The line up for the 2010 Riesling Rendezvous includes a full team from Northern Michigan. Participating wineries include, Bowers Harbor Vineyards, Black Star Farms, Chateau Grand Traverse, Left Foot Charley, Peninsula Cellars, and 2 Lads. The wineries are also a co-sponsor of the event along with wine marketing boards of Germany, Alsace & Austria.
Riesling Rendezvous is an event that brings together leading experts and producers to explore the versatility of Rieslings from around the world. Northern Michigan winemakers will have unprecedented opportunities to showcase their wines among the world’s great producers, influential media, trade professionals and interested consumers.
Equipped with award winning Rieslings and a new logo representing the hand as the “State of the Riesling” Northern Michigan winemakers will rendezvous with a purpose to highlight their success with this noble grape variety. As a co-sponsor of the event the wineries will be providing wine for one of the lunch programs, serving the region’s wine to more than 250 participants.
When asked about the event, Sean O’Keefe, winemaker at Chateau Grand Traverse elaborates that “a number of Northern Michigan winemakers have been working for many years to create what they believe to be a true regional style. We are excited to be participating in this event, and look forward to presenting our wines alongside the classic Rieslings of Germany, Austria and Alsace. This is a fabulous opportunity for us to show that not only “can” we grow Riesling in Northern Michigan, but that we can do so at the highest international level.”
The event will be held on July 11, 12 and 13th and is hosted by North America’s premier Riesling producer, Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state and Ernst Loosen of Germany’s renowned Dr. Loosen estate.
Information about Northern Michigan wineries participating is below:
Bowers Harbor Vineyards is a family run winery surrounded by epic views of Lake Michigan’s historic Bowers harbor. Our cool climate region produces dynamically expressive varietal wines.
Black Star Farms is a unique agricultural entity that features three tasting rooms, two winery production facilities, a distillery, B&B Inn, and equestrian facility. The winery is proud to represent the viticultural diversity of the Northwest Michigan region.
Chateau Grand Traverse has moved into its second generation of family winemaking – and has grown to be one of the largest Riesling producers in the Eastern United States. Riesling is the winery’s passion, and it has been a tireless promoter of the variety as the Old Mission Peninsula’s signature grape.
Left Foot Charley is a winery located in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. The winery works with 14 local growers exclusively to provide the highest quality fruit for their varietal and blended wines.
Peninsula Cellars is a family run winery located on the Old Mission Peninsula. Their philosophy toward wine making is minimalistic, allowing the regional expression of the fruit to come through.
2 Lads Winery is a 10,500 square foot facility located on 58 acres on the Old Mission Peninsula. They specialize in cool climate red and sparkling wines.
In addition, the wines of Bel Lago and Chateau Chantal will be represented by Linda Jones, of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, as it is acting as co-sponsor for the Michigan portion of the event.