TASTES of Black Star Farms is housed in one of North America’s largest and most innovative redevelopment projects, the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Only a mile from downtown Traverse City, this project preserves history and green space while promoting a community of businesses and residences.

Located on the Mercato garden level, the tasting bar and bistro offers small plates plus samples and retail sales of Black Star Farms’ wines and brandies.  Vodkas and whiskeys from Grand Traverse Distillery are also available as well as a variety of fun cocktails.

The Matterhorn Grill Dinner is a simple and traditional European-style meal of Leelanau Cheese Company’s award-winning raclette cheese melted and poured over a selection of table-top grilled ham, sausages, potatoes, fresh vegetables, apples, and hearth-baked bread. Dinner is paired with your selection of samples of Black Star wines. They are offered nightly for $30 per person. This can be a romantic dinner for just the two of you secluded in one of our cozy nooks, or a festive evening for your group.  Please call 231-944-1349 for information. Reservations are encouraged but not necessary.

For the connoisseur or collector of fine barrel-aged spirits we also provide the opportunity to craft your own whiskey. We stock empty barrels in 1, 2 and 3 liter sizes, and you can pick from among five un-aged Grand Traverse Distillery spirits. These include two styles of bourbon, a 100% rye, and Irish or Scotch blends. Simply fill your barrel, age to your taste and amaze your friends with your own distinctive spirit.


Sunday from Noon to 4pm

Monday – Wednesday from 11 am to 7 pm

Thursday – Friday from 11 am to 9 pm

Saturday: 10 am to 9 pm (open early w/ Bloody Marys & more for Village Indoor Farmers Market)


For general tasting room information contact Valerie Micham at 231-944-1349 or vmicham@blackstarfarms.com. If you are interested in private events, receptions and parties contact Stephanie at 231-944-1258 or stephanie@blackstarfarms.com.

The Mercato – 800 Cottageview Dr. Suite 35
Traverse City, MI 49684
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Directions: From the Bay, take US-31 (Division) south to 11th St. and turn right. Go straight through the first stop sign and bear left on Silver Dr. Bear right on Cottageview Dr. and turn into the second parking lot on your right. TASTES is located on the ground level just to the right of the main entrance to the Mercato.