Frequently Asked Questions
How much TIME should I allow for visiting and traveling to the wineries?
You should allow approximately 30 minutes to an hour, depending on what activities you’d like to do, for visiting a winery. During our busier seasons (summer and fall) we suggest calling at least one week in advance for reservations with groups of 6+. Wine tasting is at your own leisure. Have a glass, enjoy the activities, and feel free to go at your own pace.
What DO I DO when I get to a winery?
When you arrive, feel free to explore. Taste, learn, savor, and enjoy. Learn about what each winery offers. Take in the sights and scents of the tasting rooms. You'll be able to sample a variety of wines; helpful servers can assist with your selections. Many of our wineries offer wine by the glass as well as light bites so you can relax, enjoy and savor.
Do we need a DESIGNATED DRIVER?
When tasting at a leisurely pace, with breaks for food and water, an average sized person should not become impaired when wine tasting. If you plan to visit all or most of the wineries, or if you also partake in a glass of wine at the wineries we strongly encourage designated drivers. The region also offers several cab and shuttle services.
Do the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula CHARGE for wine tasting?
Tasting costs vary at each winery. Click here for more information.
Are the wines DISCOUNTED when purchased in quantity?
Many of our wineries do offer a quantity discount. Check with each winery individually.
Are CHILDREN allowed in the tasting rooms?
Children are allowed and welcomed in our wineries. Some wineries offer special activities for kids and kid-friendly beverages. Please call to see what each winery offers.
Are PETS allowed in the vineyards or tasting rooms?
Please check with each individual winery regarding possible outdoor pet areas for you to linger with your pet. Some of the vineyards are adjacent to private lawns where other guests will be walking; please be courteous and clean up after your pet. There are several natural areas and walking trails in the area which may be a better choice for a simple outdoor walk for your pet – click for a variety of maps. The wine tasting rooms at the vineyards have food licenses so, just like any restaurant or grocery store, the only animals allowed inside are service animals.
Do you offer GROUP TOURS that take passengers to the various wineries?
There is no shuttle service between the wineries. However, all are within about five miles of each other. The region does offer several cab and shuttle services.
Do you allow LARGE GROUPS?
Large groups are welcomed at each of our wineries. Please keep in mind that many wineries require you to make a reservation for groups of 8 or more. If you are arriving via bus, limo, or van you may wish to ask your driver to call for you.
Can I have a PRIVATE TASTING and/or tour for my group?
Several wineries do offer private tours and tastings to groups most of the year. Contact the individual wineries for specific information. Please note: fall is a busy time of year for our wineries because of the harvest. Private tasting/tour options may be limited at this time.
About the Trail
HOW LONG is the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula wine trail?
The Peninsula stretches north 19 miles to Grand Traverse Bay and is four miles wide at the broadest point. All nine of our wineries are within about five miles of each other.
Is it possible to BIKE to all or most of the wineries?
It’s possible to ride bikes between the wineries, but this would definitely be considered a challenging bike trip. There are numerous hills between the wineries, and many of the roads on the peninsula are high traffic. We care about the safety of bikers, and we caution that riding along the trail may be somewhat hazardous.
WHAT ELSE is there to do during our visit?
Endless indoor and outdoor activities await in popular Traverse City. Visit traversecity.com for ideas for every season!
What is the HISTORY of the wine trail?
The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula is a non-profit trade organization 501(C)(6) that includes nine wineries located on Old Mission Peninsula. The organization is dedicated to marketing the Old Mission Peninsula wineries and wine trail to tourists and visitors of the Traverse City area through collective advertising, branding, media relations, social media, and events. In 2001, five of the nine (current) partner wineries came together with a goal of bringing more people to their tasting rooms. Chateau Chantal, Bowers Harbor Vineyards, Chateau Grand Traverse, Peninsula Cellars, and Brys Estate were the only wineries on the peninsula at the time. In May 2002, the group was officially registered as the Old Mission Wine Growers Association. Since then, the name changed to Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and three additional wineries joined.
Does the wine trail host events each year?
Absolutely! From our signature Mac & Cheese Bake-Off that offers the classic comfort food expertly prepared and paired with our wines, to Divas Uncorked featuring a night decadently designed for ultimate pampering, Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula has a number of events that put a spin on traditional wine tasting. Check out our events listing here.
How far in advance can I purchase TICKETS for trail events?
Event tickets go on sale 60 days prior to each event. Click for our events page. Sign up for our e-newsletter here, where we'll share news on upcoming events. Keep in mind – some events sell out more quickly than others, so it is always a good idea to purchase early.
Do the wineries provide GUEST TRANSPORTATION for events?
No. You can either drive your own vehicle (Designated Driver tickets are available for each trail event) or arrange for a shuttle on your own accord. Click for wine tour & transportation companies in the area.
More questions? Send us an email.