Mari Vineyards, Traverse City

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Winery / Vineyard · Hidden Gem · Food & Drink
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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!
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  • Second time hereand I love it! The winery is absolutely beautiful!! Outside the stonework and scenery are gorgeous! Took lots of pictures, inside it is again beautiful! My daughter is a huge Oak... 
    Second time hereand I love it! The winery is absolutely beautiful!! Outside the stonework and scenery are gorgeous! Took lots of pictures, inside it is again beautiful! My daughter is a huge Oak...  more »
  • Wow! What a beautiful structure and scenic view. We took the tour and we’re amazed. Reserve a tasting before you go it gets busy! The staff are super friendly and helpful! Many interesting art work... 
    Wow! What a beautiful structure and scenic view. We took the tour and we’re amazed. Reserve a tasting before you go it gets busy! The staff are super friendly and helpful! Many interesting art work...  more »
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  • Great selection of wines to try. It was not too busy when we were here May 2022. They have some chocolate truffles that pair nicely with the wine. Alex was great in his dinner recommendations. Thanks again Alex
  • April 2021 What is there to say? WINE? 5 stars LOCATION? 5 stars STAFF? 5 stars Would I go there again? In a heartbeat if it wasnt so far away! But it was a most enjoyable and relaxing visit and the wine was amazing! And it was even more awesome to grab a couple Oak Island T-shirts as well!!

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