Mari Vineyards founder Marty Lagina made the (some would say) crazy choice to grow grapes that shouldn't grow in Michigan, with the belief that he could produce world class wines that otherwise couldn't be made here. So, true to his Italian heritage, he planted exotic varieties like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and others. Combined with a little creative grape growing and a lot of attention, today his dream has become a reality. Along with classic area grapes like Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Mari Vineyards produces a wide variety of red wines unlike anything else produced in Michigan.
Our first vineyard was planted on Old Mission Peninsula over a hot and frantic weekend in 1999. With thousands of vines - including some of the more uncommon varieties mentioned above - waiting to be planted and either baking in the sun or soaking up too much water, things had to happen fast. Marty and family called in as much help as possible, but in the rush to get the vines planted mistakes were made. Roughly the first seven rows of the vineyard are made up of a random assortment of grape varieties, grabbed haphazardly from their soaking tanks and planted before we realized our mistake. To this day, we do not know exactly what vines are planted in these rows.
What seemed to be a disaster back in 1999 proved to be good fortune. 2006 marked the first official production of our flagship wine, named Row 7 in honor of the first seven mysterious rows in the vineyard and produced exclusively with grapes from that area. True to its origins, Row 7 was unlike anything else we had tried in Northern Michigan, with a flavor all its own.
Come visit the tasting room to relax with a tasting or glass of wine while you enjoy our gorgeous view of East Bay. Make sure to inquire about scheduling a private tour of our facility! Add Mari Vineyards to your Traverse City travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Traverse City trip app .
Mari Vineyards Reviews
This winery is in such a beautiful setting. We stopped here while visiting a friend that had recently moved to Traverse City. There were many choices of reds and whites for the wine tastings. All our.... more »
Our private tour and tasting for our party of 5 was the highlight of our whole trip! Sue was our tour guide and was very personable, funny and full of stories! Our timing was perfect as the facility.... more »
A very impressive space with a lot of outdoor seating area. Their wines tend toward the drier side, but can accommodate almost all palettes. It’s a bit higher-end but you don’t need to be overly dressed in order to visit. All the servers and staff were very knowledgeable about the wines and can be very helpful with decision making, so don’t be afraid to ask!
Beautiful surroundings, great view, incredible building and the best wines on our tour of Michigan shores and the peninsula regions. The meat and cheese platter was perfect with our wine. The staff was knowledgeable and the gift shop offered us nice shirts and more. The only thing missing was Marty we are huge Curse of Oak Island fans.
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