PARADISE ON THE PENINSULA
The Grey Hare Inn Vineyard Bed and Breakfast is perfectly situated on Old Mission Peninsula so that guests find themselves both in the quiet countryside, yet also minutes away from all the vacation amenities of Traverse City.
The Inn is in the heart of Northern Michigan’s Wine Country just 7 miles North of Traverse City. Within walking distance to several members of the Wineries of Old Mission (WOMP) and a short drive to others. Old Mission Peninsula’s North end is at the 45th parallel; a similar latitude to the wine regions of the Pacific Northwest, Germany and France. The surrounding bays provides a tempering of the weather so the Peninsula becomes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer; yielding a perfect climate for growing wine grapes.
History, particularly nautical, abounds on the Peninsula as well as in the entire Grand Traverse region. “Grand Traverse” itself is French for “a large traverse” or “crossing” which the Native Americans were required to do when portaging their canoes. There is a lighthouse at the North end of the Peninsula along with a settler’s log cabin and the missionary Peter Dougherty’s House.
Nowadays, wineries abound and restaurants dot the peninsula in between. There are scenic turnouts in several locations, but one of the prettiest places to just relax with a glass of wine is on the front patio of the Grey Hare Inn, of course!
For more information about everything on Old Mission Peninsula please visit https://www.oldmission.com/.
Michigan Wine Country Links:
– Old Mission Peninsula
– MI Wines/Grape Council
– Wineries of Old Mission
– Peninsula Cellars
– Leelanau Wineries
– Tasters Guild
– Round Barn Winery
– Black Star Farm
– Villa Mari
– Bonobo Winery
– Pure Michigan
– Traverse City Visitors Bureau
– Traverse Magazine
– Maritime Heritage Alliance
Wines From French- American Hybrids Early varieties produced wines of marginal quality. However, continued breeding efforts employing superior vinifera varieties back-crossed to 1st and 2nd generation inter specific varieties or selections have resulted in a number of varieties capable of producing quality wines.
Baco Noir – has been part of the wine grape scene in Michigan for at least 40 years. The vine is vigorous and produces small tight clusters. Grapes ripen in mid-season and produce a deeply pigmented red wine that has been described as “Rhone style” or “Beaujolais”.
Chancellor – wine quality among the better of the French – American Hybrids.
Leon Millot – a wine with an unmistakable deep purple robe and a dense blackberry-like aroma. Even though it is a dry red wine, fermenting whole Millot grapes preserves its deliciously straightforward juicy grape essence. Typically ripens in early September. Excellent with fowl, particularly turkey or coq au vin.
Marechal Foch – sister seedling of Leon Millot. The fruit is early ripening. Wines can be made in traditional varietal style but is evaluated more favorably when blended with a higher tannin grape or wine. Marechal Foch also has excellent potential for production of nouveau wines via carbonic maceration. Wines of a blush style have also been produced from grapes pressed at the time of crush.
Vidal – the white wines made can be quite versatile ranging from off dry Germanic style wines to dry barrel-fermented table wines.
Traminette – a cross of Joannes Syre 23.416 and Gerwurztraminer released in 1996. Wine quality is excellent, nearly identical to Gerwurztraminer.