True Michiganders are four-seasons enthusiasts. Wine tasting is most commonly known to be a summer activity, however, it is an awesome experience in the winter. Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay hosts an event called Snowshoes, Vines, & Wines. This adventurous event is great to get you outside in the winter with the promise of a warm tasting room full of great wines afterwards.
Black Star Farms on the Leelanau Peninsula hosts an expansive 160 acres that is home to the inn, tasting room, and event spaces. Additionally, almost all of the food made on this property is raised directly onsite. Most importantly, this acreage is used to grow all the grapes that go into creating their famous wines. Hiking trails tie this all together, allowing guests to view firsthand everything offered at Black Star Farms.
Snowshoes, Vines, & Wines is every Saturday and Sunday through February. Rent snowshoes for $15 or bring your own if you have them. Explore the trails anytime for free. Discover multiple routes and take one of the provided maps to steer your course. Take the trails through the woods and vineyards and experience all that Black Star Farms has to offer. Encounter employees grooming horses and deer running through the apple orchards. Scale the hills and enjoy the expansive views.
After the snowshoe adventure, there is still much to do within the campus of Black Star Farms. The tasting room is open and wine is always flowing. 5 tastes are $7, and tasters can purchase a full glass as well. Specifically for the Snowshoes, Vines, and Wines events, Black Star Farms’ outdoor patio is open and full of great things. Homemade chili is available for $6 and a cup of mulled cider or wine for $5. Hot chocolate is also available for $2.
Because we are winter and wine enthusiasts at The Awesome Mitten, we enjoy this event tremendously. Consequently, we would love to hear from you and learn about your favorite winter activities!
What do you do to embrace our long winters? Where are your favorite snowshoe hikes?