First, I love the location of this winery/tasting room, which is part of the old State Mental Asylum that has been restored and converted into shops, restaurants, and other businesses. The winery is very modern looking in comparison to others in the area. It has a very "hometown bar" feel to the tasting area, which is relaxing and fun. The tasting is generous and the staff is very knowledgable.
During our tasting the head wine maker came in to bring us a new grape to sample. Can't remember the name of it, but it's something he is testing for this year's press. I like that they are always trying something different. It's SO needed in the Traverse area. Because of this nod toward continually trying new things, they actually made a red wine that tastes like good red wine (a rarity in that area). It's good.
Their cider is really good too. They have three varieties on tap. In addition to tasting and sales, they also offer nice food and an outside area that is really pleasant.
So, you give up the views of wine grapes and the shoreline, but I think the great taste of this wine and the care the winemaker obviously shows to the craft of winemaking, more than makes up for it.
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