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2019 Calendar
Wine Events on Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas

Multi date events are listed first by title and description with dates; then these are followed by single date events with description organized by date

Wine Dinners at the Boathouse on Old Mission featuring wine from local and other area winemakers paired with epicurean delights.   p/p, January 19 Cakebread Wine Dinner; February 2, 4th Michigan Wild Game Wine Dinner with Conservation Resource Alliance. Feb 11 Valentine’s Wine Dinner. For more information

January 13/14 Winter Winery WarmUp Beat the winter blues with the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. Savor delectable comfort food creations paired with wine – a duo sure to warm the insides. A variety of Old Mission Peninsula-based restaurants and businesses are getting in on the fun, too. They’ll offer dining and retail specials for event guests. Make it a weekend retreat! $20 p/p
Bonfire at the Grey Hare Inn at 5pm with wine soaked marshmallows to roast!

January 21 Sips and Soups This SOUPer event is hosted on the Leelanau Wine Trail from 12 – 5pm for $20 p/p, with $5 being donated to Leelanau Christian Neighbors organization. You’ll enjoy a yummy soup and wine pairing at participating wineries along the trail. Tickets at

February 9,10 “Taste the Passion” Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Love is in the air along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail during this annual celebration of wine, chocolate and love! Indulge on delicious food and wine pairings and partake in optional winter activities.
Tickets are $35 per person and include a souvenir wine glass and a delicious Leelanau wine and small plate pairing of sweet or savory fare at each winery. It’s a great way to enjoy the peninsula’s winter wonderland.

February 16 “Romancing the Reisling” – It’s a Love Affair to Remember
This annual event celebrates Riesling, one of the varietals for which our wine region is most celebrated. Each winery pairs favorite Rieslings with a delectable food offering – all in honor of the famed grape. Fair warning: It may get a little lovey dovey – WOMP fans are crazy about their Rieslings! $20 in advance $25 at the door.Spread the love! During the event, use #WOMPRomance when sharing your posts, photos, and videos of this festive event on your social media.

February 23-March 2 Traverse City Restaurant Week. Book your room at the Grey Hare Inn and we will make your reservation at the restaurant of your choice for a $25 per person dinner.

March 18th “Sips, Chips and Dips” – a Leelanau free event from 12 -5p with each winery featuring a complimentary pairing of a snack and wine. To give you a sample of the sample Black Star Farms 2015 option was Mountain Dew Fondue and Funyuns paired with Isidor’s Choice Pinot Grigio.

April 8th “Small Plates” a progressive “dinner” featuring tapas at numerous Leelanau wineries. Reserve early for this one.

May 4 and 5th “Spring Sip & Savor on Leelanau Wine Trail” Saturday 11:00 to 6:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm, $35 per person
As our vineyards wake to the sun and warmth of May, enjoy delicious wine and food pairings and indulge in your senses Tickets are limited and typically sell out, so get yours TODAY! Tickets are $35 and a $5 donation for every ticket sold goes to the Bruce Simpson Winemakers Scholarship to help students in their quest for a career in viticulture or enology in Northern Michigan.

May 18th “Blossom Days” See Old Mission at the peak of springtime beauty with special offerings at the Wineries of Old Mission. Tickets go on sale 60 days before the event.

June 8th “Divas Uncorked” For a fun girl’s night out on the Old Mission. Stay at the Grey Hare Inn during this traditionally sold out event

June 10-11 City of Reisling at Left Foot Charley’s

Reknowned wine makers, journalists and sommeliers from around the world will once again converge on the fair shores of Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Michigan, to connect with each other, learn, and explore the Best White Wine on Earth. This global wine event hosted in Michigan wine country is the fourth time an international set of industry rock stars will experience hundreds of the finest examples of Riesling (and some surprises) from every major wine-producing country and region in the world, all while surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of northwestern lower Michigan. Guests rub shoulders throughout the weekend with visiting dignitaries, as we partner with the wine world to educate the local community about the economic and environmental impact of the wine industry, in a one-of-kind series of tasting events and panel discussions, with more learning, food, entertainment and fun.

June 8 th “Leland Wine and Food Festival” Always the second weekend in June this tradition continues with local award-winning wines, delicious specialties from local restaurants and vendors… while soaking up beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands. Our ‘come & go’ re-entry encourages you to explore our beaches, unique shops and Historic Fishtown.

Sept 7, 8th  “Leelanau’s Harvest Stompede” This annual weekend features a spectacular race through Leelanau’s vineyards followed by a self-guided wine tour along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail featuring world class wines and culinary delights that reflect the season’s bounty.

