also some fantastic events that male any visit to the trail a pleasure for all the senses, including of course the palette.
Events such as the wintertime 'Taste the Passion' February event where wine and savory (and sweet) snacks are paired bring visitors from far and wide. Visitors can also enjoy the February'Sips and Soups event where 18 wineries offer delicious soups paired with their signature wines. But it's not all winter fun, May and spring sees 24 wineries welcome visitors for a tasting paired with delicious small snacks which make the experience one that will be remembered for seasons to come.
For those who want to learn more about the individual wineries which have contributed to the success of the Leelanau Wine Trail it is as simple as visiting www.lpwines.com where all the upcoming events, as well as ticket prices are also available.
The Leelanau Wine Trail is an absolute must for anyone - from couples to families who want to enjoy a fun experience and also immerse themselves in the history of this fascinating part of Michigan. And it's not only for those who are experienced wine connoisseurs - it's also for those who want to learn more and just have some fun with like minded folk. Book your tickets to one of the exciting events listed on their website - or just set your sights on wandering this fabulous trail.
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