Wine Month

Traverse City Wine Month: A Toast to Michigan's Wine Country

Celebrate Traverse City Wine Month in May

Welcome to Traverse City Wine Month, an annual celebration that takes place every May, dedicated to the exceptional winemaking tradition of Northern Michigan. Traverse City, nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan, is at the heart of the region’s acclaimed wine country, making it the perfect setting for a month-long festivity honoring the art of viticulture and the area’s rich, diverse terroirs. Whether you’re a seasoned wine aficionado or new to the world of wines, Traverse City Wine Month offers a variety of events and activities that promise to enrich your understanding and appreciation of Michigan wines.

Special Vino Events

Winery Tours and Tastings

Experience the essence of Traverse City Wine Month with guided tours and tastings at local wineries. These intimate sessions provide a behind-the-scenes look at the winemaking process, from vine to bottle, and offer the chance to sample award-winning wines. Participating wineries may also offer exclusive Wine Month specials, including limited-edition releases and discounts.

Wine Education Workshops

Delve deeper into the world of wine with educational workshops led by local vintners and sommeliers. Learn about the characteristics of different grape varieties, wine pairing principles, and the nuances of Michigan’s wine-growing regions.

Wine-Paired Dinners

Indulge in the culinary delights of Traverse City with special wine-paired dinners at local restaurants. These gourmet events feature multi-course menus designed to complement the flavors of Michigan wines, providing a gastronomic journey that showcases the best of local produce and winemaking.

Art and Wine Walks

Explore the vibrant streets of Traverse City during Art and Wine Walks, where local galleries and shops open their doors for an evening of art, wine, and community. Enjoy strolling from venue to venue, sipping on local wines and admiring the work of local artists.

Spring Blossom Tours

Traverse City Wine Month coincides with the breathtaking bloom of cherry and apple blossoms, offering a scenic backdrop for your wine country explorations. Many wineries participate in spring blossom tours, allowing visitors to enjoy the picturesque landscapes while learning about the importance of these blossoms to the region’s agricultural heritage.

Planning Your Visit

When planning your Wine Month in Traverse City consider the following tips


With a full calendar of events throughout May, consider booking your stay in advance to secure the best accommodations. Traverse City offers a variety of lodging options, from charming bed and breakfasts to luxurious waterfront resorts.


To fully enjoy the wine-tasting experiences, consider arranging transportation through local tour companies that offer guided wine tours, including safe transportation between wineries.

Stay Informed

For the most current information on Traverse City Wine Month events, including dates, times, and ticketing, visit the official Traverse City wine country website or the individual wineries’ websites. This will help you plan your itinerary and ensure you don’t miss any must-attend events.

Traverse City Wine Month is not just a celebration of wine; it’s an invitation to explore and connect with the heart of Michigan’s wine country. Whether you’re savoring a glass of wine amidst the beauty of the vineyards or enjoying the local flavors of a wine-paired dinner, May in Traverse City is a time of discovery, enjoyment, and celebration. Join us in toasting the craftsmanship, community, and natural beauty that make Michigan wines truly special.

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