The Harvest Stompede Wine Tour starts on Saturday immediately following the race. The tour takes place from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $40 and include a souvenir wine glass and a special wine pour and food pairing at each of 23 participating wineries along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. (Tickets do NOT include race registration.) To highlight the region’s culinary excellence, each winery will be partnering with farmers and restaurants to feature local ingredients in their food pairings.

October Weekends “The Hunt for the Reds of October” enjoy a free taste of the great reds grown on Leelanau with pinot noirs that are light and aromatic, or complex Merlots and Cabernet Francs for those who know the secret code. A portion of the weekends sales goes to the various charities.

November 5, 6 or 12, 13 “Toast the Season” on Leelanau

November 23, 2019 “Macaroni and Cheese Cookoff” Fantastic pairings of Old Mission wines and local restaurants in several categories of cheeziness. This event sells out early so get your tickets right away! Special related offerings at the Grey Hare Inn

Other Local wine, beer and foodie events by date

February 16 Taster’s Guild A Taste of Success at Great Lake Campus, Traverse City to benefit NMC Culinary Institute ( )Fabulous Strolling dinner prepared by students.

June 22th Traverse City Wine & Art Festival 4:00 to 9:00 pm at the Villange at the Grand Traverse Commons to celebrate regional wine, food and culture of northern Michigan. Get a true taste of Traverse and the surrounding region with more than 100 local wines, great restaurants, fine artists and live musical performances all in one location! For more info :

Other cultural and foodie events

January 12 th Traverse City Chili Cookoff – City Opera House
Family-friendly DTCA fundraiser where area restaurants compete for top honors in eight categories (1,2 and 3 Alarm, White, Seafood, No Bean, Ethnic and Vegetarian.)

Feb 24- March 2 Traverse City Restaurant Week for the set menu price of $25 per person you will enjoy a 3 course meal at many local restaurants. It’s a great time to visit Traverse City. To maximize your culinary enjoyment the Grey Hare Inn is offering a complimentary 3rd night anytime this week, or 50% a second midweek night discount

February 3 Women’s Winter Ski Tour – Coming home to its original location at Timber Ridge with lots of fun, wine, chocolate , cross country and snowshoes. This is also Super Bowl weekend so before the big game get some exercise.

Feb. 23, Sunday The Great Indoor Folk Festival One of the most fun events of the year as over 50 local musicians perform short sets in concurrent locations throughout Building 50 and Left Foot Charley winery at the Grand Traverse Commons from Noon to 5:30p FREE

March is Beer Appreciation Month on Old Mission. Bed,Beer and Beyond package combines your stay with a pint and pizza at Jolly Pumpkin.

May is Michigan Wine Month
visit for more events

Selected 2016 Wine Events/Industry Conferences Out of the Area

January 15 Grand Haven Wine About Winter 5- 9pm focuses on “wines from warmer climes,” specifically, varietals grown in the Southern Hemisphere’s wine regions including Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

January 12-13 Northwest Orchard and Vineyard Show, Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, MI

February 13,14 “Pioneer Trail Wine and Chocolate” Free Event

April 9,10 Michigan Art Along the Trail Pioneer Trail

January 24-26, 2015 Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference, at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI.

February 3-5, 2016 Midwest Grape & Wine & Craft Brew Conference – St. Charles, MO Convention Center.

February 22-23, 2016 Northern Grapes Project Symposium & Advisory Committee meeting – Kalamazoo, MI,
February 24-26, 2016 Michigan Grape & Wine Conference , Radisson Plaza Hotel – Kalamazoo, MI.

June 18th Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival – Weko Beach, Bridgman, MI Toast the Coast of Lake Michigan Shore wineries with food and music

July 19,20 Round Barn Winery’s Art and Music 12-6p

August 20,21 Round Barn Winery’s annual Harvest Party with live music , food, DiVine vodka and beer samplings, and of course grape stomping. Baroda, MI. The owners of the Grey Hare Inn can personally attest to the fun of this event!

October 8 or 9, Wine Making Camp – part 1 of 2 Harvesting Round Barn in Baroda, MI: they have narrowed it down to the 2 best days of the year; harvesting (October) and bottling (May). Although our camp experience is quite casual it will cover topics of vineyard work, the terroir of the Lake Michigan Shore AVA, and the art of winemaking and blending. Your Round Barn Camp Counselors, AKA our Winemaker and Staff, will guide you in crafting 2 cases of your very own red wine. To break it down, you’ll participate in the behind the scenes work, drink a little wine, learn a lot. Grey Hare Inn owners still have the sweatshirt splattered with red wine from this outing!
November 18 – 20th Grand Rapids International Wine and Food Festival – the third annual event at DeVos Place is already considered one of the largest wine events in the Midwest; featuring over 1200 wines, beers and spirits, more than a dozen restaurants, a variety of food and beverage seminars, and a marketplace of specialty and artisan food vendors.