It's no surprise to find the Northern Michigan area a burgeoning wine-producing mecca.
After all, it shares the same latitude as wine producing areas of respectable
repute around the globe, such as the Bordeaux region in France, Italy's hilltop Piedmont
region, the Istrian peninsula of Croatia in the Adriatic sea, Krasnodar
Krai ~ the Russian Napa Valley, and China's Northern Silk Road in the province
of Xinjiang, and the undulating hills bordering the Willamette River in our
The Old Mission peninsula's cool climate has sprung forth some fine quality white
wines, but the short growing season, unpredictable frosts and harsh winter provides
challenges for producing consistent vintage red wines.
Villa Mari Vineyards, employing an innovative approach to viticulture, would soon
overcome those challenges, chart a brand new course for wine-making in the area and
stake claim to a fresh reputation for its red wines of complex and rich characteristics.
Villa Mari Vineyardsis nestled on the Old Mission peninsula, an 18-mile long strip of land that divides the Grand Traverse Bay in Northern Michigan at the 45th parallel, half way between the Equator and the North