Bonobo Winery: A Lakes and Grapes Winery Guide

Bonobo Winery: A Lakes and Grapes Winery Guide

Bonobo Winery: A Lakes and Grapes Winery Guide

Bonobo Winery

12011 Center Rd, Traverse City, MI

Bonobo Winery is decorated for the holidays, and it’s the perfect festive atmosphere to experience with your friends and family this holiday season. Bonobo is at the top of my list for must-visit wineries in Northern Michigan, and it’s not because of the celebrity name attached to it.  With arguably the best view of West Bay on Old Mission Peninsula, Bonobo Winery provides everything you look for in a great winery; good wine, educational tastings, personable staff, and an inviting atmosphere. 

Bonobo Winery is owned by Traverse City natives and brothers, Todd and Carter Oosterhouse. In the early stages of designing their winery, Todd and Carter had a goal of wanting to bring a sense of approachability to the Michigan wine scene, by creating the ultimate educational and enjoyable experience. Named after the bonobo ape, the owners found the description of the bonobo to be a perfect representation for the overall atmosphere of the winery. Bonobos have been known as the “make peace, not war” animals, and are very welcoming into the pack. Bonobo Winery sought out to be an inviting and comfortable wine tasting experience, encouraging guests to bring others together, much like the bonobo apes.

Bonobo Winery Tasting Room

From the moment you step through the doors, big features will immediately catch your eyes. Bonobo’s impressive interior welcomes guests to enjoy themselves among their rustic elegance and trendsetting tasting room. With an oversized tasting room, cozy nooks, warm fireplaces, and an amazing deck, guests can feel comfortable to stay awhile. There’s no need to feel rushed through a tasting at Bonobo. They have provided the ultimate winery destination for one to not only do a tasting, but order a glass of wine or share a bottle, while snacking on a small plate curated by celebrity Chef, Mario Batali.

Bonobo Winery

Other notable features among my favorites at Bonobo are their use of reclaimed wood collected by the owners over the years, and the chic chandeliers hanging above the tasting room, which were originally used in Carter and Amy’s wedding.

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Bonobo Winery Tasting Room

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The Library
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The Gallery

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Bonobo Winery patio

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Bonobo Winery Grapes

For those who love dry wines, Bonobo Winery is the perfect place for you! They have adapted a European dry style, specializing in Chardonnay, and I highly recommend trying a few of my favorites!

Favorite Sips:

2014 Albariño

2015 Chardonnay C

2014 Bonobo Chardonnay

2015 Dry Riesling

2014 Walla Walla Syrah

If you’re looking for a great holiday excursion, head out to Bonobo Winery for a fun and relaxing experience! Stick around after your tasting for a glass of wine in one of their cozy nooks, while nibbling on a small plate.

P.S. Bonobo looks even prettier in the summer, so make sure to add it to your bucket list for summer 2017! The sunsets overlooking West Bay from Bonobo’s deck are one of a kind.

Bonobo Winery

 

XOXO,

Abby

 

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