Mari Vineyards, Traverse City

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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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  • Before you even enter, it's a beautiful location, building, and view...and then you go inside to enjoy a tasting! David is who you need to ask for...very friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and sold us...  more »
  • This place was fantastic. Even snow covered and freezing temps this location is breathtaking. Alex was fantastic walking me through the tasting.  more »
  • First time wine tasting in Traverse City. This was our first stop. As we drove up the winery looked beautiful. Tasted many wonderful wines. Alex our server was knowledgeable, friendly and made our exp...  more »
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  • Tested the wine 🍷- it was great! Loved that I could see the lake, sit outside by a fire or enjoy being inside. Love the wine sippy cups and bought a couple of bottles. Just disappointed that there weren't any adult Oak Island T-shirts except small and kids sizes. The young man working there said they weren't ordering any more for another month 😞. We're huge fans and would have liked purchasing them at the winery.
  • Beautiful location. The wine was average for the area, which is to say, they have a good selection. Most wineries in this area are not bad, but Mari had a beautiful view, and nice location.
  • Lovely place, great wine.. a little higher priced than other wineries in the area but great experience. If u like driver wines go here, they do not specialize in sweet. Dry whites is there thing.
  • Had a wonderful experience, beautiful grounds, had so much fun on our tour and tasting thanks to Jessie Mack!
  • We were on a family vacation and stopped in, the kids in tow were given complimentary juice and oyster crackers. Which was good to help them feel like it wasn't an adult only experience. Enjoyed the wines we sampled and made some purchases to enjoy at home.
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