Yes, this is one of the newest vineyards in the area....and yes, in my opinion, they still have some growing up to go to.
First off, the parking if pretty limited, but easy to negotiate. We had no problems in this area.
Next, the views are very nice, but in an area like Traverse City, these types of views are not uncommon.
On to the building, nicely put together with a fairly large tasting bar and a very nice deck with a wonderful wood fireplace to help keep you warm on the chiller fall days. The cost for five tastings was $5, a very reasonable price.
Lastly, and most importantly, the wine and service. Hawthorne has a limited selection of wines available and unfortunately, all four of us who came thought all of the wines were very tart. Even the late harvest Riesling which we were told was their sweetest, was far from sweet. Now all four of us have a pretty wide range of wine likes and again, we all felt their wines needed a little tweaking. We also were unhappy with the service we got. Though attentive, the servers lacked a warming personality we found at other wineries.
When we come back to this area in the future, we will probably stop in again to see what changes if any they have made. We hope them the best.
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