Petoskey Area Blog

Wineries You’ll Want to Visit

Posted on September 19, 2019

A special kind of cold hardy grape in this special area is why our local wineries are so popular. While you’re here, be sure to visit the tasting rooms in one — or a few. We even have companies who will do the driving for you.  Relax, sip, savor and take home your glass as a souvenir.

1918 Cellars at Castle Farms

The 1918 Cellars Wine Tasting Room at Castle Farms features tasting, glass, and bottle purchases of their own label of Michigan-produced wines. The 1918 Cellars Wine Tasting Room is located in the Queen’s Tavern of Castle Farms in Charlevoix, with both indoor seating and outdoor seating (seasonally) available. The Tavern features a barn wood ceiling and a herringbone-pattern floor with tiles dating back to the original 1918 construction. Combined with the original stonework, these historical accents create a completely unique experience for wine tasting.

Cellars of Royal Farms

Located just south of Charlevoix, the Cellars of Royal Farms is a family owned winery utilizing the fresh fruits of the season for wine and cider making. On tap, they feature assorted hard ciders made from heritage apple varieties. Visit the wine garden or tasting room. Enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of hard apple cider with light food offerings, homemade baked goods, meat pasties, and amazing pies.

Crooked Vine Vineyard and Winery

Crooked Vine is a family-owned boutique winery on 38 acres, just seven miles north of Petoskey. Panoramic views of the Petoskey hills and surrounding lakes can be seen as you relax with a glass of wine on the covered porch. Sample award-winning wines in the rustic tasting room or enjoy a glass of wine strolling through the vineyard, orchard and woods. Crooked Vine Vineyard and Winery’s goal is to produce wines with ‘a sense of place and balance’ while providing a memorable experience.

Mackinaw Trail Winery and Brewery

Petoskey is home to this 28-acre vineyard, winery, bistro, brewery and tasting room. The brewery is located inside the winery and has established itself as a premier microbrewery in northern Michigan. Currently there are eight beers on tap and two hard ciders. A rotation of fresh beers is always occurring.

Maple Moon Sugarbush & Winery

America's FIRST Maple Winery is located on 80 beautiful acres in Petoskey. Maple Moon offers nine vintages of wine and a maple ginger hard cider in their cozy "up north" tasting room. The farm store also offers maple syrup, sugar, and candies as well as maple root beer, jam, honey, salsa, rubs and sauces.

Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery

Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery is located just 3 miles east of downtown Petoskey. Come sit on the 60-foot outdoor patio overlooking 22 acres of beautiful hills and rolling countryside. Whether you are looking for a dry Chardonnay or a sweet Late Harvest Riesling or perhaps something in between, like Petoskey White, Petoskey Farms has made something special for you. Come taste the dry Petoskey Red or sweet LOVE Sangria.  If you still haven't found what you are looking for, try apricot fruit wine or some fine Michigan cherry flavored chocolates.

Pond Hill Farm - Winery, Brewery, Café, Market

Visit this unique Up North wine lovers’ destination located five miles north of downtown Harbor Springs. Delicious wines and hard ciders, alongside farm-raised appetizers and lunches, make for a fantastic experience. Tasting and wines by the glass or bottle are available. Visit the website for special wine tasting dinners. Also try the Tunnel Vision Brewery selection of beers made on site.

Resort Pike Cidery and Winery

Resort Pike Cidery and Winery opened its doors in Petoskey in July of 2017 and only sparkling libations are served here. This is a no frills, comfortable place to enjoy something a little different than at the other wineries in the Petoskey Area. Take a hike at the neighboring conservancy before or after your tasting.

Rudbeckia Winery & Burnt Marshmallow Brewery

The Rudbeckia Winery and Tasting room features wines and 7 beers, cider, mead on tap and lite fare. Nestled in the rolling hills ''Up North'' above the 45th parallel in Petoskey, the farm is situated on 190 acres with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and Walloon Lake. Rudbeckia Winery has an alluring romance with each varietal wine they produce, and is devoted to producing limited quantity, delicious artisanal wines. Co-located with Burnt Marshmallow Brewing.

Seasons of the North

Seasons of the North in Indian River offers handcrafted wines from home-grown fruit - the best that Up North has to offer! Enjoy snowshoeing and wine - wineshoeing - in the winter.

Spare Key Winery

Spare Key Winery is a family owned winery in Charlevoix that has been growing grapes for 6+ years. Beautiful views and delicious tastes await you. Spare Key Winery is one of the few estate-grown and bottled wineries in northern Michigan; their wines are made from grapes grown in their vineyard and processed onsite by their team.

Walloon Lake Winery

Walloon Lake Winery believes in close family and friends, lively conversations, and great tasting wines. Dennis Farms Vineyard and Winery is a family owned and operated business, just minutes from the shores of Walloon Lake, south of Petoskey.

Driving tours of the wineries are offered by Great Lakes by the Bay Transportation, Boyne Highlands Wine Tours, It’s About Vine, Northern Michigan Wine & Beer Tours, Sunset Premier Shuttle, and Vine Ride - Petoskey Area Wine Tours.

Download the Petoskey Wine Region’s app for the latest winery news.

New Call-to-action

About the author

Diane Dakins is passionate about all the lakeside communities that comprise the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. As assistant director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, she has “been there – seen that” when it comes to virtually every area attraction. Her blogs give potential visitors the scoop on planning a northern Michigan vacation.