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Why Choose Laurentide Winery?

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Why Laurentide? Because if you  prefer and desire to drink and support local wines, you will find the grapes to  grow our wine on French Road in Lake Leelanau. We are an estate boutique winery, a family owned business since 2006 specializing in cool climate wines.

If you want innovative, creative, award winning wines that honor the terroir of Northern Michigan, try our current vintages of 15 types of wine. With over 160 awards to date, we excell at most wines produced since our 1st 2010 vintage. Try Sauvignon Blanc, our flagship wine or even more unique, our Fume Blanc, the only in Michigan. From fun Bubble de Bubble, a sexy fizzy Chardonnay to  our weighty Reserve Meritage blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, we have a large repertoire of wine to satisfy your tastes and your budgets.

If you yearn for kind and knowledgeable staff, we train our staff and serve our wines with a smile. If we don’t know the answer to your question, we’ll find out if you’d like so you don’t drive away with another  confusing wine myth stuck in your head. Our philosophy is that training is continual and we practice servant leadership. 

If you would like to host a   private event, we offer our lovely tasting room to reserve after hours for small plates wine pairings so you can leave the details and service  to us.  Expert wine pairing and small plate preparations are chosen  per your needs and requests. 

If you want to see the vines that make the wine in your glass, reserve a private vineyard tour available May-October. We’ll take  your small group for a 1 hour guided trip to our vines 3 miles away on one of the highest spots in Leelanau, where you can take a picture, pick  a petoskey stone and smell the grapes ripening.

If you want to mingle, stand at the bar, check out our rotating artist of the month display or shop our retail logo items. If you want a  rendevous, enjoy sitting at the quiet tables inside or out for an intimate chat. Our indoor tables are set aside for customers that desire a sit down tasting of wine flights which can challenge your deductive skills so you leave Laurentide knowing much more than when you entered. We can tease you with blind flights or tailor a custom flight  however you want to delight your palate.

If you are tired of fighting for a parking space and jostling for a spot in a noisy tasting room and if you want to be far from the madding crowds, drive into the bucolic heart of Leelanau.  You can hear the birds, the buzz of the bees and listen to  the live music playing on the patio,  on the stereo or in your heart while sipping superb wine at the bar, or tables inside and out.

  If you want to know that Wine is History  started 350 million years ago and the reason why we are named Laurentide, please visit us, stay a while, lend an ear and we’ll tell you our story: Laurentide Winery.  

Cheers! See you at Laurentide…

 

Laurentide Best of Class!

Laurentide Chardonnay 2013 Best of Show!

Wine Competition News and PR

For Immediate Release

February 17, 2015

Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Vineyard & Winery Management
Phone: 707.577.7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com

The International “East Meets West” Wine Challenge Reveals Top Awards
 International Eastern Wine Competition vs. West Coast Wine Competition

Santa Rosa, CA – For the second year, Vineyard & Winery Management combined two of its oldest and most established wine competitions into one by creating the International “East Meets West” Wine Challenge.  The judging was held Feb. 10-11, 2015 in Sonoma County, California. A total of 1164 wines were awarded medals.

Since 1982, the West Coast Wine Competition has annually recognized wines produced and bottled in the West. The International Eastern Wine Competition, started in 1975, is one of the oldest and longest-running wine competitions in the nation.

This year, the competitions merged into one large event.  Wines were simultaneously judged in two established regional divisions: International Eastern Wine Competition and the West Coast Wine Competition. Traditional awards were given in each division. Best of Show winners moved on to compete in the East Meets West Taste Off to see which wine was best overall. This afforded each entrant two chances to win medals: one in its own division and one in the Taste Off.  A Riesling Championship was also held.

“This challenge allows eastern and western wines to compete in their own right while allowing each to contend on a national scale,” said event producer and Vineyard & Winery Management magazine publisher Robert Merletti.

According to Director of Wine Competitions and Chief Judge Debra Del Fiorentino, “This format worked well for us last year and has gained momentum this year.  Keeping these established brands intact and adding a twist like the East Meets West Taste Off put an exciting spin on the challenge.”

The International Eastern division garnered 22 best of class, 23 double gold, and 76 gold medals.  The West Coast division collected 25 best of class, 12 double gold, and 68  gold medals

Our Chardonnay, 1 of 22 Best of Class medals awarded in the International Eastern division! 

Thank you to all those who contributed to making this a fine, fine wine from our vineyard workers to wine maker.

We are grateful.

Susan and Bill Braymer, Laurentide Winery