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“Great tasting”
Review of Black Star Farms

Black Star Farms
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Suttons Bay
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Our unique one-of-a-kind destination is located only 12 miles north of Traverse City, MI on the scenic Leelanau Peninsula. The gorgeous 160 acre estate features vineyards, a luxury Inn, award winning winery and tasting room, the seasonal Hearth & Vine Cafe, horses, farm animals, and hiking trails.
Cottage Grove MN
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great tasting”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

Since we stayed at Black Star Farms we got a great wine tasting. The servers were very nice. We ended up buying a few bottles to take back to MN.

Visited June 2012
Thank Steff03
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Goodrich, Michigan
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85 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great wine tasting bar”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Wonderful staff that enjoy what they do and like to educate their clients. Wine is very good; they charge for their tasting but you get a wine glass. Really appreciated they actually gave you enough wine to taste! We bought several bottles.

Visited November 2012
Thank nesson
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Fenton, Michigan
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“I wouldn't even give it a 1”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

While the building inside is very beautiful, that was the only pleasant thing about my experience there.
This was one stop on a 20 winery tour myself and 9 friends went on hosted by the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association 11/3-11-4 called Toast the Season. This was the least favorite of the wineries we visited. Staff was so incredibly rude that I was seriously appalled and would have walked right out if I hadn't been with a group. One of the women serving samples got right in my friends face when she was confused about how many free samples we were allowed and asked "WHAT don't you understand?!" Another gentleman there couldn't even recommend any wines because he was 5 years sober. That is truly wonderful for him, but he didn't even try to be helpful. Not a smile on any of the staff's faces. When one of our group confronted the gentleman and asked why he was so moody, his explanation was that it was very busy. Really? It was the first stop we made that day at 12:30pm and they were open until 5pm. It was a terrible way to start our day off, but some of the other places definitely made up for their lack of friendliness. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. Ever.

Visited November 2012
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blackstarfarms, Public Relations Manager at Black Star Farms, responded to this review, November 13, 2012

Thank you for taking time to submit a review to Trip Advisor. Your review is important to us as makes us aware of problems that need to be corrected. We sincerely apologize for the negative experience you had in our tasting room on Nov 3. The employees who provided the bad customer service are no longer with our company.

We hope to provide a better experience in your next visit to our tasting room. Please accept our offer for complimentary tasting for two upon your return by emailing clopez@blackstarfarms.com.

Coryn Briggs
Director of Marketing
Black Star Farms
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Holland, Michigan
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61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent wines”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

We loved the wines at Black Star. The staff was pleasant and knowledgeable about their product, and the wines we chose to taste were excellent! I had never had a wine made from frozen grapes before, it was outstanding. The grounds were beautiful, and the ride out lovely.
The winery was overcrowded for my taste, but good for them, business was booming!

Visited October 2012
Thank Heather L
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Melbourne, Florida
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52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“"this one comes in 3rd"”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

Of the 3 wineries we attended this was my least favorite. There were no other patrons. It was the only one that charged for tastings. Although you did get a souvenior wine glass for your $5. We did purchase two bottles. The server didn't seem to be very knowledgable about much of the wines.

Visited October 2012
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