45 North Vineyard & Winery: A Lakes and Grapes Winery Guide

45 North Vineyard & Winery: A Lakes and Grapes Winery Guide

45 North Vineyard & Winery: A Lakes and Grapes Winery Guide

45 North Vineyard & Winery

8580 E Horn Rd, Lake Leelanau, MI

Located right on the 45th parallel, this Northern Michigan winery has become a Leelanau Peninsula destination thanks to its variety of wine, casual atmosphere, and outgoing staff. 45 North has been able to capitalize off of its distinct location as the driving force behind its approach to crafting world-class wines that represent the West Michigan wine scene.

From when they first purchased the farm in 2006, to their first harvest in 2010, the winery has grown to be a favorite among others on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail.  Based outside of Suttons Bay among the rolling hills of Leelanau Peninsula, owners Steve and Lori Grossnickle have turned their love for the area into a full vineyard-to-bottle operation. I appreciate the owners commitment to the land and their efforts to permanently protect their 100-acre farm with the Leelanau Conservancy. 

45 North Winery and Vineyard

45 North Vineyard & Winery

45 North Vineyard & Winery

45 North Vineyard & Winery

45 North Vineyard & Winery: Lakes and Grapes

45 North Vineyard & Winery

45 North Vineyard & Winery

45 North Vineyard and Winery has a great Northern Michigan vibe, and everyone in my family loved their visit. Their barn-like tasting room sits perfectly nestled in the woods and is accompanied nicely with their impressive rustic interior. Features such as: large beams, metal walls,and a stone fireplace all add to the experience by complimenting each of the wines just perfectly. You can even enjoy your taste from their horse saddle bar stools.

45 North Vineyard & Winery: Lakes and Grapes

Even my Dad enjoyed the horse saddle bar stools while sipping on his Cider!

45 North Vineyard & Winery: Lakes and Grapes

Tasting Experience

Wine tasting at 45 North has been one of my favorite experiences along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail.  They offer a casual and comfortable tasting atmosphere, with a sense of approachability. It’s a relaxing, yet informative tasting due to the staffs knowledge on not only their own wines, but as well on the region.

Tastings are only $5 for 5 wines, and walk-ins are welcomed with groups under 10 people. They offer a wide variety of world-class wines to please every taster in the group. Not to mention that they also have a number of ciders as well!

45 North Vineyard & Winery

45 North Vineyard & Winery

45 North Vineyard & Winery

For larger groups or parties, 45 North has a nice loft above the tasting room to accommodate additional guests.

45 North Vineyard & Winery

45 North Vineyard & Winery

45 North Vineyard & Winery

45 North Vineyard & Winery

45 North Vineyard & Winery

45 North is the perfect winery to embrace the Northern Michigan winter. They have trails throughout the vineyard that are marked and maintained to accommodate hiking, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. I highly recommend taking advantage of the fun trails they offer, and to head outside for fun winter activities.  45 North’s warm fireplace, delicious wine, and cider will be waiting your return.

Favorite Sips

After trying all of their wines, I could not find one that I disliked. I mean… it would make sense considering they have won a total of 72 awards!  Here are a few favorites:

2015 Unwooded Chardonnay

2015 Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Pinot Gris

2015 Rosé of Cabernet Franc

2014 Lemberger

CHEERS,

Abby

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