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Petoskey Area Blog

Wineries and Breweries to Lift Your Spirits

Posted on May 20th, 2021

Part of the fun in a vacation is seeing new places, discovering new things, and enjoying the tastes of the region. The Petoskey Area has all three covered with wineries, breweries and distilleries that are unique to the area. And flat-out uniquely terrific. 

More than a dozen wineries await you with settings right out of a northern Michigan painting. Sip your favorite red or white as you gaze out over the beautiful countryside. If craft beer is more your thing, wait ’til you see what we’ve got brewing. For more proof of the fun you can have here, several distilleries have opened in the past few years.

Be sure to set some time aside for the tours and tastes of a great vacation.

Wineries

Okay, it’s not quite Napa. But the west coast of northern Michigan grows cold, hardy grapes that the west coast of California just can’t match. They’re not just distinctively delicious, they’re award-winners in one competition after another. Many are crafted by people who came here to pursue a dream. You can taste the pride and dedication in every glass they pour.

Wineries and tours are available in Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix and Alanson. These are mostly family-owned locations, with panoramic views of the area’s hills and lakes. Let our local wine experts introduce you to some of their specialties.

This year, some of our wineries have chosen to offer tastings by appointment only. Get all the information you need to enjoy your visit to the Petoskey Wine Region (part of the state’s newest American Viticultural Area or AVA) by visiting Petoskey.Wine.

Breweries

Our breweries are where the good times really pour. Sit down, kick back and get a taste of the best of northern Michigan. These brews are crafted by people who are as passionate abut making it is you are about enjoying it. As a bonus, three of our breweries share their locations with wineries, so you can double your pleasure!

Distilleries

Delicious as they are, sometimes a cold brew or glass of vino simply doesn’t hit the spot. Worry not. Whatever you have in mind, our distilleries have available. From vodka, gin and rum, to whisky, brandy and liqueurs, drinks crafted in northern Michigan are nothing short of amazing. Be sure to put our tasting rooms on your agenda.

Tours

Leave the driving to us. Several tour companies let you sip, savor and delight in the tastes of the region without the concern of getting behind the wheel. So, grab your family and friends and let us transport you on a flavorful adventure.

Be sure to plan ahead. Due to COVID-19, our tasting rooms are operating at reduced capacity. Please call ahead to make reservations or to confirm hours of operation. We don’t want you to be disappointed by anything while visiting the Petoskey Area!

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About the author

Diane Dakins is passionate about all of the communities that comprise the Petoskey Area of Michigan: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. As assistant director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, she has “been there – seen that” when it comes to virtually every area attraction. She strives to create informative content that gives potential visitors the scoop on planning a northern Michigan vacation.

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